Events at the Libraries
Laurence Luckinbill Papers Announcement and Reception|
6/18/2012, Walton Reading Room, Mullins Library
Please join us for a press conference and reception in honor of Laurence Luckinbill, McIlroy Family Visiting Professor, and in celebration of the acquisition of his papers by the University of Arkansas Libraries on June 18, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Helen Robson Walton Reading Room in Mullins Library. An exhibit in the Walton Reading Room display case features photos and memorabilia from his papers.
Luckinbill was born in Fort Smith. He graduated from the department of drama in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences in 1956 and earned a master of fine arts in playwriting from the Catholic University of America in 1958. Luckinbill worked for the United States Foreign Service in Africa and Italy as a theater director, writer, and lecturer. He was a Tony nominee for The Shadow Box and a recipient of the New York Critics Circle Award for The Memory Box. Luckinbill works extensively as an actor, writer and director for the stage and screen. His humorous, complex and heartfelt one-man scripts examine the lives of iconic men whose challenges and struggles are as relevant today as when they lived. A graduate of the department of drama, Luckinbill currently tours the world in his award-winning solo performances portraying Lyndon Johnson, Clarence Darrow, Theodore Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway. He has been writing and acting in such performances portraying great Americans for almost two decades.
After Luckinbill's personal and professional papers are processed, they will be open to researchers in the special collections department in Mullins Library.
"The Luckinbill papers document the varied acting and writing career of an Arkansas native," said Nutt. "From Broadway to Star Trek to one-man shows, Luckinbill has honed his craft while becoming one of the most respected names in the industry. His forty-plus year career is well-documented in his personal and professional papers through correspondence, photographs, props, and even an action-figure, among other materials. The University of Arkansas Libraries is proud to be the home to this prestigious collection. Once organized, the collection will provide researchers, scholars, and future thespians a view into the actor’s studio."