LOWELL, Mass. – You’ve no doubt seen her on the screen in countless films. Now you can see Meryl Streep in person.
Streep, who has played more than 100 roles and holds the record for the most Academy Award and Golden Globe Award acting nominations, will take the stage at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
“A Conversation with Meryl Streep” – which will also feature bestselling author Andre Dubus III, a UMass Lowell English faculty member – is the latest event in the Chancellor’s Speaker Series. It is co-sponsored by the UMass Lowell English Department’s Theatre Arts Program and the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships.
Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event go on sale to the public on Friday, Nov. 1 and are $30 for general admission, $50 for reserved arena seating and $70 for reserved floor seating; prices do not include applicable fees and there is a limit of eight tickets per person. Tickets will be sold at the Tsongas Center box office, www.tsongascenter.com and 866-722-8780.
Admission to the event is free for UMass Lowell students with valid ID who obtain tickets in advance and in person at the Tsongas Center box office.
In addition to the program for the public and campus, Streep will attend a reception for event sponsors. For more information on sponsorships, see www.uml.edu/streep.
“It’s an honor to be chosen to participate in the Chancellor’s Speaker Series at UMass Lowell,” said Streep. “I’m looking forward to visiting the campus in February to see all that is happening at UMass Lowell, share my experiences with students and present an event for the public to raise funds for student scholarships.”
The Chancellor’s Speaker Series, which brings individuals at the top of their respective fields to speak to students and the community, launched in December 2012 with a rare appearance by author Stephen King that drew a capacity crowd of more than 3,000 people to the Tsongas Center and raised more than $100,000 for student scholarships.
Over her five-decade career, Streep has established herself as prolific actress, with film, stage and TV credits. She is known for her roles in biopics, portraying British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “Iron Lady,” for which Streep won the Oscar for Best Actress, as well as French chef Julia Child in “Julie and Julia” and whistleblower Karen Silkwood in “Silkwood,” which garnered her two of her record 17 nominations.
Streep has three films in production, including the screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods,” and a fourth that will be in theaters later this year.
Streep has been recognized with acting’s top honors, including three Oscars, eight Golden Globes (also a record), two Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival award, two British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards and five New York Film Critics Circle Awards. She has also been nominated for a Grammy five times and a Tony Award. She was the youngest actor in history to receive the American Film Institute’s AFI Life Achievement Award and a Kennedy Center Honor. In 2010, President Barack Obama presented her with the National Medal of Arts.
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