Friday, December 9, 2011

Narrative Theatre Workshop with Juliet Guzzetta

U of M graduate student Juliet Guzzetta has returned to Ann Arbor from her two-year study in Italy to conduct a workshop based on her research about a growing genre of theatre called "narrative theatre"!

Ms. Guzzetta explains that narrative theatre “incorporates a long-standing tradition in Italy, that of storytelling, and is often layered with contemporary social and political issues usually concerning class and shaded with a light, but noticeable, rebellion against bourgeoisie cultural production.”

The workshop will consist of an informal introduction to the genre, followed by a short narrative theater exercise involving the attendees, and finally questions and comments. Snacks will be provided.

The workshop will take place Wednesday, December 7th from 4 to 6 pm. It will be in the Walgreen Drama Center, Room 2439 (the large classroom). Please RSVP to me if you are interested in attending.

Above: Narrative Theatre pioneer Laura Curino in 'Il signore del cane nero'

Tennessee Williams Turns 100!

The Drama Interest Group was proud to help sponsor the Williams @ 100 Conference in the Department of Theatre & Drama. The department brought in scholars and artists from the local community to discuss the staging of Williams' work and to present their current research on gender and sexuality in Williams' plays, including graduate students Chung-Hao Ku from the Department of English, Cory Nelson from Brandeis University, and Sarah Withers from Indiana University. For a complete schedule, see the conference website:

The Department of Theatre & Drama presented the play Suddenly Last Summer by Williams and students in Basement Arts staged Christopher Durang's parody of Williams, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls. Durang was a featured speaker and shared his current Williams parody, Desire, Desire, Desire.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Waiting for Godot

Please join us for our final event of the semester, a trip to Detroit to see:

by Samuel Beckett
at the Abreact Performance Space
1301 W. Lafayette Ave. #113
Detroit, MI

Please visit the following survey to select the dates that work best for you to attend the show:

We will update the planned date of the event as soon as we've heard from you!

Thanks so much, and we look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Theater for Social Change Panel Presentation

In the traditional theater context, plays are presented on a stage for audience members to watch. While this is still widely practiced today, there are many new interpretations of theater's relationship to the audience and ability to not just present to, but also involve its spectators. Theater for Social Change has a variety of different approaches, from the "Theater of the Oppressed" technique created by Augusto Boal, to street theater aimed at bringing theater into public spaces, to participatory theater which aims at involving its audience in the performances, to name a few.

The Theater for Social Change Panel hosted by the DIG will feature several local theater practitioners whose work reflects the concepts of creating theater for social change. Presenters include Jessica 'Decky' Alexander from EMU, Shaun Nethercott from Matrix Theatre in Detroit, and William 'Buzz' Alexander, Jeffrey Steiger and Katherine Mendeloff from the University of Michigan.

Please join us for this exciting event on Friday, March 11 from 1-4pm. The panel will take place in room 3222 Angell Hall, in the English Department. Panelists will present their individual work, with a group discussion to follow. Food will be served.

Please RSVP to Emilia Javanica at:

Thank you!

Monday, February 7, 2011

DIG Visiting Artist Jenny Magnus!!

The Drama Interest Group (DIG) is pleased to announce our upcoming
visiting artist! 

Jenny Magnus, writer, performer, musician and teacher, is founding
co-Artistic Director of the Curious Theater Branch. Her work has been
produced at Steppenwolf Theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and venues
throughout Chicago and the US and Europe. She has released 9 albums, with
the band Maestro Subgum and the Whole, and as a solo artist. In 1998, she
was named among the Artists of the Year by the Chicago Tribune, and from
1998 to the present, she was included among the 50 most influential people
in Chicago Theater by NewCity Chicago. She has been teaching for 12 years.

Please join us for two exciting events:

Writing from the Body, a generative workshop: 
Writing is a physical activity.  How can a writer put more of their physical self into 
their ideas?  What kind of influences come to bear on writing when the body is 
more engaged? This workshop seeks to explore the relationship between body and 
writing. Students will write in the workshop. Out of meditative bodies, out of sweaty 
bodies, out of self-conscious bodies, out of exultative bodies, they will find new ways 
to open their writer's minds.  Come dressed to move, with writing materials. 
 Friday, Feb. 18 from 10-1pm. 
Studio 1 at the Walgreen Drama Center.

ROOM, written and performed by Jenny Magnus:
Room is an exploration of a literal room, the one being performed in; and, also, an 
exploration of the eros of the moment, the performative moment, and our attentions to 
both it, and to our own inner rooms and roominess…Jenny Magnus uses songs and texts 
and images to triangulate the exact expression of a mood, a moment, an attention, and a 
relationship to an audience, one who is there, in that room, with her.  
Friday, Feb. 18, 5pm. 
Studio 1 at the Walgreen Drama Center.
Performance will be approximately 40 minutes in length. 
For more information or to reserve your spot for the workshop, please contact 
Emilia Javanica at:

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Laurie Anderson!!

A pioneering storyteller whose ever-intriguing convergence of technology, violin, visuals, and voice creates spellbinding tales, Laurie Anderson is “a singer-songwriter of crushing poignance — a minimalist painter of melancholy moods who addresses universal themes in the vernacular of the commonplace.” (Rolling Stone) At the heart of this new multimedia work, which was presented for the first time at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games, is a simultaneously contemplative and whimsical epic about longing, memory, and identity. Conceived as a series of short mystery plays, Delusion jump-cuts between the everyday and the mythic, evoking a world filled with nuns, elves, rotting forests, ghost ships, archaeologists, dead relatives, and unmanned tankers. Employing a series of altered voices and imaginary guests, Anderson combines her signature violin pieces, electronic puppetry, music, and visuals with the poetic language that has become her trademark.

Thursday, Jan. 13, 5pm at the Michigan Theater (Penny Stamps Speaker Series)

Friday, Jan. 14 at 8pm
Saturday, Jan. 15 at 8pm
at the Power Center, University of Michigan