Monday, April 22, 2013


You may not recognize the moniker Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo at first blush.  But this well known actor, director, author, activist and screenwriter who starred as Hawkeye Pierce in the much revered television show M*A*S*H also answers to the name Alan Alda, an amalgam of the first initials of his first and last name. Currently a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Journalism, he will share his wisdom and philosophy as the Mary and Louis Fusco Distinguished Lecturer on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts.

His forty year career in show business has won him seven Emmys, six Golden Globes and three awards for directing, from the Director's Guild of America.
For more than a decade he has been the host of PBS's "Scientific American Frontiers."  In addition he has published two bestselling novels "Never Have Your Dog Stuffed-And Other Things I've Learned" (2005) and "Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself" (2007).  The second book will be the title of his talk.

Besides his role as the irreverent Dr. Pierce, he has played a Republican senator from California Arnold Vinick on "West Wing," author and humorist George Plimpton in the movie "Paper Lion," a panelist on "What's My Line?" and "I've Got a Secret" televisi

For tickets ($20 and $30 general public, $10 and $15 students and faculty),call the box office at 203-392-6154 or online at  The John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 501 Crescent Street, New Haven.

Come and let Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce share the knowledge he has gleaned over the years and maybe explain how he almost turned down this iconic role because "I wanted to show that the war was a bad place to be."
on game shows, physicist Richard Feynman in "QED," as the President of the United States in the satire "Canadian Bacon," Henry Ford the industrialist in the play "Camping with Henry and Tom," among many others.

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