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Friday, May 13 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
What Does Tolkien Know about Fantasy, Anyway? Representations of the Fantastic on the Contemporary Stage

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In 1938, as he was in the early stages of writing The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien delivered a lecture at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland entitled “On Fairy Stories”. In this lecture he makes a provocative statement (several, actually, but one that is of particular interest to theater practitioners): “Drama is naturally hostile to Fantasy. Fantasy, even of the simplest kind, hardly ever succeeds in Drama, when that is presented as it should be, visibly and audibly acted.”

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Rob Kimbro

I tell stories on stage. My academic work focuses on adaptations - what happens to stories when we take them from one medium to another . I have a particular interest in stories of the fantastic. In 2011, My stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants premiered in... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
LaSalle 3

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