The Department of English and the Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts are pleased to welcome South African playwright Fatima Dike to the John Carroll campus. Fatima Dike's first play The Sacrifice of Kreli premiered at the Space Theatre in July 1976. In 1979, she received her first award, The Papillion Rising Star Award. Since then, she has written ten plays and has received numerous awards at home and abroad—most recently the Living Legend Award at the National Black Theatre Festival. There will be a staged reading of Fatima Dike's play The Return, read by students in her playwriting class and direted by Michael Simons, this Friday, February 18 at 7:30PM in Marinello Little Theatre in the Lombardo Student Center. The Return is the story of a man returning to South Africa with his American wife to prepare for a traditional wedding ceremony. In the process, he and his parents confront memories of the death of his brother and the secrets concerning that death, as well as how the past and present will live side by side in the new South Africa. This reading is free and open to the public. For more information, call 216-397-4191.