Wilder’s Early One-Acts: Finger exercises in preparation for our town

Wilder’s Early One-Acts: Finger exercises in preparation for our town

Event Type

All

Location

Westminster Village

Date

Time

Phone

(812) 237-2336

Description

OLLI hosts Arthur Feinsod, ISU professor of theater.
Cost: Free
   
This fifty-minute lecture will focus on playwright Thornton Wilder and his three experimental short works published in 1931:  Long Christmas Dinner, Pullman Car Hiawatha, and The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden. Originally performed with little fanfare, these bold experiments, influenced by the Japanese Noh Theatre, have been described as “the workshops, the laboratories” for Wilder’s highly acclaimed Broadway production of Our Town in 1938. To demonstrate some of Wilder’s innovative approaches in stage simplification, most of The Happy Journey will be presented, with a cast that includes local professionals Susan Monts Bologna, Charles Adams and Peter Cianconi. The whole event, with a question-and-answer period after the lecture and performance, will last no longer than two hours.