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'Mystic River' author featured

An American Stage fundraiser takes the Actors Studioapproach with Dennis Lehane.

Published April 23, 2006

ST. PETERSBURG - Dennis Lehane, who wrote the bestselling novel Mystic River, will be the featured artist Saturday at a fundraiser for American Stage.

Producing artistic director Todd Olson will lead a discussion with Lehane fashioned after the Bravo television feature Inside the Actors Studio. Afterward, patrons will see Coronado, Lehane's first play.

The evening will conclude with a question-and-answer session with the show's stars and director.

Lehane has published seven novels. Mystic River, the most celebrated, was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted for the Academy Award-winning movie of the same name. Gone, Baby, Gone, published in 1999, is being adapted for film and is scheduled to be Ben Affleck's first directorial effort next year.

Lehane is a graduate of Eckerd College and a co-director of its annual Writers in Paradise conference, where Coronado was staged in January. The play, based on his short story Until Gwen, is a thriller for mature audiences.

Coronado opens Tuesday. Tickets for Saturday's event, which begins at 6 p.m., are $75.

For more information: 823-7529;

[Last modified April 23, 2006, 10:50:50]

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