Theatre Dept. Presents: Rapture, Blister, Burn, May 13-16

A finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Gionfriddo’s play offers a multigenerational examination of women besieged by changing attitudes toward feminism, marriage, and success. Former college classmates, Catherine (a flourishing academic) and Gwen (a married mother of two), reunite decades later to discover that each covets the other’s life. As they struggle to reconcile the principles of feminist theory with their individual aspirations, the women realize that the pursuit of happiness is more challenging than it seems.

Rapture, Blister, Burn, originally written by Gina Gionfriddo, is directed by Jeff Grace.

This play will be showing May 13, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Tickets are available at the door one hour before each performance.

$10 for Adults.

$5 for Senior Citizens & Alumni.

Free to all Knox Community & Students.

2015 Honorary Degree Recipients Announced

Dear Knox Community,

It is my privilege to announce this year’s honorary degree recipients, who will receive their degrees at the College’s Commencement exercises on June 7. In addition to our Commencement speaker Bill Whitaker, Emmy Award-winning journalist and 60 Minutes correspondent, Knox will confer honorary degrees on June Cross, Emmy Award-winning producer and writer, and Matthew Berg ’00, co-founder and chief executive officer of the social enterprise technology company Ona. You can read more about all three distinguished recipients on the Knox website.

Please join me in thanking the Honorary Degree Committee for their work selecting this year’s degree recipients.


Berlin Poems Published

Monica Berlin (English) has published four new poems. “[With every wall a window],” “[Because you’re still in another time zone disparate things],” “[The lesson tonight nothing less than]” and “[Not quite another season, but almost, & on the window ledges,]” all appear in Mantis 13 (April 2015).

Davenport Playwriting Awards to be Announced May 7

The winners of this year’s A. Eugene and Ella Stewart Davenport Literary Award in playwriting will be announced by the judge, Tracy Young, on Thursday May 7 at 4 p.m. in Studio lobby​, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.​

All the writers who submitted scripts are urged to attend this event, and everyone else is warmly invited.

Tracy will share with the writers her overall impressions of the work she read, and talk about her own career in regional theatre and screenwriting. There will be a Q and A session, followed by Tracy’s announcement of the winner and runners-up.

Tracy Young is a theatre director and playwright who began her career developing several original plays with The Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles. She has since created several adaptations for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, including of The Servant of Two Masters and The Imaginary Invalid, and most recently of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. She describes her recent creation with Bill Rauch of Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, a simultaneous telling of Euripides’ Medea, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, as her most challenging and joyful work to date.

Lichtman to give Al Young Artist Talk, May 8

Susan Lichtman will give a talk at 4 p.m. Friday, May 8 in the Round Room, Ford Center for the Fine Arts. The talk precedes the annual Al Young student art awards ceremony.

Susan Lichtman received her B.A. from Brown University in 1978 and M.F.A. from Yale University in 1980. She has shown at Galleria ISA, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy, Dartmouth College, Amherst College, Cornell University, and Brown University. She is represented by the Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI, and Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Her works have been reviewed in The New Art Examiner, American Artist, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Boston Globe. She has won numerous awards, including the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and faculty grants from Brandeis University, where she has taught as Associate Professor of Fine Art since 1989.

The Al Young Exhibit, now in its 47th year, is named by a 1969 Knox graduate and long-time teacher in Belleville, Illinois, who died in 1993. Young began making gifts for art prizes in 1968 while still a student. Since 1993, prizes have been supported by gifts from Young’s sister, Ann A. Young ’68. The awards are named in honor of their parents, Albert G. Young and Anna Elisabeth Young.

Caxton Club/Davenport Poetry Awards, May 8

Carolina Ebeid will give a talk and announce the Davenport Poetry awards on Friday, May 8 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Old Main. Ebeid was the 2012-2014 Fellow at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, and serves as a poetry editor for the online journal Better: Culture & Lit. Her work appears widely in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, Memorious, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry, and others.

She holds an MFA from the Michener Centers for Writers at the University of Texas, and has won awards and fellowships from CantoMundo, The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Academy of American Poets. She grew up in West New York, NJ, and will make Denver her home for the next few years while she pursues a PhD in creative writing.