|Vol. 19, No. 3||Sept. 9, 1999|
The University's Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) will present the world premiere of Orson, written by Daniel Mark Feldman, and featuring PTTP alumnus Tim Gregory as Orson Welles.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, and at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, all in Hartshorn Hall.
Ticket prices range from $14-$17, with discounts for students, senior citizens and UD personnel. A special preview performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23, with discounted ticket prices of $12, $10 and $5. Call 831-2204 for tickets and information.
Gregory, who earned his master's degree from UD in 1995, has an extensive background playing leading roles at Shakespearean festivals throughout North America. He now makes his home in New York and is active in regional theatre as both an actor and director, as well as in radio voice-over.
His performance history is not unlike that of the young Welles. Both appeared as Macbeth and Mercutio and as Capt. Shotover in Heartbreak House. In all, Gregory has appeared in 45 Shakespearean productions and in The Shoemaker's Holiday, the only American production of the show staged since the late '30s.
As Welles, he plays one of the most multitalented performers in theatre, radio, motion pictures and TV. Welles was tabbed a genius as toddler, a label that followed him into maturity. He wrote a book on Shakespeare in his early teens and acted in leading roles on Irish and American stages just a few years later. At the age of 25, Welles created Citizen Kane, which is considered to be the most important movie in the history of American cinema.
Afterwards he went on to direct and act in several other highly regarded films. He romanced the likes of Rita Hayworth, Delores Del Rio and Judy Garland. He advised and stumped for FDR and rubbed elbows with Winston Churchill, Nelson Rockefeller, Houdini and Steven Spielberg. He mastered radio drama and revolutionized film. An enormous man, both figuratively and literally, he left his mark wherever he went.
Feldman, the author of Orson, began life in radio and graduated to television, where he became a network director in 1957. In 1962, he began directing commercials and his work was honored with more than 45 awards for excellence.
In 1970, his production of Orlando Furioso, imported from Italy, received an Obie award. From there, he began a new career as a writer of plays and screenplays and a memoir book, while still producing and directing network television shows and commercials. Orson Welles has been a hero of his throughout his career.
The New Castle County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners are offering 11 horticultural workshops, including eight new ones, this fall.
The workshops, taught by volunteer educators, will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the Fischer Greenhouse, and the cost is $12 per session.
The workshops include
Jon Stewart, the witty host of The Daily Show, will bring his unique views on current affairs to the Bob Carpenter Sports/ Convocation Center in a concert set for 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11.
Tickets, at $10 for UD students and $15 for the general public, are on sale now at UD box offices at the Bob Carpenter Center and in the Trabant University Center. There is a ticket limit of four.
Stewart rose through the ranks of New York City's top comedy clubs and began appearing on HBO's Young Comedian's Special and The Late Show with David Letterman. From these specials, Stewart went on to host his own show on Comedy Central.
Stewart also had a recurring role on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, playing himself. He has been seen in films such as Adam Sandler's Big Daddy and in Miramax's film Playing by Heart with Gillian Anderson.
Stewart also appeared in the horror-comedy The Faculty. His upcoming projects include the comedy Almost Romantic, which he and Janeane Garofalo headline, and the comedy Bird Meets Girl, in which Stewart will star.
A published author, the New Jersey native marked his entrance into the literary world with Naked Pictures of Famous People. The book received critical praise and appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. Stewart also has written for The New Yorker, George and Esquire.
For ticket information on his UD appearance, call UD1- HENS.
The Department of Art History will sponsor a series of lectures this fall with topics ranging from the art of southern Nigeria to issues in visual studies. All are free and open to the public.
The series opens today, Sept. 9, with Carol Mavor, associate professor of art history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who will discuss the works of photographer Viscountess Hawarden (1822-1865) who took sensual photos of her adolescent daughters. The talk, the William I. Homer Lecture on Photography, begins at 5:30 p.m. in Room 005 Kirkbride Lecture Hall.
On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Ikem Okoye, assistant professor of art history at Northwestern University, will speak on "Contra Postcolonial History? The 'Recalcitrant' Architecture of Nri Chiefs." The talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in Room 005 Kirkbride Lecture Hall.
Cynthia Robinson, Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University, will present "Calling It Courtly: The Case of the Two Caskets" on Wednesday, Oct. 20. The talk, which discuss influences of Pamplona and Troubadour caskets, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Room 101 Recitation Hall.
W.J.T. Mitchell, Gaylord Connelly Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of English and Art at the University of Chicago, will deliver the Wayne Craven Annual Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 28. His topic, "The Surplus Value of Images: Totem, Fetish and Idol," examines the question of the animated icon. The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room A Trabant University Center.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, Kobena Mercer, an independent scholar, will speak on "Visual Studies in the Black Diaspora." The talk takes a look at controversial uses of stereotypes in the contemporary art of Kara Walker in the U.S. and Chris Ofili in the United Kingdom and is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Room 103 Gore Hall.
The lecture series will continue in the spring.
For additional information about the fall lecture series, call 831-8415.
The Faculty Staff Language Program, which allows UD faculty, professionals, staff and their spouses the opportunity to learn a new language or improve current skills, will be offered from 5:15-7:30 p.m., Sept. 20-Dec. 17.
This semester's courses are:
The program is sponsored by the Office of International Programs in cooperation with foreign languages and literatures.
The internationally recognized Relâche Ensemble will honor one of its members at a concert at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, in Mitchell Hall. At the program, Relâche percussionist Harvey Price, music, will celebrate his 20 years at UD.
Relâche has evolved into one of the country's most active new music groups. It is the largest professional mixed-instrumentation ensemble devoted exclusively to presenting the music of the 20th century. The group is widely recognized for its interpretive and technical skill and the unique insight it provides into the music of our time. It often performs multimedia works and those integrating state-of-the-art electronic and computer technologies.
The group's repertoire is selected by the members with the advice of an Artistic Advisory Board and includes more than 500 works, many commissioned especially for Relâche.
The ensemble has been featured on radio broadcasts in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia, has toured throughout the United States and performed in cities worldwide.
Relâche has participated in Music in Motion, a national program to develop new audiences for new music through collaborative residencies with composers and the public. It also has developed partnerships with the Franklin Institute.
At UD, Price directs the UD Percussion Ensemble, Marimba Ensemble and Steel Band. He also performs on vibraphone and marimba in the Faculty Jazz Ensemble. He is a 1996 recipient of the Delaware State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in jazz performance.
He is timpanist with the early music groups Philadelphia Classical Symphony and Brandywine Baroque, percussionist with the Network for New Music and performs in many pit orchestras for national touring Broadway musicals.
For the past 10 years, he has been an extra member of the Philadelphia Orchestra percussion section, where he has recorded, toured and performed with Riccardo Muti, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Marris Jansons, Charles Dutoit and Simon Rattle. He also performs regularly with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and is timpanist with OperaDelaware.
Price resides in Wilmington with his wife, pianist Linda Henderson, and their two children, Alan and Margo.
Lloyd Shorter, administrator of music programs at UD where he also teaches oboe, plays oboe and English horn for Relâche. He performs throughout the Northeast as a soloist and chamber and orchestral musician with the Del 'Arte Wind Quintet, I Fiati Wind Quartet and the Delaware Symphony. A founding member of the Grand Chamber Players, he was awarded a 1992-93 Delaware State Arts Council Individual Solo Artist Fellowship and a special Certificate of Merit in 1989 from the Delaware State Department of Education.
Douglas Mapp, bass, teaches on the faculty at UD, Rowan University, the College of New Jersey and the Community College of Philadelphia. A graduate of the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and Temple University, he is principal bassist with the Reading Symphony, the Kennett Square Symphony and OperaDelaware.
Jon Baarder, bassoon, teaches at UD and is a member of the Del 'Arte Wind Quintet. He performs with the Delaware Symphony and is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Wisconsin.
Bob Butryn, saxophone and clarinet, has a bachelor's of music degree from Temple University and has performed with numerous classical, jazz and rock ensembles in the Philadelphia area.
John Dulik, keyboard, is a graduate of the Philadelphia Musical Academy and Temple University Graduate School of Music. He is a member of the faculty at the Community College of Philadelphia.
Anthony Simmons, viola, studied at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Since relocating to Philadelphia, he has performed with most of the region's orchestras and is a member of the symphony orchestras of Reading and Delaware. He occasionally performs with the Baltimore Symphony.
The Relâche concert officially opens UD's 1999-2000 Performing Arts Series. Tickets range from $6 to $15 and are available at UD box offices at the Bob Carpenter Center and at the Trabant University Center. For information, call UD1-HENS.
The Friends of UD Botanic Gardens is sponsoring a garden gathering to celebrate mint from 3-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, in Townsend Hall.
In a talk entitled "So Many Mints, So Little Thyme," Arthur O. Tucker, a research professor at Delaware State University, will offer some tips for cultivating mint and discuss how to use this delicate herb in cooking. Participants will be able to sample an array of culinary delights made with mint.
The Dixie Ramblers will provide music for the event, and the Friends group is growing 20 varieties of mint, from which participants can take home cuttings for their own gardens.
The cost is $5 for members of UDBG Friends and $10 per person for nonmembers. To obtain tickets, call 831-2627 by Sept. 15.
History buffs may enjoy a series of free, public lectures scheduled in the History Workshop in Technology, Society and Culture series. The programs will be presented at 12:15 p.m., Tuesdays, in Room 203 of Munroe Hall. A discussion follows each lecture and participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch.
The series opens on Tuesday, Sept. 14, when Bernard Herman, art history, presents "Another Georgian London: Houses and Housing in the 18th-Century City."
Lori D. Ginzberg of Penn State University will present "The Pernicious Heresy: Women's Citizenship and Respectability in the 19th-Century U.S." on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Barbara Dianne Savage, University of Pennsylvania, will present "Broadcasting Freedom: Radio, War & the Politics of Race, 1938-1948" on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Winston A. James of Columbia University will speak on "Caribbean Radicalism in the United States and its Explanation" on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
Timothy Burke of Swathmore College will speak on "Old Historiographies in Young Turk's Clothing: Three African Lives and the Fate of Social History" on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
Laurel Taylor of the University of Pennsylvania will discuss "Dying Like a Roman: Romanization, Funerary Practices and the Creation of Provincial Material Culture in the Roman Empire" on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Lori Beth Finkelstein of New York University will present "Revolutionary Widows: Gender, Age and Politics in the Early Republic" on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
Erik P. Ray of Drexel University will present "Traffic Jams, Libraries and Birth Control: Operations Research and the Political Culture of Expertise in Postwar America" on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Bengt Ankarloo of Lund University in Sweden will speak on "Writing the History of Witchcraft" on Tuesday, Nov. 9;
Susan Stabile of Texas A&M University will present "A Valediction Permitting Mourning: Early American Women and Material Culture of Loss" on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
Farley Grubb, UD economics, will discuss "The Transition from Colonial Currencies to the U.S. Dollar, 1785-1815" on Tuesday, Nov. 23.
For more information, call 831-2371.
A series of free, public lectures will be held from 12:20-1:10 p.m., Wednesdays, in the Ewing Room of the Perkins Student Center, except the Sept. 29 and Nov. 3 programs.
The lectures and presenters are