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FAU Presents a Series of One-Woman Shows

            BOCA RATON, FL (January 16, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University is bringing adult storytelling to South Florida with the “Ladies of the Night.”   This series of one-woman performances, which will take place at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, includes three dynamic, highly acclaimed storytelling veterans with very different comic perspectives on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. All have brought their shows to the prestigious National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee, as well as many other locations across the country.

            Carmen Agra Deedy opens the series on Monday, January 29 at 8 p.m. with her show “Cuentos: An Evening with Carmen Deedy.” Deedy's parents brought her from Havana, Cuba to Decatur, Georgia, in 1963, following the Cuban Revolution. Her stories of growing up in Decatur are brilliantly realized, moving and completely unforgettable. Deedy has won more than a dozen awards for writing and performing and has appeared at the Library of Congress and as a commentator on National Public Radio's “All Things Considered.” Florida Atlantic University President Frank T. Brogan and Mrs. Courtney S. Brogan are sponsoring the opening reception for this performance.

            Judith Black follows on Monday, February 26 at 8 p.m. with “The Fading Scent of Woman.”   Black, who hails from the Boston area, has been called a cross between Woody Allen and Lily Tomlin.   Black studied in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and toured as an actress with Little Flags Theater Company. A founder of The Three Apples Storytelling Festival, Black helped initiate "Storytellers in Concert," the longest running storytelling series for adults in the nation. Her often hilarious, always poignant award-winning original performances have been commissioned by the U.S. Department of the Interior, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the North Shore Symphony and others. Black has also created three television series.   “The Fading Scent of Woman” explores the experience of women of a certain age—and those who love them.

            Beth Horner presents “Encounter with a Romance Novel: Stories of Love Lost, Found and Fumbled” on Monday, March 19 at 8 p.m.   Horner is beloved as a vivacious talent who punctuates her trenchant tales with music and comedy. For 23 years, she has captivated audiences and won awards at venues including the National Storytelling Festival, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Live from National Geographic and even NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. As one reviewer wrote: "Horner's timing and delivery are so moving and funny that her performance is akin to great stand-up comedy." A favorite at storytelling festivals throughout the country, Horner has produced a six-part storytelling series for radio.  

The “Ladies of the Night” series is co-sponsored by the School of the Arts and School of Communication & Multimedia Studies in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. Tickets are $15 and $20 with group rates available.   For more information about the shows, call 561-241-7432 or 877-245-7432, or visit   For further information about storytelling, contact Caren Neile at or 561-297-0042.

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