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The Strode Program is very excited to be sponsoring the Resurgens Theatre Company’s touring performance of The Changeling on Tuesday, February 26, 7:30PM, in the Allen Bales Theater here on campus.

For those of you unfamiliar with it, The Changeling is a fantastically dark, yet timely revenge tragedy that powerfully explores issues of sexual desire, betrayal, and madness.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see a professional production of a rarely performed masterpiece of the Jacobean stage right here on campus—don’t miss it!

Tickets for this event are *free* but must be reserved online through this link:  https://thechangeling2019.brownpapertickets.com

Please also feel free to spread the word to anyone who might be interested in the show!

A few notes:

  • Tickets are general admission
  • When you come to the performance, you will need to either 1) print out and present your ticket at the door OR 2) show the ticket on your phone at the door
  • Brent Griffin, Artistic Director of the Resurgens Theater Company will also be giving a public lecture prior to the performance on Tuesday, February 26 at 5PM in the Allen Bales Theatre, so please also plan to join us for that (no ticket needed for the lecture).
  • More information about the Resurgens Theatre Company can be found here: http://www.resurgenstheatre.org/About_Resurgens.html
We have an exciting slate of Strode-sponsored programs coming up this spring, compiled by program director and Hudson Strode Professor Michelle Dowd– please take note of these events and mark your calendars accordingly!   Thanks to the abundance of early modern performances and films on offer this semester, Improbable Fictions is temporarily shifting focus away from Shakespeare and toward less bardolized early modern playwrights: Margaret Cavendish, John Lyly, and Margherita Costa.
 
Sponsored Performances:
We are sponsoring three fantastic performances this spring in conjunction with EN667, The Shakespeare in Performance Practicum.  All three events are free and open to all members of the UA community.  A poster for the ASC shows is attached.  More details to follow!
  • American Shakespeare Center touring company performance of The Comedy of Errors, Friday, February 15, 7:30PM (pre-show music begins at 7:00PM).  Brock Recital Hall, Samford University, Birmingham. 
  • American Shakespeare Center touring company performance of The Winter’s Tale, Saturday, February 16, 7:30PM (pre-show music begins at 7:00PM).  Brock Recital Hall, Samford University, Birmingham. 
  • Resurgens Theatre Company touring performance of The Changeling, Tuesday, February 26, 7:30PM.  Allen Bales Theater, UA.
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Guest Speakers: 
We are excited to welcome the following guest speakers this spring.  All events are free and open to the public:
  • Brent Griffin, Artistic Director of the Resurgens Theater Company.  Tuesday, February 26.  Title TBA.  5PM in the Allen Bales Theatre (UA).
  • Wendy Wall (Northwestern University).  Thursday, March 28.  Title TBA.  5PM in 301 Morgan Hall.
Strode Film Series:
Please also check out the Strode Film Series schedule for the spring.  Note that some events will be held at the Bama theater, and others will be held on campus.  All shows are free and open to the public.  For more information, please visit the Film Series’ website: http://shakespearefilmseries.ua.edu/
  • Monday, January 28: Globe Production of The Duchess of Malfi.  Morgan 301, 7:30PM.
  • Monday, February 11. Warm Bodies.  Bama Theatre, 7:30PM.
  • Monday, March 25: Kozintsev’s King Lear.  Morgan 301, 7:30PM.
  • Monday, April 15:  Shakespeare in Love.  Bama Theatre, 7:30PM. 
Improbable Fictions:
Improbable Fictions is hosting several events this spring. The first three are for small groups and thus aren’t appropriate as a broad extra credit opportunity for students, but the last performance will be perfect for 200 level English courses and the like. If you’d like to participate or just come listen to the first three, please RSVP.
  • Wed, Jan 16, 6:30pm in 301 Morgan Hall, a cold reading of Margaret Cavendish’s The Convent of Pleasure, dramaturged by Chris Koester (cwkoester@ua.edu).
  • Wed, Feb 6, 6:30pm in 301 Morgan Hall, a cold reading of John Lyly’s Gallathea, dramaturged by Mark Hulse (mchulse@crimson.ua.edu). 
  • Wed, Mar 6, time TBA at the Strode House, a cold reading of Margherita Costa’s burlesque “ridiculous comedy” entitled The Buffoons (1641), translated by Jessica Goethals. The reading will be dramaturged by Deborah Parker (parkerburch@comcast.net). 
  • Wed, Apr 3, 7:30pm at the Tuscaloosa Cultural Arts Center (http://cac.tuscarts.org/contactus.php), a selection of staged readings we’re calling “Early Modern Strangers,” inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Stranger’s Case” from Sir Thomas More (check out Sir Ian McKellen’s reading). The event will include  respondents and a Q&A about immigration and crossing borders in the early modern period. Dramaturged by Nic Helms and Cordelia Ross (nrhelms@ua.edu, caross4@ua.edu).
We’ve still got room for participants for all shows, so feel free to reach out to Nic Helms (nrhelms@ua.edu) or any of our directors if you’re interested!
 
Please mark your calendars for these events, and stay tuned for additional announcements and updates!!!
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Medieval Medley

Posted: September 19, 2018 by nrhelms in Audio, Performance, Staged Reading
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Last week’s Medieval Medley was a delight! We packed out Gorgas 205 with an audience of nearly eighty. I can’t decide whether my favorite moment was Steve Burch spouting ‘LATIN!’ or Mark Cobb making out with pots and pans. If you missed the event (or would like to relive it), check out the media below: the program, production photos, and audio from the event. (Listen with care: the audio quality is not the best.)

 

 

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IF Fall 2018

Posted: September 2, 2018 by nrhelms in Announcements, Performance, Staged Reading
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IF Fall 2018

Improbable Fictions is hosting three events this fall:

· Wednesday, Sep 12, 7:30 pm, Medieval Medley, a staged reading of several Medieval plays, including works from Hrotsvitha and the Chester Cycle, at 205 Gorgas Library

· Wednesday, Oct 17, 7:30 pm, a staged reading of Shakespeare’s Othello at the Tuscaloosa Cultural Arts Center (http://cac.tuscarts.org/contactus.php)

· Friday, November 2, 5:00 pm, Improbable Fictions will present an array of American Literature readings as part of First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Tuscaloosa and the Southern Literary Trail’s Exhibit of the Steve Soboroff Typewriter Collection. On display will be George Bernard Shaw’s typewriter along with others used by Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Gore Vidal, Ray Bradbury, Tom Hanks, Maya Angelou, and John Lennon. The readings and exhibit will be at the Tuscaloosa Cultural Arts Center (http://cac.tuscarts.org/contactus.php).

As always, if you’re interested in getting involved, leave a comment or email me at nrhelms@ua.edu!

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The spring rushes on apace, and Improbable Fictions has two Shakespeare-adjacent offerings for you in April:

First, on Saturday, April 7th at 1:00 pm, Improbable Fictions will present a staged reading of “The Resurrection Play” from the medieval York Cycle of plays. Directed by Nic Helms, dramaturged by Cordelia Ross, and hosted by First Christian Church of Tuscaloosa. This short play will be performed with commentary by Cordelia Ross and Reverend Tim Trussell-Smith.

Second, on Thursday, April 19th at 7:30 pm, at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Improbable Fictions will present a staged reading of Edward Bond’s Bingo (Scenes of Money and Death), a 1973 play about Shakespeare’s final years: retired in Stratford, unable to connect with his family and community, burned out by the inhumanity he witnessed daily in London and now back home, Shakespeare ponders his past and present, only to keep asking, “Was anything done?” Written by the acclaimed playwright Edward Bond (Saved, The Sea, Lear), this is a remarkably insightful look at our greatest writer. Directed by Steve Burch.

Both events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.

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On Monday, Oct 9th at 7:30pm, Improbable Fictions will present a staged reading of John Milton’s Samson Agonistes. The reading will be held in 301 Morgan Hall on UA’s campus. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited: first come, first seated!

The Facebook event.

If you’re interested, you can find our cut of Milton’s closet drama here:

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We’ve adapted the text provided by the John Milton Reading Room at Dartmouth College.

If you missed our staged reading on Sep 21, fear not! You can find the audio from the event here:

Apologies for the background noise at the start. It dies down once the performance begins.

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On Thursday, Sep 21 at 7:30pm, at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Improbable Fictions will present a staged reading of Titia Andronica, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. Adapted and directed by Erin Hildebrand and Courtney Parker.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama (english.ua.edu/grad/strode).

For more information about Improbable Fictions, please visit improbablefictions.org.

Cast

TITIA ANDRONICA – MK Foster
MARCUS ANDRONICUS – Will Ramsay
LAVINIA – Emma Leisentritt
LUCIUS – Tyler Sasser
MUTIUS – Joseph Welty
MARTIUS – Deborah Parker
QUINTUS – Lily Davenport
YOUNG LUCIUS – Joseph Welty
SATURNINUS – Charlie Bell
TAMORA – Elizabeth Theriot
DEMETRIUS – Matt Smith
CHIRON – Theodore Nollert
PUBLIUS – Deborah Parker
BASSIANUS – Geoffrey Emerson
AEMILIUS – Deborah Parker
MESSENGER – Lily Davenport
COUNTRY FELLOW – Geoffrey Emerson
GOTH – Joseph Welty