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Lawrence playwright’s work showing in NY

Dean Bevan, left, and Betty Laird rehearse a scene from "On Golden Pond" in this April 2007 file photo. Bevan, a former Baker University English professor known for local theater performances, will have his play "Haunted" performed this week at the Algonquin Theater in New York City.

Dean Bevan, left, and Betty Laird rehearse a scene from "On Golden Pond" in this April 2007 file photo. Bevan, a former Baker University English professor known for local theater performances, will have his play "Haunted" performed this week at the Algonquin Theater in New York City.

August 10, 2008

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A Lawrence playwright has a one-act play showing this week in New York.

Dean Bevan, a retired Baker University English professor who frequently acts in local productions, has his play "Haunted" at the Algonquin Theater Monday through Friday. It's being produced by Love Creek Productions.

"The theater it's being performed in is a small, typical off-Broadway black box theater," Bevan says. "But hey, it's New York."

Bevan wrote the play in 2002. Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., performed it that same year, and Lawrence's EMU Theatre staged it in 2006. It also has had runs at the Playwright's Circle in Palm Springs, Fla., and at Tri-State Actors Theater in Sussex, N.J.

The play follows a married couple who are visited by the man's former lover. It has a three-person cast.

Bevan recently stopped by a rehearsal in New York while in the region to see the production in Sussex.

"It was really something," he says. "They had been rehearsing it for three weeks. I forgot I was watching a play."

He also left a copy of one of his full-length plays, "Choice," with the company with hopes that they might continue to produce his works in the future.

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