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.
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
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.”
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