On Monday, Oct. 29, the Aurora Historical Society will host the release of Closet Drama: History, Theory, Form, edited by Catherine Burroughs, professor of English at Wells College and visiting professor of English at the Performing Arts and Media Studies departments at Cornell University. The book release reception, 4:30-6:00 p.m., will include an informal talk by Prof. Burroughs on "The Closet Play" at 4:45 p.m.
Throughout her career, Catherine Burroughs has focused on the contributions to theatre of women writers between 1750 and 1830. Her publications have encouraged scholarship on theatre theorists of the Romantic period and the broader topic of gender and the stage. She is also a member of Actors' Equity Association and a novelist.
The "closet play" is a dramatic text written for reading rather than acting. Closet Drama: History, Theory, Form features original essays from distinguished scholars who offer fresh and illuminating perspectives on historical narratives, performances and texts from the Renaissance to the present.
Monday's reception at 371 Main Street in Aurora is an event in the series ,"A House Tells a Story," which focuses on the art, scholarship and friends of Wells College professors Else and Otto Fleissner. The Aurora Historical Society/Village History Center is located in the rear courtyard and accessible to all, and events are always free. The museum is also open on Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or anytime through the Docent-on-Call number (315.246.1130).
Note: the museum will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 30, but events on Tuesdays will resume the following week.
If you have questions about the event, please contact Professor Emerita Linda Schwab at 315.246.1130.