Why 'Live'? The Value of Live performance in a Digital Age

October 2, 2012 (All day)

Tuesdays, October 2, 16 and 30, 7:30pm
Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse
This series of lectures considers the presence, power, and authenticity of the live and the real in the arts. Lecturers include School of Drama Professors Odai Johnson and Andrew Tsao and English Professor Emeritus Herbert Blau.

Theatre and Social Efficacy
Odai Johnson, School of Drama
Tuesday, October 2, 7:30pm
This lecture explores the response time of artists of various media to national crisis. Using events of some magnitude it charts how various media engage in times of crisis. Professor in Theatre History and Head of the Ph.D. program at the University of Washington School of Drama, Dr. Odai Johnson is the author of Rehearsing the Revolution and Absence and Memory on the Colonial American Stage.

Virtually Yours: Presence, Liveness, Lessness
Herbert Blau, Emeritus, English Department and School of Drama
Tuesday, October 16, 7:30pm
Though "bots and bytes" may be seen in performance (or appear to be), without the presence of a living being there's something palpably missing — the smell of mortality and the mystery of its vanishing, "liveness" is not living. English Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Dr. Herbert Blau has had a distinguished career in the professional theatre. He helped introduce American audiences to avant-garde drama in some of the country's first productions of Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, and Harold Pinter.

Beyond the Uncanny Valley
Andrew Tsao, School of Drama
Tuesday, October 30, 7:30pm
This lecture explores the convergence of actual and virtual time and space in theatre. Associate Professor Andrew Tsao is a director for stage and screen. His work ranges from network prime-time comedies to Shakespeare and cutting-edge original performances. He heads the undergraduate drama program at the University of Washington. Professor Tsao leads summer drama programs at the Edinburgh Festival and is artistic director of The Drama Collective, a European theatre studies creative lab in Pontlevoy, France.