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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ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Talk on the Steps by Megan Isaac

Dr. Megan Isaac explores Shakespeare’s languages of comedy in her Talk on the Steps for All’s Well that Ends Well at the Roberts Studio Theatre, February 5. Photo by Tony Spielberg.


Dr. Megan Isaac, who teaches in the Department of English at Elon University, takes the step at Roberts Studio Theatre to explore William Shakespeare’s languages of comedy in All’s Well that Ends Well. Dr. Isaac explained how Shakespeare plays with witty language, disguise, gender expectations, and concepts of honor to build comedy in this “problem play.”

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Talks on the Steps

Faculty and students from the Departments of English and Performing Arts will offer “Talks on the Steps” before performances of All’s Well that Ends Well, Shakespeare’s comedy about gender roles, class divisions, mistaken identity, and a reluctant lover who must learn the true meaning of devotion. 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:

Friday Feb. 5: Dr. Megan Isaac of the English Department will explore Shakespeare’s language and the challenges of All’s Well that Ends Well‘s text

Saturday Feb. 6: Assistant Director and Acting major Samantha Potak will discuss how to direct a Shakespeare script, and the complicated role of the understudy. Continue reading ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL Talks on the Steps