16th Annual American Studies Lecture to bring a taste of Broadway to the University of Leicester

Posted by ew205 at Oct 03, 2017 10:37 AM |
A talk entitled “Tennessee Williams on Broadway: Reimagining The Glass Menagerie” will be delivered by Professor Annette Saddik on Monday 9 October

A free public lecture entitled “Tennessee Williams on Broadway: Reimagining The Glass Menagerie” is scheduled to take place on Monday 9 October at the University of Leicester.

The Centre for American Studies annual lecture will be delivered this year by Professor Annette Saddik- Professor of English and Theatre at New York City College of Technology and the CUNY Graduate Centre Doctoral Program in Theatre.

The lecture will focus on five-character memory play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. The play premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame.

Professor Saddik will discuss the history of The Glass Menagerie on Broadway, including three recent key interpretations in relation to the original 1945 production.

In so doing she will also discuss her role in the New York City theatre community, and how Broadway, as an institution, has changed since the first production of The Glass Menagerie.

The lecture will be held in the Belvoir Park Lounge of the University of Leicester’s Charles Wilson Building, commencing at 5.30pm.

The event is open to graduates, students, staff and members of the public.

Dr Andrew Johnstone, Director of the Centre for American Studies and Associate Professor in American History, said: “This is the sixteenth in a series of high-profile annual lectures hosted by the Centre for American Studies at the University of Leicester, and one that marks the twentieth anniversary of the Centre.

“We are thrilled to have Professor Saddik come to Leicester to discuss a famous playwright who is a key part of our American Studies curriculum, as well as sharing her experiences of working on Broadway.”



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