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Jonathan Kalb on Marathon Theatre + Peter Stein’s Faust (Germany)

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Apr 15, 2013
Apr 15, 2013
Segal Theatre

 Peter Stein’s Faust
 Photo by Ruth Walz

Jonathan Kalb, theatre critic, professor, and two-time winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, shares his research from his recent award-winning book Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater. Join us for an all-day screening of the American premiere of legendary German theatre director Peter Stein’s epic  adaptation of Goethe’s unabridged Faust (2000), followed by an evening conversation between Kalb and critic John Muse (University of Chicago), a scholar of modernist microdrama. Join us to hear Kalb’s thoughts on durational performance works by Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, and Robert Wilson, among others.

10:00am-6:00pm: Excerpted screening of
Peter Stein’s Faust I and II (Hanover, Germany).
In German, with subtitled English
scene introductions.

6:30pm: Conversation with Jonathan Kalb and John Muse

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Jonathan Kalb is Professor of Theater at Hunter College of the City University of New York and a member of the Theater Ph.D. faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is also Literary Advisor and a Resident Artist at Theater for a New Audience, where he works frequently as a dramaturg. He served for six years as Chair of Hunter’s Theatre Department and is the founding editor of HotReview.org, The Hunter On-Line Theater Review. Kalb has twice received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the country’s richest and most prestigious prize for a theater critic. He first won it in 1991 for his book Beckett in Performance (Cambridge University Press) and his articles and reviews in The Village Voice. And he won it again in 2012 for his book Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater (University of Michigan Press), which also won the George Freedley Memorial Award, given by the Theatre Library Association for the year’s outstanding theater book. Kalb was a regular theater critic for The Village Voice from 1987-1997 and the chief theater critic for New York Press from 1997-2001. He has published hundreds of essays, articles, interviews, and other writings in such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Salmagundi, Modern Drama, Theater Journal, Theater, Performing Arts Journal, TDR, Theater Heute, The Threepenny Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, New German Critique, TheatreForum, American Theatre, as well as in numerous books. Two book collections of Kalb’s critical writing have been published: Free Admissions: Collected Theater Writings (Limelight Editions, 1993) and Play By Play: Theater Essays and Reviews, 1993-2002 (Limelight Editions, 2003). In the late 1980s, Kalb lived for two years on a Fulbright Grant in West Berlin, where he learned the German language and began to write about German theater. His book The Theater of Heiner Müller—-the first general study in English about the most important German playwright after Brecht–was published by Cambridge University Press in 1998 and reissued as a revised and enlarged paperback by Limelight Editions in 2001. Kalb received his BA from Wesleyan University and his MFA and DFA from the Yale School of Drama.

John H. Muse is assistant professor of English and theater studies at the University of Chicago, where he teaches modern and contemporary theater, modernist literature, and theater history. His research focuses on work that tests the perceived boundaries of a given medium or the borders among media: plays so short as to approach visual art, poems or novels in dramatic form, metatheater and metafiction, and digital or otherwise virtual theater. His current book project, Microdramas, explores brevity in theater since the late nineteenth century. The book argues that short plays warrant as much attention as short stories, lyric poems, or short films, in part because they reveal the shape of fundamental assumptions about theater’s limits and possibilities. His articles have appeared in Modern DramaJournal of Dramatic Theory and CriticismJournal of American Drama and Theater, and in Theater.