Blackadder awarded translation fellowship

Knox College professor of theater Neil Blackadder has been awarded a 2011-12 fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation to translate three contemporary German-language plays into English.The foundation, based at Brown University in Rhode Island, selects a limited number of scholars each year to receive the prestigious fellowships to fund projects in selected fields of study. About 10 fellowships are awarded annually.

Blackadder will translate three works by Swiss playwright Lukas Bärfuss. The plays are:

“The Test,” about a man who finds out he isn’t the father of the young man whom he thought was his son.

“Malaga,” about divorcing parents who decide to hire a young man to take care of their daughter when both briefly leave town.

“Alice’s Trip to Switzerland,” about people traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide legally, and about a doctor who wishes to help them.