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.
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
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.
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
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.
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