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Intellectual Hot House

Deborah Sommers just might be the hardest working woman in show biz. Blessed with a big eye for talent and a Rolodex to match, the indefatigable impresario is the program director of Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Performing Arts and, thus, thinks of the world as her oyster. A very big oyster, too.

Think of it as a one-stop shopping center for arts and ideas, offering a smorgasbord of programs that celebrate the creative spirit. The “Quick,” as it’s often called, also has become the cultural epicenter of Fairfield County, drawing far bigger crowds than the school’s other main attraction — the Fairfield Stags hoop team.

In a single year Deborah oversees the production of no fewer than 500 star-studded events — shows you won’t see anywhere else this close to home — absolutely knock-your-socks-off performances by elite artists from around the world and down the road.

The heart of the action is the 750-seat Kelley Theater, which upon completion in 1990 was one of the first new buildings on an ever-developing, 400-acre campus.

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