Words Within Resident Artists’ Play Reading Series Schedule
Wednesday, November 11, 7pm
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been
by Eric Bentley
A special reading with East West Players!
Monday, November 16, 7pm
The Recognition of Shakuntala
translated by W.J. Johnson
directed by Snehal Desai
Admission to these events is free. To RSVP, call the Box Office at 626.356.3100.
The INsiders is an interactive club for the theatre’s literary-minded patrons. The INsiders aims to engage its members by creating a forum for ideas informed by and inspired by the season’s diverse offering of plays.
Insiders come together on select Tuesday evenings for lively discussions revolving around each of the season’s plays. Enjoy refreshments and meet new friends as guest scholars offer a fresh perspective on these timeless works. Membership includes a copy of the playscript.
Participate in two exciting, specialized workshops throughout the season! INsiders might…
- Walk through the Designer Process
- Examine a Playwright’s Past
- Explore the realms of World Drama
These additional workshops provide an avenue to travel deeper into the heart of each play.
2015 | 2015 INsiders Dates
Antigone | October 20, 2015
All My Sons | November 17, 2015
Topic TBD | January 12, 2016
Romeo and Juliet | February 23, 2016
You Never Can Tell | March 22, 2016
Six Characters in Search of an Author | April 19, 2016
Topic TBD | May 17, 2016
Join the INsiders!
Following select performances, A Noise Within hosts informal post-show conversations with the artists. Join us on these magical nights where anything can happen!
2015 | 2016 Conversation Dates
A FLEA IN HER EAR
Sunday, November 1, 2pm
Friday, November 13, 8pm
JEAN ANOUILH’S ANTIGONE
Friday, November 20, 8pm
ALL MY SONS
Friday, November 6, 8pm
Sunday, November 15, 2pm
ROMEO AND JULIET
Friday, April 8, 8pm
Friday, April 29, 8pm
Sunday, May 8, 2pm
YOU NEVER CAN TELL
Friday, April 15, 8pm
Friday, May 6, 8pm
SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR
Friday, April 22, 8pm
Friday, May 13, 8pm
2015 | 2016 Symposia Dates
A FLEA IN HER EAR | September 9th
JEAN ANOUILH’S ANTIGONE | September 23rd featuring Leonard Pronko
Pronko’s first article was on the poetic theatre of Lebanese, Georges Schehade, which led him to an interest in the most recent playwrights writing in French. When, during his frequent visits to Mexico (three months each summer for nine years), he witnessed plays by Ionesco and Tardieu in the early fifties, he determined to study the new playwrights, and he published his second book (the first having been The World of Jean Anouilh, 1961, University of California Press), Avant-Garde, the Experimental Theatre in France, in 1962 (U. C. Press), one of two early books in English on that important movement. These were followed by short studies of Ionesco and an anthology of French plays. Pronko’s sabbatical to Japan and points west of there in 1963-64 brought about a change in his research as he began to study Asian theatres and their impact in the West, resulting in Theatre East and West, 1967, U. of California Press, and Guide to Japanese Drama, 1973, 1984, as well as a number of published translations of kabuki plays to add to his list of translations of several articles by Ionesco and seven or eight plays by Alfonso Sastre. His most recent translation (with Takao Tomono) was Fundamentals of Kabuki Dance by Hanayagi Chiyo (2011). Later books studied the French writers of farce, Georges Feydeau (1975) and Eugene Labiche (1982). He also co-edited Shakespeare East and West, and authored some fifty articles on French theatre, Japanese theatre, and comparative drama.
Pronko has lectured widely, chiefly on kabuki, and presented hundreds of lecture- demonstrations including make-up and dance. His performance experience began as a child and continued in graduate school when he participated in plays and sang for two years in the chorus of the New Orleans Opera Company. He studied at the Ecole Dullin and the Sorbonne in Paris, where he spent a number of years, and he travels annually to Europe and Japan and to other more exotic climes.
Pronko won Distinguished Professor Awards twice at Pomona College, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award in 1972, Drury College Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1980, Tulane University Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1984, the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Japanese Government, 1986, and the ATHE Award for Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education, 1997. In 2006, he was made a Fellow of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.
Recently Pronko created two DVDs, Kabuki for the West and Kabuki Backstage (Insight Media). His most recent plays presented at Pomona College include Ibsen’s A Doll House and John Gabriel Borkman, Corneille’s The Liar, Shakespeare’s Richard II, and Moliere’s Tartuffe.