Date: Wednesday, July 27th
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn
Tickets Here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2523878
The theatre has always been preoccupied with the line between what’s fictional and what’s real, especially when it comes to death. How do you stage a believable death scene? How can the audience tell if it’s real or not? Is death even something that’s appropriate to show onstage?
This lecture will look at how deaths, both real and imaginary, have been staged in the theatre over the centuries. From Roman executions that turned the condemned into unwilling actors, to the gruesome (but fake) spectacle of the Grand Guignol, performers have been figurativelyand sometimes literallydying onstage for as long as theatre has been existed.
Michael Lueger holds a Ph.D. in Drama from Tufts University and teaches at Emerson College and Northeastern University. In addition to his scholarly work, he blogs about theatre and its history for HowlRound, writes reviews for Critics at Large and WBUR, and tweets about theatre history @theaterhistory.
Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is canceled.