Performances to observe the centenary of Armistice Day
This fall, join Arís for a very special performance series commemorating the one-hundredth aniversary of Armistice Day, which was to end "The War To End All Wars". We are assembling a program of events and performances based on the impact of this historical event, including music, lectures, a staged reading of "Home and Beauty" by M. Somerset Maugham, and our production of "Not About Heroes" by Stephen MacDonald.
Not About Heroes
by Stephen MacDonald
In June 1917 a young English soldier named Wilfred Owen was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital to treat the shell shock he was suffering after four months in the trenches in France. While he was there he met Siegfried Sassoon, a well-known poet. This meeting sparked a friendship that would inspire Owen to write what is thought of as the finest poetry to come out of World War I. This touching play seeks, and finds, joy and art in the midst of war. Directed by Frank Miller.
Discussion: "Words Against War: Anti-War Literature of the First World War."
After the November 4 showing of "Not About Heroes", Arís welcomes historian Patrick N. Allitt to the theatre to discuss anti-war literature World War I, and its deep and far-reaching impact.
Patrick N. Allitt is the Cahoon Family Professor of American History in the Department of History at Emory University. At Emory since 1988, he teaches courses on American intellectual, environmental, and religious history, on Victorian Britain, and on the Great Books. Author of seven books (most recently A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism, 2014), he is also presenter of eight lecture series with "The Great Courses", including "The Art of Teaching” and, most recently, “The Industrial Revolution.”
Presented after "Not About Heroes" at 2:30pm at 7 Stages Back Stage in Little Five Points.
Home and Beauty
by M. Somerset Maugham
W. Somerset Maugham called his play "a farce in three acts". We find it a fascinating slice of history and theatre, with a comic wit that will make you think more than twice. Directed by John Ammerman.
Presented at 7 Stages Theatre Back Stage.
Day of Remembrance
Our observation of the anniversary of Armistice includes a centenary service, luncheon, special guest speakers, and reception.
Presented Sunday, November 11, 10:45am at Emory University's Cannon Chapel.
After this special ceremony, join us for "Not About Heroes" at 2:30pm at 7 Stages Back Stage in Little Five Points.
Music and Poetry of the Era
Some of the most touching and enduring reflections on mankind and mortality came in the poetry of the WWI Era. We present selections of some of the best, words and wisdom that will touch you forever. We will also present music of the time, a rare look into the lives of those who witnessed this period.
Presented November 13 @ 7:30pm at Manuel's Tavern.
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