As always, we hope to tie our productions to lectures with the best scholars and practitioners in America. With Oskar Eustis, Hal Cannon, and Double Edge, we feel pretty great about the people we have heard from thus far. So, we are happy to report that we have someone wonderful this month too. In fact, this is one of the real biggies of American theater.
In celebration of Russian Spring and The Inspector General, Dr. Laurecne Senelick will be here on the 20th of March for a special lecture on Nikolai Gogol and Russian comedy.
There really isn’t anyone better. Dr. Senelick holds a Ph.D. from Harvard and currently is the Fletcher Professor of Oratory and the Director of Graduate Studies in Department of Drama at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Senelick is the leading authority on Russian dramatic literature. He is the translator of our version of The Inspector General and recently published The Complete Plays: Anton Chekhov.
While Dr. Senelick is a prolific translator he is also a fount of original scholarship. He is a leading author of gender and drag performance, having written the definitive study on the genre, The Changing Room: Sex, Drag, and Theatre. He has also written some of the most important studies on American popular entertainment. He even wrote a book about cheese. You name it, he probably wrote about it. One can seldom find a book on theater history that doesn’t contain at least one bibliographic reference to Laurence Senelick.
In short, he is the best guy there is to talk with us about Russian theater. We are so happy to welcome him to our house. An added bonus: he is a wonderful chef… maybe he can whip up some borscht for us. I will look into it.
Dr. Senelick will speak for free on Sunday March 20 at 2:30 p.m. at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater.
Prologue Czar, Associate Professor of Theatre, Director of The Inspector General