Vol. 19, No. 9Oct. 28, 1999

Psychologist to read from her new novel in Memorial

Author Sharon Mitchell of Newark, who has been called a rising star in the field of contemporary African-American women's literature, will read from her works at a free public event at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Room 127 of Memorial Hall.

Mitchell, a counseling psychologist at UD, achieved acclaim for her first novel, Nothing But the Rent, published by Dutton/Signet in 1998. Her latest work, Sheer Necessity, is just out from D.P. Dutton Publishers and is listed as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club.

Called "a novel of great depth and emotional force-written by a bright new star in the field of popular, African-American fiction," the book tells the story of 29-year-old Toni Carleon, who is trying to do it all. She's trying to make a success of Shear Necessity, her hair salon; finish her bachelor's degree; and raise her 6-year-old daughter with little help from her ex-husband, who may have turned her against men forever.

Then Toni is faced with the toughest challenge of all: a crisis involving her two younger sisters-Joy and Lynn-that threatens to tear apart her tight-knit family.

Sheer Necessity is being promoted as "a lively and moving tale of hope, ambition, and redemption, and is also a powerful portrayal of the importance and strength of the African-American family. Packed with solid dramatic scenes, sparkling dialogue and a great cast of characters, the book is a deeply satisfying read."

Mitchell's first book, Nothing but the Rent, tells the story of four African-American women, friends since college, who find themselves questioning the meaning in their lives as they approach 30. They want to know why their careers, bank accounts and love lives have not brought them the happiness they had been raised to expect. When one of their circle is hospitalized, the others are prompted to reveal their closest-and darkest-secrets.

"Many readers will sympathize with the problems these women face," a reviewer for Publishers Weekly wrote.

"...A highly entertaining and unusually illuminating study of female bonding...this one has heart and, even rarer, soul," a reviewer said in Kirkus Reviews.

Eric Jerome Dickey, of Sister Sister, Milk in My Coffee and Friends and Lovers said, "Nothing But the Rent is a magnificent debut. Reading this novel is like hanging out with old friends."

Mitchell received her master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from Ohio State University, and also has worked as a counselor and psychologist in university settings in Massachusetts and California.

For more information on her UD reading, call 831-1974.

Brush up your Shakespeare with 'The Compleat Works' State

Wayne Pyle (in dress) and Steve Tague appear in many
roles in
The Compleat Works of WIlm. Shkspr.
(abridged) opening Nov. 5. Pyle and Tague are
both graduates of the Professional Theatre Training Program.

Take a bit of Monty Python, add in a pinch of the Three Stooges with a dash of Masterpiece Theatre, and you've got the ingredients for a zany night of buffoonery with the Bard. The Compleat Works of Wllm. Shkpr. (abridged) opens Friday, Nov. 5, at Hartshorn Hall.

Part of UD's Professional Theatre Training Program's 1999 alumni season, the play- written by Jess Borgeson, Adam Long and Daniel Singer-will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5; Saturday, Nov. 6; Sunday, Nov. 7; Wednesday, Nov. 10; Saturday, Nov. 13; Thursday, Nov. 18; and Friday, Nov. 19. Matinee performances will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14; Saturday, Nov. 20; and Sunday, Nov. 21.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday evening shows are $10 for UD students, $15 for UD faculty, staff and senior citizens and $17 for the general public. Tickets for weeknight performances are $9 for UD students, $14 for UD faculty, staff and seniors and $16 for the general public. Matinees and Sunday evening performances are $7 for UD students, $12 for UD faculty, staff and seniors and $14 for the general public.

From a cooking show hosted by Titus Andronicus, through a football game played by the tragedies' kings, to a madcap romp with Hamlet and his friends, The Compleat Works is just that: Three actors, 37 plays and a barrage of bad puns creating a performance that you just can't miss.

For tickets or information, call 831-2202.

Coping with grief and loss topic of Nov. 11 workshop

Coping with Loss and Grief during the Holidays" will be presented from noon-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11, in Room 130 General Services Building. Linda Wills, Delaware Hospice Inc., will facilitate this workshop dealing with feelings of loss due to death, divorce or separation, which are intensified during the holidays.

Participants will learn how to recognize, accept and express these feelings in a healthy way. The workshop is sponsored by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. Participants may bring a lunch; beverages will be provided.

Registration must be made by Monday, Nov. 8, by calling Jean Pasapane at 831-2414 or sending e-mail to <jpasapan@udel. edu>.

British drama troupe to stage 'Twelfth Night' next month

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night will be presented by ACTER, a dramatic
troupe from the London stage, on Nov. 16, 19 and 20 in the
Bacchus Theatre. The troupe includes (from left) Christopher Saul, Matthew
Radford, Paul Bhattacharjee and Claire Marchionne.
Tickets are on sale now at UD box offices.

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night will be presented by ACTER, a dramatic troupe from the London stage, at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16; Friday, Nov. 19; and Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Baccchus Theatre of the Perkins Student Center.

The troupe includes experienced actors and actresses who have played a variety of Shakespearean roles in London and throughout Great Britian. ACTER produces Shakespearean plays without props or scenery, depending solely upon acting skills and innovative pantomime to involve its audience's imagination.

This is the fourth year ACTER has appeared on the UD campus.

The troupe, which will visit English and theatre classes during the week, includes five actors and actresses:

Paul Bhattacharjee, who plays Malvolio and Sir Andrew, is a founding member of Britain's first Asian theatre company, Tara Arts, and performed with that group from 1979-1987. In a Tara Arts/Royal National Theatre production he played Orgon in Tartuffe. His Shakespearean roles include Tybalt in the Royal National Theatre Studio production of Romeo and Juliet and recently Ariel in The Tempest at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. He has had numerous stage and television roles and read Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children on the radio for the BBC World Service.

Claire Marchionne, who plays Olivia and Maria, trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. With the Royal Shakespeare Company, she played Anne Boleyn in Henry VII, Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor and in other productions, played Viola in Twelfth Night and Titania in A Midsummer's Night Dream. She has had several other roles in such plays as Peer Gynt and The Inspector Calls and has been on television and radio.

Matthew Radford, who plays Orsino, Feste and Fabian, adapted and directed Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis for the Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow. He has played several Shakespearean roles in his career including Macbeth, Romeo, Dumaine in All's Well That Ends Well, Clarence and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, and Apemantus in Timon of Athens. He has appeared in other plays such as Major Barbara and Broadway Bound and has several film credits.

Christopher Saul, who plays Sir Toby and Antonio, recently played Sir Toby Belch at the Young Vic and also appeared in Grimm Tales both there and in New York. He has played Aegeon in The Comedy of Errors, Guildenstern and Barnardo in Hamlet, Rivers and Ely in Richard III, Pistol in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hotspur, Colville and Moldy in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, with the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed in other Shakespearean productions with other companies. He has appeared in the film Wilt and Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy and on television.

Lucy Tregear, who plays Viola and Sebastian, appeared in ACTER's fall 1997 tour of Measure for Measure. She has acted with many companies in Great Britain, including the Royal Shakespeare Company where she performed in Two Gentlemen of Verona and the Royal Exhange where she acted in The Winter's Tale and also played Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew. She has played a variety of roles in theatres from Honoria Gossip in By Jeeves to Alexandra Giddens in The Little Foxes. She has also performed in radio plays.

The ACTER visit to UD is sponsored by the Student Centers, the English and theatre departments and the Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events.

Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for faculty and staff and $15 for the general public and are available at the box offices at the Trabant University Center and the Bob Carpenter Center. Group tickets for 10 or more persons are available at a 10 percent discount, and only at the Bob Carpenter Center box office.

3 musical sisters to bring world-class sound to UD

Touring the world and performing over 100 concerts annually in such places as Carnegie Hall and Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, the three sisters of Ahn Trio grab the intellect, hearts and souls of their chamber music audiences.

At 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, the Ahn Trio will captivate the Delaware community with a performance at Mitchell Hall, as part of UD's Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $6 for UD students and children, $10 for UD faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizens and $15 for the general public.

Hailed as a brilliantly distinguished ensemble gifted with extraordinary powers of communication and an exquisite blend of sound, the three sisters-violinist Angella and twins, pianist Lucia and cellist Maria-will teach a master class on Friday, Nov. 12, at the Amy E. du Pont Music Building. The 2:30 p.m. class is free and open to the public.

Born in South Korea, the sisters polished their skills at the Juilliard School of Music, where they basically played together for fun. After realizing that they could play together for a living, they decided to make the ensemble official. For information, call UD1-HENS.

Meet the woman who gives Bart Simpson his voice

Ay, Carumba! Nancy Cartwright, the voice behind the infamous Bart Simpson, will speak at the University Monday, Nov.1. The talk, sponsored by UD's Student Center Programs Advisory Board, will begin at 8 p.m. in Trabant University Center's Multipurpose Room. Tickets are $5 for UD students and $10 for the general public and are on sale at UD box offices.

Cartwright's rise to fame via Bart began on the set of The Tracy Ullman Show, where the Simpson family was born. From there, The Simpsons became its own show, featured on Fox, where it has had continued success since 1990.

In the fall of 1995, Cartwright opened her production In Search of Fellini, in which she played 14 different characters. Following the well-received one-woman show, Cartwright then landed co-starring roles in the 1998 film Godzilla, an ABC movie-of-the-week Suddenly and a CBS movie A Tangled Web.

She has appeared on several television shows, including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Empty Nest and Cheers. Her theatrical performances range from Guys and Dolls to The Transgressor.

An Emmy Award-winning actress and voice-over artist, Cartwright also provides the voices for Nelson, Ralph Wiggum, Rod and Todd Flanders and Kearney, all characters on The Simpsons.

For tickets or information, call UD1-HENS.

-Laura Overturf