PULLMAN, Wash. — Femi Euba, professor of theatre and English at Louisiana State University and a distinguished Nigerian playwright, actor, director and authority on the works of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Wole Soyinka, will visit Washington State University Oct. 20-23.

Euba will speak with creative writing classes and coach students who next semester will perform Soyinka’s play “Death and the King’s Horseman” under the direction of Terry Converse, professor of the WSU School of Music and Theatre Arts. Euba, who studied under Soyinka, played one of the leading roles in the playwright’s original production of “Death and the King’s Horseman” in Ife, Nigeria, in 1976. He also has performed roles in several other premiere performances of Soyinka’s plays.

Soyinka, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986, will visit Pullman this coming February to attend the premiere of the WSU production of his play.

Euba’s long association with Soyinka has prompted him to publish a number of articles about Soyinka’s works. He also has directed plays by authors as varied as Euripides, Moliere, Ibsen, Sheridan, August Wilson, Edouard Glissant and Lorraine Hansberry, as well as an award-winning production of Athol Fugard’s “Sizwe Bansi is Dead.”

Euba will be speaking about his relationship with Soyinka and his plays during an informal public lecture at 4:10 p.m. Oct. 20, in Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall. His appearance is sponsored by the WSU English Club and the Department of English. Refreshments will be served.

Additional information about Euba is available online at http://libarts.wsu.edu/english/euba.html.