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Emerson Event – Friday Sept. 16, 7 pm

Paul McComas

An evening of monologues and music with Paul McComas

Paul McComas brings the human condition to light and to life through fiction writing and live performance, using dramatic and comedic enactments of scenes from his own work to demonstrate “the lies that tell the truth.”  You will be entertained and inspired by this candid and lively “inside look” at narrative, characters, and the creative process.

A Milwaukee native, he received a BA in English from Lawrence University and an MA in Film from Northwestern University. His film work has been screened at festivals worldwide and honored by the American Film Institute. A bass player and singer/songwriter, McComas founded and ran Rock Against Depression, a teen-suicide prevention program that won him a Distinguished Service Award.

As a performance artist, McComas brought his book, Unplugged, to life at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay in 2004.  A year later he returned to TAP with The Lying Game and in 2008 he used home movies to punctuate his reading from Planets of the Dates.  Poetry in (E)motion: The Many Moods of Verse brought him back in 2010 when he shared the TAP stage with local poets who had written about local historic schoolhouses.

McComas has earned international and national awards for his short-form dramatic and comedic movies.  He has taught at Northwestern University, National-Louis University, and Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden Center.

McComas is the author of four and editor of two books of fiction. His 2008 coming-of-age novel Planet of the Dates is in development as a feature film. He is currently co-authoring Logan’s Journey (slated for 2013 publication) with William F. Nolan, author of the science fiction classic Logan’s Run.

Tickets are available at the door for $10. A reception and opportunity to meet McComas will follow the performance.

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