Theater Emory will present Eugene ONeills valentine
to the American family, Ah, Wilderness!, from Feb. 15March
2 as part of a project sponsored with the Emory Center for Myth
and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL Center) that examines the American
family throughout the 20th century.
Beginning with ONeills coming-of-age comedy, Theater
Emory will investigate stage portrayals of the family during that
time. Wilderness is a portrait of the Miller Family in the
Connecticut summer of 1906.
It is a play about relationships, said director John
Ammerman, associate professor of theater studies. I see it
as a study of the ways that families functionnot just as a
hierarchical unitbut as delicately interdependent entities.
ONeill described the play as a comedy of recollections
in three acts. He fondly looks back to the world of his youth
to depict a young mans awakening to worldly ideas and the
fascinations of the opposite sex.
The cast includes professionals Lisa Paulsen (assistant professor
of theater studies), Steve Coulter, Lynna Schmidt, Bruce Evers and
Damon Bogges. Jonathan Rosenblit plays the Millers youngest
son. Emory students Raife Baker, Michael Pahr, Brian Crawford, Lauren
Gunderson, Alex Newell, Nicole Sheres, Lynne Tucker and Gabriel
Viñas complete the cast.
Wm. Moore is set designer, Marianne Martin is costume designer,
and Judy Zanotti is lighting and sound designer.
In conjunction with the play, Theater Emory and the MARIAL Center
will present Staging the American Family: A Symposium on the
Evolution of the Idea of Family in 20th Century Drama Feb.
2427. All events take place in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater.
Wilderness! tickets range between $7.50$15, but all other
symposium events are free and open to the public.
Symposium events include:
24, at 7:30 p.m.: Keynote lecture, Our Imagined
Families: The Myths and Rituals We Live By given by Rutgers
University historian John Gillis. He is a noted historian of the
family who has written several books on family history; the most
recent is A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual and the Quest
for Family Values.
25, at 7:30 p.m.: The American Family on Stage:
A Decade-by-Decade Look at the Evolution of the Family. Presentation
of scenes from a play from each decade.
26, at 7:30 p.m.: Michael Goldman, professor emeritus
of English at Princeton University, offers a critics context
for the scenes of family life, which will be restaged in some fashion
from the previous evening. One of the most distinguished American
drama critics, Goldman has twice received the prestigious George
Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism.
Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m.: Myth America: Diverse Arenas
of Mythmaking on the American Family. Panel discussion, including
Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, advertising and
idea man Joey Reiman, Gillis and Goldman.
After the Feb. 15 opening-night performance at 7:30 p.m., Wilderness
will be performed ThursdaySaturday at 8 p.m. through March
2. Matinee performances (3 p.m.) are scheduled for Feb. 17, 24 and
March 2. Admission is $15, Emory students with ID are admitted half-price.
For more information, call 404-727-5050 or send e-mail to email@example.com.