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March 20, 2001

Professional actress Kaiulani Lee will present her one-woman play A Sense of Wonder, based on the life and work of famous naturalist Rachel Carson, on Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Coastal Carolina Universitys Wall Auditorium. Admission to the event is $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 18.

The play dramatizes Carsons life amid the furor surrounding the publication of her landmark book Silent Spring, which alerted the general public to the dangers of chemical pesticides when it was published in 1962. During the course of the play, she battles the chemical industry, the government and the press in order to get her message to Congress and the American people.

A Sense of Wonder is the story of a womans love for the natural world and her fight to protect it, says Lee, who wrote the play and portrays Carson. She was an extremely private woman thrust into the role of a controversial public figure.

Carson was trained as a marine biologist and zoologist and has been called the patron saint of the environmental movement. In addition to Silent Spring, her other highly acclaimed books include The Sea Around Us and The Edge of the Sea.

Lee, who has more than 20 years experience as a stage, film and television actress, has starred in more than a dozen plays on and off- Broadway and won an OBIE award for her stage work. Her film credits include The Seduction of Joe Tynan, The Fan, The World According to Garp, Cujo and Compromising Positions. Lee has guest-starred in many television series including Law & Order, The Equalizer, Tales from the Dark Side and The Waltons.

For more information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 349- 2502.