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CIRCA Presents: Spring 2020 Events

Stacy Wolf: Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre in America

UMBC Theatre Department, CIRCA and the Dresher Center for the Humanities
Wednesday, March 11th, 4:00 p.m.
PAHB 216

Stacy Wolf, Princeton University professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts and director of the new Program in Music Theater will discuss her book Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theatre in America The idea of American musical theatre conjures up images of bright lights and big city, but its lifeblood is found in local and amateur productions. Wolf considers the widespread presence and persistence of musical theatre in U.S. culture, and examines it as a live, pleasurable, participatory experience. The talk will conclude with an interview featuring members of the UMBC Musical Theatre Club. This event is cosponsored by the UMBC Theatre Department, CIRCA and the Dresher Center for the Humanities.

Professor Wolf is a musical theatre scholar devoted to queer identity and feminism in performance, She has written Changed for Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical (Oxford University Press, 2011), A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical (University of Michigan Press, 2002), and co-edited The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical (with Raymond Knapp and Mitchell Morris, 2011). She has published articles on theatre spectatorship, performance pedagogy, and musical theatre in many journals including Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, and Camera Obscura and was a former editor of Theatre Topics: A Journal of Pedagogy and Praxis. She has worked as a director and dramaturg.

CIRCA and UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts presents a lecture by celebrated artist Krzysztof Wodiczko – an artist renowned for large-scale slide and video projections on architectural facades and monuments. He has realized more than 90 of such public projections and installations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Turkey, Germany, Holland, Northern Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Since the late 1980s, his projections have involved the active participation of marginalized and estranged city residents. Simultaneously, and also internationally (England, Finland, France, Poland, Holland, Japan, Northern Ireland, Spain, Sweden and the US) he has been designing and implementing a series of nomadic instruments and vehicles with homeless, immigrant, and war veteran operators for their survival and communication.