LITTLE WOMEN Talks on the Steps

little_woman_pic_illustration_detail_nd2009_1000px
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.
Continue reading LITTLE WOMEN Talks on the Steps

THE FLOWER OF THE FERN, an original audioplay by Killian Poplyk

Theatre Studies and Cinema & Television double-major Killian Poplyk published his original audioplay, The Flower of the Fern, this week! Created as part of Poplyk’s Elon College Fellows project, the audioplay is an adaptation of a Slavic folktale. Poplyk wrote the script, cast and directed the performers, edited the vocal tracks, mixed sound effects, and composed original music for the half-hour play, now available on YouTube and SoundCloudContinue reading THE FLOWER OF THE FERN, an original audioplay by Killian Poplyk

DIALOGUES by Elie Wiesel on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Join us on Monday April 24th at 12:15pm in the McBride Gathering Space to hear readings of Elie Wiesel’s DIALOGUES by our Elon Performing Arts colleagues and to reflect on Holocaust Remembrance Day as we participate in the National Jewish Theatre Foundation’s Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings in Honor of Elie Wiesel.

This event is free and open to the public.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Talk on the Steps by Hannah Dobrogosz and Katherine Francisco

IMG_2726
Student dramaturgs Hannah Dobrogosz and Katherine Francisco demonstrate Victorian flirting in their Talk on the Steps for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, 6 April 2017. Photo by Devin Kiernan.

Student dramaturgs Hannah Dobrogosz and Katherine Francisco teach audiences how to flirt with a fan in their Talk on the Steps for The Importance of Being Earnest, 6 April 2017, at the McCrary Theatre. They first described Victorian courtship rituals and the proper way to behave when on a date in 1895 London, and then outlined the different ways a lady’s fan could be used to flirt with an eligible gentleman. Flirting discreetly while under the watchful gaze of a chaperone was an important part of Victorian courtship: we see Jack Worthing and Gwendolen Fairfax attempt to flirt while watched by Lady Bracknell in Act One of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

IMG_2727
Drama and Theatre Studies major Hannah Dobrogosz demonstrates flirting using a fan while Arts Administration/English Professional Writing and Rhetoric major Katherine Francisco explains the secret meaning behind the gesture in their Talk on the Steps for THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Photo by Devin Kiernan.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Talk on the Steps by Jessica Burchett and Sophia Diaz

Student dramaturgs Jessica Burchett and Sophia Diaz teach audiences how to properly take tea like a Victorian lady in their Talk on the Steps for The Importance of Being Earnest, 7 April 2017, at the McCrary Theatre. They described the etiquette of Victorian tea parties and walked the audience through the correct ways to place a napkin, hold a saucer, and stir tea. In late Victorian England, taking tea strengthened social bonds and offered opportunities to meet potential suitors. We see Gwendolen Fairfax, Lady Bracknell, and Jack Worthing take tea at Algernon Moncrieff’s home in Act One of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Talk on the Steps by Jessica Burchett and Sophia Diaz

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Talks on the Steps

Join us this weekend for Talks on the Steps as the Department of Performing Arts presents Oscar Wilde’s celebrated comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. Ever wondered how those uptight Victorians went on dates? Do you know if you should curl your pinky finger while drinking tea? Would you like tips on how to mimic Oscar Wilde’s stylish fashions? Find out more from our team of student dramaturgs at our pre-performance Talks on the Steps!

Thursday April 6 at 7:00pm: Dramaturgs Hannah Dobrogosz and Jessica Burchett explain the complicated rules of Victorian dating and courtship etiquette.

Friday April 7 at 7:00pm: Dramaturgs Sophia Diaz and Jessica Burchett teach you how to take tea like a proper Victorian lady.

Saturday April 8 at 7:00pm: Dramaturgs CJ Porterfield and Katherine Francisco describe Oscar Wilde’s fashion and the role of the Dandy in late Victorian culture.

Talks on the Steps take place in the McCrary Theatre lobby and are free and open to the public.
Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is directed by Kirby Wahl. Performances are April 6-7 at 7:30pm and April 9 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $13 or free with Elon ID, available at the Center for the Arts Box Office.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST quiz: Could you survive a Victorian tea party?

Click the link below to find out if you would survive a Victorian tea party like the one in Act One of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest!

https://www.playbuzz.com/beingearnest10/would-you-survive-a-victorian-tea-party

This quiz was created by The Importance of Being Earnest dramaturgy team as part of their lobby display. Come see the performances April 6-9 in the McCrary Theatre. Tickets are now available at the Center for the Arts box office.

Punch cartoon of decadents_aesthetes
A cartoon from PUNCH magazine mocking “aesthetics” like Wilde’s characters from THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.