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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dr. Megan Quigley to Present on New Book, Wednesday, February 18



Megan Quigley is scheduled to give a talk in Falvey Library’s Scholarship @ Villanova series next week: Wednesday, February 18, at 2:30 in Falvey 205. She will be talking about her book, Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language (Cambridge University Press).

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Hidden Room Theatre Group to Visit Villanova Graduate English


Please mark your calendars for March 23-24, when we'll be holding a series of fascinating workshops and performances of an 18th-century puppet-show adaptation of Hamlet by the critically acclaimed Austin, TX-based theater group Hidden Room. No tickets will be necessary. The workshops will be geared toward Villanova and Penn grad students in English, Theatre, and Creative Writing. 

The Hidden Room Theatre’s der Bestrafte Brudermord
On March 23-24, Villanova will host award-winning Texas-based theater group The Hidden Room to stage their original-practices puppet-show production of der Bestrafte Brudermord, the mysterious slapstick Hamlet found in a German manuscript in the 18th century. The Hidden Room's visit to Villanova will include two evening shows, each followed by an artist talk-back, and two workshops on theatre scholarship, dramatic practice, and arts entrepreneurship. This event is co-sponsored by Villanova and the University of Pennsylvania. All members of the Villanova community are invited. Events will take place in the Villanova Cinema. Seating will be first-come.

Monday, March 23
5:00 p.m. Workshop
"Page to Stage: Turning Theatre Scholarship into Practice"
The Hidden Room's collaborations with scholars from Shakespeare's Globe, the American Shakespeare Center, and, most recently, Oxford University's Tiffany Stern have yielded theatrical events that have won multiple awards, critical acclaim, and international attention. Using Hidden Room's der Bestrafte Brudermord as a model, this discussion hopes to illuminate ways that theatre practitioners might build successful working relationships with scholars and use their research to infuse old plays with new life.

6:30 p.m. Scholarly Talk by Prof. Zachary Lesser, University of Pennsylvania Department of English: “Uncanny Hamlets: The Mystery of der Bestrafte Brudermord”

7:30 Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back

Tuesday, March 24
5:00 p.m. Workshop
"The Business of Playing Professionally: Making a Living in the Theatre"
The Hidden Room's artistic director/theatrical deviser, Beth Burns, has worked as an actor, writer, director, stage manager, teacher, lighting board operator, publicist, grant consultant, tour manager, box officer, usher, house manager, dresser, personal assistant, talent wrangler, and janitor. Burns invites you to learn from her mistakes as she details her successes, stumbling blocks, and ways into the future with a focus on a creating a sustainable economic model for a theatrical company, if one indeed exists (she hopes so).

7:30 Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back

Monday, February 2, 2015

American Women Writers Study Group to Host a Discussion of Hannah Crafts' The Bondswoman's Narrative at Villanova University


An Announcement from the American Women Writers Study Group:

Dr. Travis Foster and Dr. Jean Lutes have arranged a discussion of Hannah Crafts’ The Bondwoman's Narrative at Villanova on Saturday April 11, 2015. Discussion will be facilitated by Faith Barrett and Brigitte Fielder, and meeting space, lunch, and coffee will be provided courtesy of Villanova's English department and the programs of Africana Studies and Gender and Women's Studies.

Attendees should meet in the East Lounge of Dougherty Hall for lunch at noon. Discussion will run from approximately 12:30 – 4:30 with a coffee break at about 3 pm.

Additionally, for the benefit of those coming in from out of town, as well as for any interested students, the coordinators of the event have made 7:00 p.m. dinner reservations at Han Dynasty in Old City (http://handynasty.net/oldcity/). If you would like to attend, please take a minute to look over the menu, then let Travis know (1) that you would like to attend, (2) whether you have dietary restrictions, (3) what spice level you prefer on a 1 – 10 scale, and (4) if any dishes look particularly enticing (we can express preferences). We’ll be doing a $25/person prix fixe meal plus any drinks, and we’ll be split over two to three tables depending on how many attend.

Finally, the coordinators of the event are looking for interest in meeting Friday at The Library Company around 3:00 p.m. for a tour of their new exhibition, The Genius of Freedom: Northern Black Activism and Uplift after the Civil War (http://www.librarycompany.org/collections/exhibits/index.htm). If so, please email Travis.

For further questions, please email Dr. Lutes at jean.lutes@villanova.edu or Dr. Foster at travis.foster@villanova.edu.