Irish Drama, the Guthrie, and American Theatre

The Center for Irish Studies in cooperation with the Guthrie Theater and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, is co-sponsoring a two-day meeting of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project in Minneapolis on September 20-21, featuring internationally renowned scholars of Irish drama.

Date/Time

Friday, September 20, 2013
8:45 AM - 8:30 PM

Location

Friday: The Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Saturday: Terrence Murphy Auditorium, Room TMH 260, University of St. Thomas downtown campus, 1000 La Salle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403


Cost

Public: $75 per day
Student: $30 per day



The Center for Irish Studies in cooperation with the Guthrie Theater and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, is co-sponsoring a two-day meeting of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora Project in Minneapolis on September 20-21, featuring internationally renowned scholars of Irish drama.

Two sessions on Friday, September 20, are free and open to the public.  The sessions that day are all held at the Guthrie Theater. At 11 AM,  Christopher Fitz-Simon, an author, director, and playwright will speak on “’Tall Tony”’: Recollections of Tyrone Guthrie, 1939-71” in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio. At 2:00 PM, the theater scholar Anthony Roche of University College Dublin will interview Guthrie Director Joe Dowling. 

Academic sessions will be conducted throughout each day (see the program below). 

The cost to the public is $75 per day, or $30 for students.  Registration will be on site each day.  The Saturday sessions will be held at the University St Thomas Minneapolis campus.

Fr more information, contact the Center for Irish Studies, 651-962-5662 or jrogers@stthomas.edu

PROGRAM

Friday, September 20, 2013

Location:   The Guthrie Theater, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

8.45 – 9.30            Registration   Level 8 Classrooms

9.30 – 10.45        Panel: Irish Drama and American Theatre Level 8 Classrooms

Dr. Kay Martinovich, Theatre Director, Chicago, “Irish Women on the Chicago Stage: Marina Carr, Hester Swane and The Mai”

Dr. Shelley Troupe, National University of Ireland – Maynooth, “Developing Images: Druid, Synge, and the Guthrie”

11.00 – 12.00      Talk: Dr. Christopher Fitz-Simon, author/actor/director, on “’Tall Tony’: Recollections of Tyrone Guthrie, 1939-1971,” Dowling Studio           

 12.00 – 1.00        Lunch

1.00  – 2.00           Guthrie Theater Backstage Tour

2.00 – 3.30            Interview: Joe Dowling, Director, Guthrie Theater, in conversation with Professor Anthony Roche, University College Dublin

                Dowling Studio

3.30 – 3.45            Break

3.45 – 5.00            Plenary lecture: Professor John P. Harrington, Dean, Fordham University, “Irish Theatre and American Regional Theater: A Cultural Dynamic” 

                Level 8 Classrooms

7:30        Performance: Brian Friel’s version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya  

               

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Location:  Terrence Murphy Auditorium, Room TMH 260, University of St. Thomas downtown campus, 1000 La Salle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

8.45 – 9.30    Late Registration

9.30 – 10.45   Panel:  Joe Dowling as Theatre Director

Professor Nicholas Grene, Trinity College, Dublin, “Dealing with The Dead: Joe Dowling’s Abbey Production”

Professor Patrick Lonergan, National University of Ireland – Galway, “Joe Dowling, Shakespeare and the Abbey Theatre”.

10.45 – 11.00       Break

11.00 – 12.15  Plenary Lecture,  Professor José Lanters, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, “Creating Constance: The Textual and Theatrical Incarnations of Thomas Kilroy’s ‘Wilde’ Play”.

12.15 – 1.15         Lunch

1.15 – 2.30            Panel: Tyrone Guthrie

Dr. Patrick O’Donnell, Normandale Communtity College, “A Pirandellian Hamlet of Monaghan: the Irishness of Sir Tyrone Guthrie”  

Dr. Ian W. Walsh, University College Dublin, “Tyrone Guthrie and Irish Theatre Before Brian Friel.”. 

2.45 – 4.00            Panel: The Theatre of Brian Friel      

Dr. David Clare, National University of Ireland – Galway, “Brian Friel’s Invocation of Edmund Burke in Philadelphia, Here I Come!”

Professor Emerita Helen Lojek, Boise State University, Idaho, “Staging Space in Brian Friel’s Wonderful Tennessee.”

7:30        Possible: Conference attendees attend Guthrie performance in Dowling Studio of Sun Mee Chomet’s one-woman play, How To Be A Korean Woman