Period Styles Acting Workshop

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Kim Shively leads Drama and Theatre Studies students in a period styles acting workshop.
Drama and Theatre Studies students practice their Restoration and early Georgian period style in a workshop with Acting faculty Kim Shively. Students learned how to activate their head-shoulders triangle for graceful posture, communicate romantic messages with a fan, and properly sit down in a corset or frockcoat. The students also read some of William Congreve’s The Way of the World, and considered how the script demonstrates the Restoration era’s emphasis on wit and middle class social codes.

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VIETGONE Discussion Group

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Students and faculty laugh at a joke as they discuss their thoughts on VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen, 27 November 2017, in the Isabella Cannon Room. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

Elon Drama & Theatre Studies and Performing Arts students and faculty met to discuss Qui Nguyen’s 2016 play Vietgone as part of our Contemporary Play Reading and Discussion group. The script combines laugh-out-loud humor with poignant discussion of the trauma of war, popular culture references with hip-hop breaks, musical montages, and a complicated choreographed ninja fight scene. Students in the room voted it their favorite play of the semester!

Vietgone was the last of our three play discussion groups this semester, which focused on new American works by playwrights of color. Join us in Spring 2018 for three new works by American women.

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Discussion Group

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Performing Arts students and faculty read and discuss Young Jean Lee’s script STRAIGHT WHITE MEN as part of the Contemporary Play Discussion Series, 23 October 2017. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

Faculty and students from across campus gathered to read and discuss Young Jean Lee’s new script Straight White Men on October 23, 2017, as part of our Contemporary Play Discussion Group. A very lively conversation followed! The event was sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and  Learning and covered by the Elon News Network.

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Elon students and faculty read and discuss Young Jean Lee’s script STRAIGHT WHITE MEN as part of the Contemporary Play Discussion Series in the Isabella Cannon Room, 23 October 2017. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

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Playwright Steven Dietz Visits for AMERICAN LA RONDE

Playwright Steven Dietz visited Elon to participate in a series of public events connected to Elon’s production of American La Ronde. The production marks the first public performances of Dietz’s newly published script, an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s play Reigen. With director Kevin Otos, Dietz participated in a post-show discussion after the opening night of American La Ronde. He explained that while Schnitzler’s play was transgressive for its depictions of sexual behavior on stage, in American La Ronde transgression comes from characters being honest and truthful, which can be unusual and unnerving in today’s hyper-performative mediatized world.  Continue reading Playwright Steven Dietz Visits for AMERICAN LA RONDE

DISGRACED Discussion Group

Faculty and students gathered on Monday night for our first play discussion group of the year to read and engage with Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced.

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Students and faculty discuss DISGRACED in the Isabella Cannon Room. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

There are three play discussion evenings this semester. The next two are:

  • October 23rd at 7pm: Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
  • November 27th at 7pm: Paula Vogel’s Indecent, sponsored by Read On Elon

Our Contemporary Play Discussion Series takes place in the Isabella Cannon Room. Scripts and snacks are provided. Come hear and discuss exciting new voices from the contemporary American theatre, expand your perspective, and have your mind blown!  Continue reading DISGRACED Discussion Group

LITTLE WOMEN Talks on the Steps

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Frank Merrill’s illustration for the 1880 edition of Alcott’s novel LITTLE WOMEN. Image from HUMANITIES magazine 30.6 (2009).

Announcing Talks on the Steps before performances of Little Women: The Broadway Musical this weekend at the Roberts Studio Theatre! This musical is based on the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott about the coming-of-age of four sisters in Civil War-era America. Each Talk on the Steps explores Little Women from one expert point of view, and gives you extra insight into the themes of the performance.

Talks include:

Thursday April 27 at 7pm: Dr. Rosemary Haskell of Elon’s English Department will explore the connections between the life of Louisa May Alcott and the character of Jo, whose witty observations and strong imagination make her a fan favorite

Friday April 28 at 7pm
: The English Department’s Dr. Megan Isaac examines Little Women the novel as an early example of Young Adult literature, and the Little Women phenomenon that makes Alcott’s creations still resonate with audiences today

Saturday April 29 at 1:30pm: Student set designer Becca Nipper discusses how the domestic life of 19th century American women influenced her scenic design for the production.
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