theatreKAPOW and the Currier Museum join forces to present ARTiculate Playreading Series
The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to theatre KAPOW for a series of play readings at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. The ARTiculate Playreading Series will feature new or rarely produced plays that relate to special exhibitions at the Currier or objects or artists in the museum's permanent collection. The readings will be followed by facilitated discussions of the topics explored in each play.
The series began in September with a reading of Time Stands Still on Sunday, September 29 at 2 p.m. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, the play explores themes also featured in the Currier's special exhibition, Visual Dispatches from the Vietnam War.
Each play reading is free with museum admission and includes a discussion led by an expert in the fields of dramatic literature or visual arts to give the audience a chance to reflect on the play and the themes and issues it presents. Visitors are then welcome to explore the galleries to view the related artwork. Admission at the Currier is $12 for adults. Free passes may be obtained in advance at more than 90 New Hampshire public libraries.
Future events include a reading of The American Dream by Pulitzer Prize and MacDowell Award recipient Edward Albee on Sunday, January 12 at 2 p.m.This reading is held in conjunction with the Currier's special exhibition, "Signs from the Sixties: Robert Indiana's Decade." Robert Indiana cites that seeing the original production of Albee's play was a major inspiration his work of the same name. In Albee's play, Mommy and Daddy sit in a barren living room making small talk. Mommy, the domineering wife, is grappling with the thought of putting Grandma in a nursing home. Daddy, the long-suffering husband, could not care less. Mrs. Barker, the chairman of the women's club, arrives, not knowing why she is there. Is she there to take Grandma away? Apparently not. It all becomes evident when Grandma reveals to Mrs. Barker the story of the botched adoption of a "bumble of joy" twenty years ago by Mommy and Daddy. Mrs. Barker appears to have figured it out when Young Man enters. He's muscular, well-spoken, the answer to Mommy and Daddy's prayers: The American Dream.
The series concludes with a reading of Red, winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m.
To learn more, visit theatreKAPOW's website.
What does Islam have to do with us? How do the connected histories of Muslim and Judeo-Christian cultures help explain the current political and religious divides? The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Kingston Community Library for a dynamic, multi-part series exploring Islamic history and culture and the connections between the Middle East and the West.
Titled Bridging Cultures: Understanding the Middle East & What it Means Today, the series will include lectures, film and book discussions, teacher professional development and a presentation to high school students in Sanborn Regional High School. Ambitious anywhere, this project brings to New Hampshire citizens multiple opportunities to learn about a topic of global significance guided by nationally- and internationally-known scholars. In addition to the New Hampshire Humanities Council grant, parts of the series are supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Let's Talk About It book talk grant and the Prince Alaweed Bin Talal Center for Christian Muslim Understanding at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Dr. Ethel Sarah Wolper, Associate Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern History at the University of New Hampshire, serves as the project humanities expert.
Bridging Cultures kicked off with the showing of the film Suleyman the Magnificent on Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at the Kingston Community Library. On Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m., John Voll, a professor of Islamic History at Georgetown University, delivered the keynote address, Muslim and Christian Connected Histories in the Middle East and Beyond, also at the Kingston Community Library.
From November to May Wolper will facilitate reading discussions featuring five books from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a 25-volume collection selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Focusing on the theme Connected Histories, these discussions will all take place at the library at 7 p.m. Books are available to Kingston residents at the Kingston Community Library.
Other interested participants can check with their local library or obtain books through an interlibrary loan.
The book series began on November 21 with a discussion of When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the "Riches of the East" by Stewart Gordon.
To learn more about this project and future events, visit the library's website.