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.

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

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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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

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.

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.