Elon Dance program’s newest faculty member, Matt Pardo, shared his expertise with audiences in a Dance Decoded talk and demonstration before Echoes, the spring dance concert. Professor Pardo introduced our audience to the concept of minimalism in modern dance choreography. With the assistance of two Dance Performance and Choreography BFA students, he demonstrated how the repetition of a short movement phrase can grow and build into a complex, richly textured dance piece.
American playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton visited Elon University March 3-4 for a weekend of workshops leading up to a public staged reading of her brand new script, The Inferior Sex, a funny and poignant look at 1970s feminism.
In a whirlwind 24-hour period, students in the Acting and Music Theatre BFA programs read and rehearsed The Inferior Sex in two short rehearsals before bringing the script to life in front of an audience of students, faculty, and community members. The Inferior Sex is the behind-the-scenes look at a woman’s magazine that gets political and breaks new ground in an ever-changing world. Assistant Professor of Theatre History Susanne Shawyer acted as dramaturg and Assistant Professor of Acting Kim Shively served as director for the staged reading. Lawton re-worked the script during the rehearsal process, and noted audience responses to The Inferior Sex. As a playwright, Lawton often uses script readings to learn about the strengths of her writing, generate ideas, and make edits as she works on her second draft of the play. Continue reading THE INFERIOR SEX Staged Reading
Elon Drama and Theatre Studies and other Performing Arts students met to discuss Paula Vogel’s Indecent, recently seen on Broadway last year. The script tells the story of how Sholem Asch’s play God of Vengeance became a hit in the Europe and American Yiddish theatre, only to be shut down on indecency charges for a 1923 English-language production at the Apollo Theatre, New York. In telling the story of Asch’s play, Vogel’s poignant, funny, and poetic script also tells the story of European Jews in the early twentieth century, including their struggles with representation, displacement, immigration, assimilation, and persecution. Continue reading INDECENT Discussion Group
The dramaturgy team for Elon’s production of Moment, a contemporary Irish drama by Deirdre Kinahan, created this interactive audience guide as part of their dramaturgical work on the play. In addition to presenting research to the cast, trying out Irish recipes mentioned in the script, attending rehearsals to offer feedback as “first audience,” and creating a lobby display, the dramaturgy team of Mollie Richter, Maeve Riley, Gwen Rygg, and Georgia Smith also developed this website for audiences to enjoy.
Their website looks at the playwright’s influences, explores life in Dublin, and analyzes Kinahan’s script. The students interviewed the director and some of the cast and crew, created a fun “How Irish Are You?” quiz, and compiled musical playlists for the different characters in Moment. Check it out here: https://momentelon.weebly.com/
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.
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.