Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature and Language

2013-2014 Events

September 13, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Cabe Theatre

Playwright’s Theatre: Docksology

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.

Docksology by Gordon Maxwell Bolar (Hendrix class of 1970) centers around the Bentley family, gathered at the eldest brother’s lakeside cottage in northern Michigan to celebrate Memorial Day—a day that will be keenly felt, with the younger brother’s son having died the previous fall in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb exploded under his convoy jeep. An audience and cast discussion will follow the reading. Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

October 3, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poets C. D. Wright and Forrest Gander

C. D. Wright and Forrest Gander, a husband-wife duo, are both acclaimed poets who teach at Brown University and have published numerous award-winning volumes of poetry, as well as scholarly works. Wright has published a dozen poetry collections, and her most recent book, One With Others, won the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and the Lenore Marshall Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Forrest Gander has authored several collections of poetry as well as a novel and a book of essays. His 2011 book Core Samples from the World was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also a translator, and his co-translation with Kyoko Yoshida of selected poems by contemporary Japanese poet Kiwao Nomura won the Best Translated Book Award of 2012.

October 31, 2013, 11:10 a.m., Murphy Seminar Room

Director’s Discussion: "Play-FuLLness"

Daniel Stein, Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will discuss his play, STILL. GOING FORWARD BACKWARD. [See November 13 - 16, 2013, for play performance schedule.]

November 13 – 16, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Cabe Theatre


Daniel Stein, this year’s Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will direct a student theatrical production of his play, STILL. GOING FORWARD BACKWARD. According to Jeff Hudson of NPR Radio’s Morning Edition, it is "an enormously playful presentation in a visual sense, but very grown-up at the same time, with themes running to sexual attraction, infidelity, and relationships that break down." Daniel Stein is currently the Head of Movement and Physical Theatre at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Theatre MFA Acting Program. He is also the Director of Theatre for the Accademia Dell’Arte Summer Institute in Arezzo, Italy. He spent 20 years in Paris, starting his professional career as an actor with the French National Theatre. His solo performances have toured in more than 30 countries and he has taught master classes throughout the world, also receiving grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and the Pew Charitable Trust. He is also a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.

February 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Staples Auditorium

Miranda July "My Autobiography"

Writer, artist, and filmmaker Miranda July’s fiction has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, Harvard Review, Zoetrope, and Fence. In 2007 she published a short story collection, No One Belongs Here More Than You, which won the Frank O’Conner International Short Story Award and has been published in 20 countries. Her latest book is It Chooses You, published by McSweeney’s in 2011. She created a participatory website, www.learningtoloveyoumore.com, and a companion book was published in 2007. That work is now in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. July wrote, directed, and starred in her first film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won prizes at both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. Her most recent film is The Future (2011). Raised in Berkeley, California, she currently lives in Los Angeles.

March 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Mills C

"Plautine Fides: Parody of Cults to Divine Qualities in Roman Comedy"

Seth Jeppesen, a professor of Classics at Brigham Young University, earned his PhD in Classical Philology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he specialized in the study of ancient drama, Roman Comedy in particular. He combines theatrical performance with traditional textual and historical analysis of his material. He has also appeared as an actor in venues such as the Los Angeles Public Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Roman Comedy in Performance.

April 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall

An Evening with Murphy Visiting Writer Trenton Lee Stewart

Arkansas native Trenton Lee Stewart, the author of the award-winning, New York Times best-selling Mysterious Benedict Society series, has published fiction in The Georgia Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. His novel for adults, Flood Summer, is praised as "a Greek tragedy by way of Arkansas." He is in residence at Hendrix College during the spring semester as the Murphy Visiting Writer, teaching a creative writing course, "Writing and Publishing Fiction."

May 1, 2014, 4:30 p.m., Murphy Seminar Room

The Aonian/Murphy Programs Literary Contest Winners’ Reception and Reading

This annual celebration will present the winners of the Murphy Programs Literary Contest who 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.