| American Century Sponsors
Theater Symposium on Women Playwrights of the Prohibition Era:
Century Theater is pleased to announce a special theater symposium
event in association with the current production of Drama
Under the Influence. Renowned national scholars will
discuss the remarkable women playwrights showcased into
the premiere collection Drama Under the Influence by
director Steven Scott Mazzola.
the Influence is a never before seen collection of neglected
plays written by Susan Glaspell, Dorothy Parker, Gertrude
Stein, Sophie Treadwell Susan Glaspell, Eulalie Spence and
by Andy White, dramaturge for Drama Under the Influence,
the stellar panel of national scholars will discuss a
period when women were finally portrayed as kaleidoscopic
as life itself. And not stick figures of a male's point of
view or fantasy"
- Judith Barlow,
University of Albany, SUNY, and Editor, of the Applause
series, Plays by American Woman, a Rita Wellman scholar,
- Sarah Bay-Cheng,
Universityof Buffalo, SUNY, distinguished Gertrude Stein
- Jerry Dickey,
University of Arizona, published extensively on Sophie Treadwell,
- J. Ellen Garinor,
Cornell University, devoted to the work to Susan Glaspell
and the Provincetown Players,
- Kathy A. Perkins,
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, designer on the
Chicago theater scene and first to edit and publish the
plays of Eulalie Spence.
our culture have not restricted the opportunities of women
to have their plays produced, the theatrical legacy from
the 1920's and 1930's would have been much richer than it
was." said Jack Marshall, TACT Artistic Director.
The panel will
take place immediately following the March 17, 2:30 matinee
of Drama Under the Influence. The panel is free.
The symposium will be held at Theater II, Gunston Arts Center,
2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206. Call 703-553-8782
or go to www.americancentury.org
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Bios for participants
in the March 17 post-show discussion:
Judith E. Barlow
is Professor of English with joint appointments in Women's
Studies and Theatre at the University at Albany, S.U.N.Y.
She is the author of Final Acts: The Creation of Three
Late O'Neill Plays and editor of Plays By American
Women, 1900-1930; Plays By American Women, 1930-1960;
and the forthcoming Women Writers of the Provincetown:
A Critical Anthology.
is an assistant professor of theatre and media studies at
the University at Buffalo/SUNY, pursuing research in avant-garde
theatre and film, modernism, and intermedia performance.
She is the author of Mama Dada: Gertrude Stein’s
Avant-Garde Theater (Routledge 2005), and is currently
working on an anthology of modernist drama.
is Vice-Director and Associate Professor in the School of
Theatre Arts at the University of Arizona. He is the
co-editor of Broadway's Bravest Woman: Selected Writings
of Sophie Treadwell and author of Sophie Treadwell:
a Research and Production Sourcebook as well as numerous
book chapters and journal articles on Treadwell.
J. Ellen Gainor
is Professor of Theatre and Associate Dean of the GraduateSchool
at CornellUniversity. She is the author of Susan
Glaspell in Context: American Theater, Culture, and
Politics 1915-48 and the co-editor, with Linda Ben-Zvi,
of the forthcoming Complete Plays of Susan Glaspell.
She specializes in British and American theatre of the modern
period and is an editor of the forthcoming Norton Anthology
Kathy A. Perkins
is Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
where she chairs the Lighting Design Program. She is the editor
of Black Female Playwrights: An Anthology of Plays Before
1950; Black South African Women: An Anthology of Plays;
co-editor with Roberta Uno of Contemporary Plays by Women
of Color; and co-editor with Judith Stephens of Strange
Fruit: Plays on Lynching by American Women. Kathy
has just completed African Women Playwrights: An Anthology,
currently under review.