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Crimes of the Heart in Conversation: Women, Comedy and the Legacy of Beth Henley
Sunday, March 20th
Directly following the 2pm performance; approximate start time 4:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Join us for a cross-disciplinary symposium that explores (and explodes!) the common assertion that women “have no sense of humor.” We’ll discuss how Beth Henley’s work changed the landscape for women writing comedic plays, how family relationships can be defined through storytelling and humor, ways in which comedy upends gender norms, and how humor intersects with metal health. This conversation between these brilliant and hilarious women promises to be lively, engaging, and unpredictable!
Lisa Kron, Tony-nominated playwright of Well, 2.5 Minute Ride, and 101 Humiliating Stories.
Patricia Marx, humor writer at the New Yorker and former staff writer for Saturday Night Live.
Deborah Prentice, Chair of the Princeton University Department of Psychology and scholar of gendered social norms.
Moderated by Tamsen Wolff, Associate Professor in the Princeton University department of English and contemporary drama scholar.
The McCarter “In Conversation” Series consists of symposium-style discussions among leading artists, scholars, and other public figures that foster cross-disciplinary exploration of big questions and concepts in McCarter’s plays. The Spring 2011 “In Conversation” Series is co-sponsored by Princeton University’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
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