Join us for FREE pre-show presentations on topics ranging from the intersection between queer female bodies and horses to Victorian stage effects and magic lanterns.
Friday, February 27th, 6:45 pm
Denny Daniel from the Museum of Interesting Things will do a presentation using items from his collection on Victorian stage effects, photographic equipment, and magic lanterns. Adah Isaacs Menken was one of the first celebrities to seize upon the potential of the then-new medium of photography to further her career.
Denny Daniel is the curator and founder of The Museum of Interesting Things, a traveling interactive demonstration/exhibition of antiques and inventions inspiring innovation and creativity, that goes to schools and events, and inspires kids and adults to be curious and experimental, learning from the past to invent a better future.
Saturday, February 28th, 6:45 pm
Scholars Kim Marra, Joe E. Jeffreys and Karen Karbiener will examine Adah Isaacs Menken’s theatre and literary practices. This lively discussion will focus on the intersection of queer female bodies and horses; women cross-dressing as male characters in American popular entertainment; and the bohemian literary scene around Pfaff’s Cellar of the 1860s that Menken and Walt Whitman were part of.
Kim Marra is a professor of theatre and performance history, and the Director of Graduate Studies in the University of Iowa. She holds a quarter-time appointment in the American Studies Department and is affiliate faculty in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. Her book Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in the American Theatre, 1865-1914 won the 2008 Joe A. Callaway Prize for Best Book on Drama or Theatre conferred biennially by NYU’s Department of English. Her new book project is entitled Fashioning the Thoroughbred Ideal: Show Women and Show Horses on American Stages, 1865-1930.
Joe E. Jeffreys is a professor in the Tisch School of Arts at New York University, and theatre historian. His work has been published in journals including The Drama Review, Women & Performance, Theatre History Studies, and biography. His theatre and book reviews have been widely published in periodicals including The Village Voice, TheateWeek, The Advocate and The Lambda Book Report.
Karen Karbiener is a master teacher in the Liberal Studies Program at New York University. She is a scholar of nineteenth century American literature and culture with a special interest in Walt Whitman and his beloved New York. Karbiener holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and taught at Colby College. She has curated public exhibits on Whitman and organized Whitman-related events in New York.
Sunday, March 1st, 2:45 pm
Authors Michael and Barbara Foster will be doing a presentation on the fascinating life of Adah Isaacs Menken. They wrote the book on her. Literally. From the pages of their biography Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, And Scandals Of Adah Isaacs Menken, they will shed light on the elusive story behind “America's Original Superstar.” As part of their talk, they will show images from their extensive collection of Menken photographs—one of the most photographed personalities of her time.
Michael and Barbara Foster married at 20 and ever since have lived and worked together co-authoring several books, including: Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, And Scandals Of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868; The Secret Lives of Alexandra David-Neel: A Biography of the Explorer of Tibet and Its Forbidden Practices; and Three in Love: Menages a Trois from Ancient to Modern Times with Letha Hadady.
La MaMa in association with Theatre Askew present
or, The Fickle
by Trav S. D.
directed by Elyse Singer
February 13 - March 1, 2015
The Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
(between Bowery and 4th Street)
New York, NY 10003
Tickets: $18 Adults; $13 Students/Seniors
For Tickets and Info: CLICK HERE