Arts at Egan opens Friday

Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2011

Arts at Egan opens spring series with lecture on Perseverance production of “The Blue Bear”

Perseverance Theatre and the University of Alaska Southeast will present the first lecture of the Spring 2011 “Sound and Motion” Arts at Egan series with “Transformations of The Blue Bear: Wilderness and Friendship from Page to Stage.” The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at the Egan Lecture Hall on the UAS campus.

In conjunction with Perseverance Theatre’s premier of “The Blue Bear,” author Lynn Schooler will speak on how the quest for the elusive glacier bear created a deep bond between him and Japanese nature photographer Michio Hoshino. Playwright Luan Schooler, who is also Lynn’s sister, will discuss the challenges and rewards in adapting that story of friendship for live dramatic performance at Perseverance Theatre.

Author and photographer Lynn Schooler has lived in Alaska for more than 40 years. Schooler has written four books, “The Blue Bear,” “Last Shot,” “Walking Home,” and “Heartbroke Bay,” the latter published under his pseudonym Lynn D’Urso. He has twice won Alaska magazine’s grand prize for wildlife photography and the National Wildlife Grand Prize for photography, in addition to numerous literary awards.

Playwright Luan Schooler was a Perseverance Theatre company member for several years and acted in many productions including “The Faraway Nearby,” “Mineola Twins,” and “Wonderland.” After leaving Juneau, she worked at the Denver Center Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, and was the literary manager/dramaturg for Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

The Blue Bear opens Jan. 14 at Perseverance Theatre, and runs through Feb. 6. Tickets are available at Perseverance, by calling 463-TIXS, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center and at Hearthside Books.

For more information, call Perseverance Theatre at 364-2421 or visit

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