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Celebrating the Life

January 28, 2011 - 10:09am

AUSTIN, Texas — The 6th Annual David O. Nilsson Lecture in Contemporary Drama returns to the stage with a conversation about Brecht and Weill's The Threepenny Opera.

This year's installment of the Fine Arts Library's annual program precedes the Department of Theatre & Dance's February 24 production of Threepenny, and features a discussion of the play, its history and historical context with director Halena Kays, dramaturg Eleanor Owicki, and UT faculty Dr. David Crew (Department of History) and Dr. Janet Swaffar (Department of Germanic Studies). Dr. Kurt Heinzelman will moderate.

The Nilsson Lecture, "Brecht: Then & Now," takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday, February 24 in the Winship Drama Building, Room 2.112 on The University of Texas at Austin campus. A reception will follow the panel, and attendees will also receive a discount on the purchase of tickets to the 8 p.m. production of "The Threepenny Opera."

The Nilsson Lecture was founded through the generosity of Dr. David O. Nilsson, a retired mathematics professor at The University of Texas at Austin, independent scholar and Henrik Ibsen aficionado.

Past lectures have featured the Swedish novelist Lars Gustaffson (speaking on paradox in Ibsen’s The Wild Duck), and director of Shakespeare at Winedale James Loehlin (on Stanislavski’s contrarian production of The Cherry Orchard), and an entertaining panel of local playwrights including internationally-renowned Kirk Lynn and Keene Prize winner George Brant (discussing the state and fate of theater) and a master class on Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing featuring noted British and local thespians. Last year's lecture featured Robert Faires reprising an excerpted version of his notable one-man take on Henry V.

Please RSVP to (512)495-4363 or emcquade@austin.utexas.edu if you plan to attend.

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