Posted: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mary McDonnellLEXINGTON, Ky.—Two-time Academy Award nominated actress Mary McDonnell will speak at Transylvania on Wednesday, March 10, as part of the university’s William R. Kenan Jr. Lecture Series. The event, An Evening with Mary McDonnell, at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium, is free and open to the public. (Limited seating; ticket required.) Tickets to the public will be available beginning Monday, February 22.

McDonnell is widely recognized for her dynamic character portrayals. She was nominated for Academy Awards for her work in Dances with Wolves and Passion Fish, and received an Emmy nomination for her role as Eleanor Carter on ER. Other film credits include Independence Day and 12 Angry Men. On television, McDonnell played the role of President Laura Roslin in the mini-series and subsequent series Battlestar Galactica and she has appeared in Grey’s Anatomy.

Equally accomplished in theater, McDonnell played the title role in the Broadway adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Heidi Chronicles, and played Miss Alma in Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke. Off-Broadway, she performed in Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child and John Patrick Shanley's Savage in Limbo. She received an Obie Award for her performance in Emily Mann's Still Life.

Tickets to the public will be available for pick-up beginning Monday, February 22, in the William T. Young Campus Center (west corner of Broadway and Fourth Street). Up to four tickets per person will be available. The campus center hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from noon-8 p.m. and Sunday from 1-10:30 p.m. (859) 233-8269.

The Kenan Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. For more information, contact the public relations office at (859) 233-8120.