Thursday, January 22, 2009

Some Free EnrichMINT Events

The Mint Theater's next production will be The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd by D.H. Lawrence, starting performances on February 4th. As always, the Mint will be presenting a number of free events designed to enrich and expand the theatergoing experience. Here's a sampling:
  • Saturday February 14th, after the matinee: "Lawrence & Dramatic Modernism" -- Talkback/discussion with Gregory F. Tague, associate professor of English at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights; he is the author of Character and Consciousness (2005), Ethos and Behavior (2008), and, most recently, the editor of Origins of English Literary Modernism, 1870-1914 (2009)
  • Saturday February 21st, after the matinee: "Connecting the Dots in the Work of D.H. Lawrence" -- Talkback/discussion with Elizabeth Fox, who is the current President of the D.H. Lawrence Society of North America, and has delivered and published papers using psychoanalytic theory to explore Lawrence’s works. Elizabeth teaches at MIT and New England Conservatory of Music.
  • Sunday February 22nd, after the matinee: "Love, Hate, & Conflicted Grief in The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd" -- Talkback/discussion with Jeffrey Berman, who is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the University at Albany and the author of ten books, including Dying to Teach: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning.
  • Saturday February 28th, after the matinee: "Literary & Autobiographical Sources of D. H. Lawrence’s Plays" -- Formerly an arts journalist for Back Stage and Backstage.com for 26 years, Victor Gluck is currently a drama critic for TheaterScene.net. He leads this talkback/discussion.
  • Saturday, March 21st at 11:30 am: "How Plays Work" -- Martin Meisel, Brander Matthews Professor Emeritus of Dramatic Literature, Columbia University and author of How Plays Work, will draw upon his recently published book in discussing The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd. Meisel will articulate some of the most important aspects of drama as a performed art while exploring their workings in Lawrence’s play. In this 90 minute session, Meisel will examine how a play defines its world; how it creates and redirects expectation; how it organizes space and time; how it shapes action, uses words, creates meanings; and how, at its most fulfilling, it combines the experience of wonder with that of involved witnessing. This session is free and open to the public: you may have already seen the play, or plan to see it on this day or in the future--or not at all. There will also be a Q & A with Professor Meisel after the performance.
You can learn more about these events and The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd here.

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