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.