Friday, May 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM EDT
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 4:15 PM EDT

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1010 Bartley Hall/Vasey Theatre at Villanova Univ.
800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085

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Stephanie Heimann
Villanova University Theatre Department

Philadelphia Theatre Research Symposium 2019

Join in the conversation as we explore "Adaptation" in theatre with some of the nation’s most illustrious scholars and innovative practitioners. A keynote address will be given by John Collins, Artistic Director of the ensemble theatre company, Elevator Repair Service.

About PTRS

The goal of PTRS is to provide a forum for theatre scholars and practitioners to share their research and work in order to enter into a dialogue about current trends in theatrical practice and scholarship. Additionally, PTRS seeks to provide a platform for the works of emerging theatre scholars. Panels will consist of paper presentations of 15-20 minutes and will be moderated by a scholar and/or practitioner.

About Elevator Repair Service

Elevator Repair Service (ERS) is an award-winning theatre ensemble founded in 1991. The company’s many awards include an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence; The Theatre Communications Group’s Peter Zeisler Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement; and Lucille Lortel Awards for Alternative Theatrical Experience, Outstanding Director and Outstanding Design. ERS’s work combines a broad range of sources from found material to literature and conventional plays with elements of slapstick comedy mixed with their own unique style of design and choreography. ERS has authored an extensive body of work including 19 original theatrical productions. Recent works include Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf and Gatz.

About John Collins

John Collins is the founder and Artistic Director of Elevator Repair Service (ERS) and has directed or co-directed all of its productions since the company was founded 1991. Most notable among his work with ERS is Gatz, a verbatim performance of the entire text of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. He is the recipient of a Doris Duke Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a United States Artist Donnelley Fellowship. John received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director for Gatz’s 2010 production at The Public Theater and the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for its production at A.R.T. John has occasionally contributed both sound and lighting design to the company’s work, including the Bessie Award-winning lighting design of Room Tone.


-- DAY ONE --

Date: May 3, 2019
Place: BARTLEY HALL 1010 

09:30am Registration

11:00am New York City Experimental Theatre

  • Johan Callens (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

"(Un)Tethering the Ghoul of Adaptation"

  • Daniella Vinitski Mooney (University of Pennsylvania)

"Performance of GAle GAtes et al. Tilly Losch: GAle GAtes et al. and the American Dream"

  • Arthur Sabatini (Arizona State University)

"Lee Breuer and Adaptations"

12:30pm Lunch

01:30pm Adapting the Past 

  • Sam Kirk (University of Pennsylvania)

"Tracing Theatrical Adaptations, Contemporary and Historical"

  • Alison Walls (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

"Auntie Mame – Again: Nostalgia for Modernity in the Multiple Adaptations of Auntie Mame"

03:00pm Break

03:15pm Emerging Scholars Panel

  • CJ Miller (Villanova University)

"The Lye of Grease: An All-Black Representation of an 'American' Classic"

  • Mary Lyon (Villanova University)

"The Importance of Being Inclusive: The Necessity for Diversity in Adapting and Translating Classical Text"

  • Melissa Sturges (Villanova University)

"Science Fiction Double Feature: 'Monsters From the Id' and how Shakespeare was a Sci-Fi Preliminary"

  • Alexandra Mitchell (Villanova University)

"Children Will Listen: Effective Adaptation of Fairytale in Sondheim and Lapine’s Into the Woods"

05:00pm Break 

05:15pm Keynote Address by John Collins, Elevator Repair Service

06:30pm Reception



-- DAY TWO --

Date: May 4, 2019

09:00am Adaptation as/through Processes 

  • Rachel Dickstein (Purchase College, SUNY)

"There She Was: Embodying Interiority, Trauma and Feminism in Ripe Time’s stage adaptations of work by Virginia Woolf and Haruki Murakami"

  • Parade Stone (Independent Scholar)

"Linguistic Theatricality: Translations of Phenomenological Experience of Desire in Julia Cho’s The Language Archive"

  • Julian Mesri (Columbia University)

"Re-Imagined Communities – Making Contemporary Theater out of History"

10:30am Break

10:45am Adaptation as World Building

  • Janet Werther (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

"Dyke Dramas: Lesbian Adaptation as Queer World-Making Praxis"

  • Jirye Lee (The Ohio State University)

"Between ‘adapted by’ and ‘inspired by’Shakespeare’s The Tempest adapted and dir. by Kelly Hunter especially for children on the Autism Spectrum"

  •  Hui Peng (The University at Buffalo, SUNY)

"Facing the digital Frankenstein: A adapted theatrical intervention in everyday life"

12:15pm Lunch

01:15pm Workshop with Elevator Repair Service