2014-2015 Events

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September 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Cabe Theatre

Playwright’s Theatre: Rook*Bishop*King*Queen

Playwright’s Theatre, an extension of the Foundation’s Playwriting Contest, produces dramatic readings of new plays by current or former Hendrix students. Cast, crew, and director are also Hendrix alumni and students.

Rook*Bishop*King*Queen
by Robert Preston Jones (Hendrix class of 1975) is a dramatic speculation on the events leading up to the prosecution and eventual execution of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII. Jones’s first play, The Stroop Report, won the Hendrix-Murphy Playwriting Contest in 1999 and was later produced in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. He has recently won awards for his song lyrics and lives in Dallas, where he continues to produce art. An audience and cast discussion will follow the reading. Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.


October 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

An Evening with Nathan Englander
Nathan Eng  lander

Nathan Englander is the author of two short story collections (What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and For the Relief of Unbearable Urges), a novel about the Disappeared in Argentina (The Ministry of Special Cases), and a translation of the Haggadah (New American Haggadah) edited by Jonathan Safran Foer. In 2012 his play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at The Public Theater. He has won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, a PEN/Malamud Award, and the Bard Fiction Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Madison, Wisconsin.


February 19, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Reves Recital Hall

An Evening with Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Writer Kevin Brockmeier
Kevin Brockmeier Small

Kevin Brockmeier, a native of Little Rock, is a much-lauded writer of fantasy and literary fiction. He is the author of the novels The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead, and The Truth About Celia; two short story collections; and two children’s novels. His latest release is the memoir A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of the Seventh Grade. His work has appeared in such venues as The New Yorker, The Oxford American, McSweeney’s, and Tin House. He has received several awards, including a PEN USA, a Borders Original Voices, and three O. Henry awards. He is in residence at Hendrix College during the spring semester as the Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Writer, teaching a creative writing course, “Science Fiction and Fantasy.”


February 26, 2015, 11:10 a.m., Murphy Seminar Room

Director’s Discussion by Freddie Ashley

Freddie Ashley, Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will discuss the play he is directing, The Laramie Project, by Moisés Kaufman. [See March 4 – 7, 2015, for play performance schedule.]


March 4 – 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday—Friday, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Cabe Theatre

The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman
Freddie Ashley

Freddie Ashley, this year's Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will direct a student theatrical production of The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman. In 1998 Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming, was kidnapped and brutally murdered. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. The play is a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder. Freddie Ashley has been the Artistic Director of Actor’s Express Theatre in Atlanta since 2007, with a multitude of directing credits at Actors’ Express as well as other area theatres. He serves on the faculty of Kennesaw State University and holds degrees from Shorter College and the University of Southern Mississippi.


March 31, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Mills C

“The Latin Graffiti of Herculaneum and the Language of Social Media”
Holly Sypniewski

Holly Sypniewski, an associate professor of Classics and the current chair of the Classics program at Millsaps College, is working on a project to document and analyze the Latin graffiti of Herculaneum, a city in Italy which was covered in Vesuvius's eruption in 79 CE. Like Pompeii, it provides us with an exceptional snapshot into life in antiquity, and the abundant graffiti on its walls show us how the Latin language was used by real people in real time. She is particularly interested in examining how the graffiti at Herculaneum function as a means of informal communication akin to today's social media of Twitter and Facebook.


April 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Reves Recital Hall

An Evening with Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Poet Carolyn Forché
Carolyn Forche

Carolyn Forché is an acclaimed poet, translator, and human rights activist. She is strongly associated with the literature of witness and has edited or co-edited two anthologies of "witness" poetry. Her own four books of poetry are deeply spiritual,mystical, and filled with praise for human existence. In addition to her work as a poet and an editor, she has translated the work of many writers and been awarded numerous prizes and grants. In 2013, Forché was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement. She is Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry and Professor of English at Georgetown University.


April 30, 2015, 4:30 p.m., Murphy Seminar Room

The Aonian/Hendrix-Murphy Literary Contest Winners’ Reception and Reading

Winners of the Hendrix-Murphy Literary Contest will read their entries during a reception, which will also celebrate the debut of this year’s campus literary and visual art magazine, the Aonian