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New Work from Faculty

Sunday, July 6, 2014
Three theater studies faculty members, Ellen Hemphill, Neal Bell, and Torry Bend, premiered new work off campus over the year. Filmmaker Jim Haverkamp provided the video, former theater studies designer Jan Chambers designed the set, Duke alum Jesse Belsky designed the lighting, and New York...

Uncle Vanya Plays at Duke

Saturday, July 5, 2014
Director Jeff Storer brought Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya to the fall theater studies mainstage. Storer (professor of the practice of theater studies) calls Chekhov “the master of combining laughter and tears,” so he prepared his student cast by having them explore both Chekhov’s...

Machinal Comes to the Spring Stage

Friday, July 4, 2014
Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal was the department’s spring mainstage play. Jules Odendahl-James, visiting lecturer and resident dramaturg in theater studies, directed the play. Machinal is the story of “a young woman, any woman,”—a woman destroyed by “a world of money, men, and...

Senior Phil Watson's One Man Show

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Brand new graduate Phil Watson spent his final year at Duke immersed in his senior distinction project. A theater studies and classics double major, he chose to perform An Iliad by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare, a one-man retelling of Homer’s Iliad, in Phil’s words, “the first and...

Alum Kevin Poole Comes Home

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
When senior Phil Watson needed a director for his one-man distinction play, An Iliad by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare (see story here), Kevin Poole  (T’98) had just moved back to Durham from Colorado with his wife and twin girls after training at Naropa University and becoming...

Faculty News

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
John Clum has just finished a book on the plays, musicals, and screenplays of Arthur Laurents. He and Sean Metzger are co-editing a volume, Awkward Stages: Dramas About Gay Teens for Cambria Press. John is also writing an essay on Terrence McNally for a new Methuen volume of essays...

Machinal Opens April 3 at Duke

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The Duke University Dept. of Theater Studies will present Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal April 3-13, 2014 in Sheafer Theater in Duke’s Bryan Center. Jules Odendahl-James, visiting lecturer and resident dramaturg in theater studies, is directing the play. Machinal is the story of “a young...

Phil Watson's One-Man Show

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Brand new graduate Phil Watson spent his final year at Duke immersed in his senior distinction project. A theater studies and classics double major, he chose to perform An Iliad by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare, a one-man retelling of Homer’s Iliad, in Phil’s words, “the first and greatest war...

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