On stage with Laura Linney

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    Actress Adrienne Thompson speaks during a panel discussion for students. She has performed in Linney's plays, is a founding member of Signature Theatre in New York and teaches at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

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    Laura Linney, who stars in Showtime's "The Big C," speaks during a panel discussion for students.

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    Students Tyler Kleckner and Luke Schaffer read lines from a Romulus Linney play during a master class with professional actors.

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    Student Katie Hickling reads a scene from a Romulus Linney play with Scott Sowers, a founding member of New York's Signature Theatre. "Reading with Scott really pushed me to my limits. He made me work hard to keep up with him, and I know that lesson will stick with me and help me as I continue to grow and mature as an actress," Hickling said.

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    Playwright and actress T. Cat Ford offers feedback to students during a master class. She originated a number of roles for playwrights Romulus Linney and Lanie Robertson.

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    Provost Lori Gonzalez speaks during the dedication of the Linney papers. "Researchers and students will be captivated by the emotional strength of his language. They will see how he edited scenes and learn about him as a person. His papers will add immensely to the intellectual value of the library," she said.

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    Professor emerita Susan Cole, friend of Romulus Linney and former chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, speaks during the dedication of the Linney papers in Belk Library and Information Commons. Her department produced six of Linney's plays, and he worked with Appalachian students on many occasions when visiting the area.

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    Dean of Libraries Mary Reichel, far right, at the papers dedication with members of Romulus Linney's family: from left, cousin Paul Coffey, daughters Laura Linney and Susan Linney, widow Laura Callanan, and cousin Frank Coffey and his wife, Joyce.