SHAW AND MORALITY, NEW AND OLD
David Staller, Gingold Theatrical Group
- Sunday, August 23 after the matinee
- David Staller is Founding Artistic Director of Gingold Theatrical Group, which presents work championing human rights with the writings of George Bernard Shaw as its guide. Since 2010, he has given the annual keynote address at the International Shaw Society symposium at Canada's Shaw Festival. David will discuss Shaw's views on morality, which may have influenced Chapin.
BETTY JONES: WICKED OR WONDERFUL?
Sarah Appleton, Old Dominion University
- Saturday, August 29 after the matinee
- Sarah Appleton is Senior Lecturer of English at Old Dominion University. Her 2001 book The Bitch is Back: Wicked Women in Literature examines the archetypal "bitch" character in literature: the woman who is willfully and unapologetically 'bad' by societal standards. Sarah's post-show discussion will examine the character of Betty Jones through this lens.
"THEY DO PUT YOU IN THE DOCK FOR LIBEL, DON'T THEY?"
Benjamin C. Zipursky, Fordham University
- Sunday, August 30 after the matinee
- Benjamin C. Zipursky is Professor of Law and James H. Quinn '49 Chair at Fordham Law School. In The New Morality, Betty Jones insults her neighbor and refuses to apologize, resulting in the threat of a "criminal libel" lawsuit. Ben's post-show discussion will focus on the play's interweaving of feminist themes and defamation law.
LIFE ON A HOUSEBOAT
Leslie Day, Naturalist
- Sunday, September 6 after the matinee
- Leslie Day is the author of three nature guides to New York City. She taught science for 20 years and currently leads nature walks in the city. The New Morality takes place on a houseboat on the River Thames. Leslie will cull from her 40-year history as a resident of the 79th Street Boat Basin, to discuss daily life on a houseboat.
"BECAUSE SHE LIVES IN THE 20TH CENTURY": THE NEW MORALITY AND THE NEW WOMAN
Vlasta Vranjes, Fordham University
- Saturday, September 12 after the matinee
- Vlasta Vranjes is a professor in the English Department at Fordham University. She is currently writing a book titled English Vows: Marriage Law and National Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Novel. Vlasta's post-show discussion will focus on The New Morality's treatment of gender relations and will provide historical and cultural context for the play.
"YOU'RE NOT A SUFFRAGETTE": THE SOCIAL POLITICS OF HAROLD CHAPIN
J. Ellen Gainor, Cornell University
- Saturday, September 19 after the matinee
- J. Ellen Gainor is Professor of Theatre and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell. A specialist in British and American drama of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and women's dramaturgy, she most recently co-edited The Norton Anthology of Drama. Professor Gainor will discuss the social and political context of Harold Chapin's work.
HAROLD CHAPIN'S CANDID COMEDIES
Maya Cantu, Theater Historian and Dramaturg
- Sunday, September 20 after the matinee
- Maya Cantu is a theater historian, scholar and dramaturg. She received a D.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama. Her book American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage: Imagining the Working Girl from "Irene" to "Gypsy" will be available through Palgrave Macmillan this October. Maya will discuss the life and work of Harold Chapin.
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