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September 11, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Cabe Theatre
Playwright’s Theatre: A Few Lessons on Guided Meditation
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. A Few Lessons on Guided Meditation
by Lesley Dancer (Hendrix class of 2001) is “packed to the gills
with humor,” according to playwriting judge Sarah Gubbins. A young woman’s attempt
at practicing guided meditation to soothe a nervous mind weighed down by life choices
is repeatedly foiled by a playful dog who has no problem living in the now. In addition
to her day job with Celebrity Attractions, Dancer was recently director for a 48-hour
film project, Teller Visions, and also served as stage manager for the
2014 Shakespeare at the Shelter at Our House. She lives in North Little Rock with
Franco, “the best dog ever!” An audience and cast discussion will follow the reading.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.
29, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall
“Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work” by Edwidge Danticat
Born in Haiti, Edwidge Danticat moved to the United States when
she was twelve. She earned a degree in French Literature from Barnard College, where
she won the 1995 Woman of Achievement Award, and later an MFA from Brown University.
Since the publication of Breath, Eyes, Memory in 1994, Danticat
has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a National Book
Critics Circle Award for Brother, I'm Dying, an American Book Award for
The Farming of the Bones, and a MacArthur Genius grant. Her recent
work includes the novel Claire of the Sea Light and the editorship
of The Best American Essays 2011. She also has a picture book,
Mama’s Nightingale, and a young adult novel, Untwine, coming out in
the fall of 2015. She lives in Miami with her husband and daughters.
November 11, 2015, 11:11 a.m., Young-Wise Memorial Stadium Plaza
Veterans Day Readings on Peace and War
Hendrix and community residents will hold a collective reading of war- and peace-related
poetry honoring those who serve and have served in the military. The event will
take place by the statue which honors the sacrifices that Hendrix alumni have made
for their country. Co-sponsored by Dr. Alex Vernon and the Department of English.
19, 2016, 4:15 p.m., Murphy Seminar Room
Director’s Discussion with Melora Kordos
Melora Kordos, Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will discuss the play
she is directing, Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare. [See February
24 – 27, 2016, for play performance schedule.]
February 24 – 27, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday—Friday, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Cabe
Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
Melora Kordos, this year's Murphy Visiting Theatre Director,
will direct a student theatrical production of Shakespeare’s dark comedy Measure
for Measure. Lust, law, and morals fuel the story in Shakespeare’s most searching
exploration of sexual politics and social justice.
Melora Kordos is a professional actor and director in regional theatre and during
the past 20 years has worked at such venues as the Shakespeare Theatre in D.C.,
Folger Theatre, Signature Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Court Theatre, and Star Plaza
Theatre. She has performed in over 50 plays and has appeared in numerous television
shows, films, and commercials, and is an audio book narrator. She is certified by
the Society of American Fight Directors and has been studying and teaching stage
combat since 1992. She was Artistic Director of Studio Roanoke and later the
Renaissance Theatre. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Lynchburg, Virginia,
to teach in the theatre department at Randolph College. She continues to teach Shakespeare
workshops and acting classes.
March 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Reves Recital Hall
An Evening with Creative Writing Faculty Hope Coulter, Jessica Jacobs, and Ty Jaeger
English department creative writing faculty will read from their new books: Hope
Coulter, director of the Hendrix-Murphy programs and instructor of creative writing,
will read from her collection The Wheel of Light (New Poets Series,
BrickHouse Books, 2015); Jessica Jacobs, spring 2016 Writer in Residence, will read
from her Pelvis with Distance: A Biography-in-Poems of Georgia O'Keeffe (White
Pine Press, 2015); and Tyrone Jaeger, director of the Creative Writing Program and
Associate Professor of English, will read from his short story collection So
Many True Believers (Queen's Ferry Press, 2016).
15, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Mills C
“Empire Without End: Total World Conquest in Roman Literature" by Randall Pogorzelski
Randall Pogorzelski, Assistant Professor of Classics (and acting
Graduate Chair of Classics) at Western University (London, Ontario, Canada), will
explore in depth the nature of ancient imperialism and offer new perspectives on
content and authors so familiar in classical myths. His research interests focus
on Roman literature, particularly Augustan and early imperial literature, as well
as literary theory and classical reception. He has published articles on Lucan,
Virgil, and imperial epic and is a past winner of the prestigious Gildersleeve Prize
granted to the best paper of the year by the American Journal of Philology.
14, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Reves Recital Hall
An Evening with Murphy Visiting Poet Kevin Young
Kevin Young, the Atticus Haygood Professor of English and Creative
Writing at Emory University, is often described as the “best and brightest of contemporary
American poets.” Author of eight books of award-winning poetry, he has also edited
eight collections of poetry, including The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton,
and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.
Among awards received by Young are the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award, the 2007 Quill
Award in Poetry for his volume For the Confederate Dead, the Paterson Award
for Sustained Literary Excellence with Dear Darkness (2008), Ardency:
A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels (2011), which won the Before Columbus Foundation
American Book Award, andThe Grey Album: On Blackness of Blackness
(2012), his first “non-fiction collection of essays, cultural criticism, and
lyrical chorus” which won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and was shortlisted
for the PEN/Open Award in 2012.
April 28, 2016, 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 that also celebrates the debut of this year’s campus literary and visual
art magazine, the Aonian.