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.

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CLYBOURNE PARK and A RAISIN IN THE SUN weekend of public engagement

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Both plays are inspired by Carl Hansberry’s purchase of a home in a Chicago neighborhood with a racially restrictive housing covenant, which resulted in the Supreme Court case Hansberry v. Lee in 1940.

Please join us for exciting events surrounding the Department of Performing Arts’ production of Clybourne Park this weekend!

Bruce Norris’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play Clybourne Park is a serious and surprisingly funny exploration of community, history, race, and identity. Each performance will be preceded by a Talk on the Steps that engages with issues of race, community, or theatre history. In addition, the Department of Performing Arts is producing a staged reading of Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun to complement and deepen audiences’ experiences. (Although Clybourne Park is loosely inspired by events in A Raisin in the Sun, audiences do not need to know A Raisin in the Sun to enjoy Clybourne Park.) Finally, there will be a Talkback following the Sunday performance of Clybourne Park open to the entire Elon community. Continue reading CLYBOURNE PARK and A RAISIN IN THE SUN weekend of public engagement

HARPER REGAN Talk on the Steps by Kirby Wahl

Professor of Performing Arts Kirby Wahl explains his role as dialect coach in his Talk on the Steps for Harper Regan. Wahl demonstrated the Mancunian English used by characters in the play, and taught the audience a short phrase in the dialect.

An animated Kirby Wahl demonstrates dialect for audiences at HARPER REGAN. Photos by Tony Spielberg.
An animated Kirby Wahl demonstrates dialect for audiences at HARPER REGAN on 6 October 2015. Photos by Tony Spielberg.

HARPER REGAN Talks on the Steps

Faculty and students from the Department of Performing Arts will participate in the “Talks on the Steps” series of public lectures and demonstrations before performances of Harper Regan, a dark and gritty contemporary drama that asks what happens if you walk away from your everyday responsibilities and instead live by instinct and emotion. Will you find truth? Each “Talk on the Steps” offers insight into the themes of the play or the creative process from a distinct point of view. Speakers will include:

10/2 at 7:00pm: Theatre Studies and Music double major Meagan Schrock will explore research from her dramaturgical website that dives into Harper’s world of contemporary British culture

10/3 at 7:00pm: Assistant Professor of Theatre History Susanne Shawyer will discuss playwright Simon Stephens and how his themes resonate with American audiences

10/5 at 7:00pm: Student dramaturgs Craven Poole and Kira del Toro Rubeshaw will present their contextual research about Harper’s interests and musical tastes

10/6 at 7:00pm: Professor of Acting and dialect coach Kirby Wahl will demonstrate how the actors learned the distinct Mancunian dialect used by characters from the Greater Manchester region of England Continue reading HARPER REGAN Talks on the Steps