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Friday courses

Summer 2018 Semester

Potpourri of the Arts [4 SESSIONS]

9:30–11:00 a.m., Moss A
Fridays: June 8, 15, 22, 29

Each semester, Osher invites the movers and shakers of mid-Missouri’s arts scene to discuss, display, perform and showcase their work. Join us for this grab bag of arts topics.

Coordinator: Carolyn Dye

June 8: Lanford Wilson: Missouri’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright

This session will discuss the life and work of Lanford Wilson, including his Pulitzer prize-winning play, Talley’s Folly, as well as his career off-off, off, and on Broadway. The class will also look at research opportunities at the Lanford Wilson Collection at MU’s Ellis Library.

Instructor: David A. Crespy is professor of playwriting, acting and dramatic literature at the University of Missouri, founded MU’s Writing for Performance program and serves as its co-director. He is the founding artistic director of MU’s Missouri Playwrights Workshop, and the president of the Edward Albee Society. His books include The Off-Off Broadway Explosion, with a foreword by Edward Albee (Backstage Books, 2003) and Richard Barr: The Playwrights’ Producer, with a foreword and afterword by Edward Albee (SIU Press, March 2013). His most recent book project is Lanford Wilson: Early Stories, Sketches, and Poems, which he is editing, with afterword by Marshall Mason.

June 15: Architecture in Miniature

This session will offer a look at miniature buildings and their contents, all built by Patti. A do-it-yourself course may be offered in the fall if there is sufficient interest. Come see ways to use some of the tiny souvenirs you may have amassed!

Instructor: Patti Doyle was professor of costume design for 35 years at Stephens College. Though her stage work was “full sized,” she is fascinated by miniatures, from doll houses to the Christmas train layouts. You might have seen her work displayed n the Dorsey Street Auditorium at Stephens some years ago.

June 22: The Disappearance of John Redd and the Story of Korla Pandit

In 1940s America, the “mystical Orient” and all its clichés were in vogue, and radio shows like Chandu the Magician and films like Midnight Shadow were the rage. An ambitious, light-skinned African American from Columbia, Missouri, John Roland Redd, decided to reinvent himself for the TV music market – as Korla Pandit, the mysterious Indian musician. With a hypnotic gaze and a bejeweled turban on his head, Pandit would play an organ and piano simultaneously with both virtuosity and theatricality on TV shows.  Who was John Roland Redd before he assumed the identity of an Indian-born musician? Why did he make this choice and what were the consequences?

Instructor: Chris Campbell is the executive director of the Boone County Historical Society and its physical presence, the Boone County History & Culture Center. His career has included work in music and theatre within the non-profit sector and 16 years as an administrator at Paramount Pictures. He is also a former executive director for the Missouri Symphony Society and writes and directs the annual History Comes Alive event on Memorial Day in the Columbia Cemetery.

June 29: Pipa – The Traditional Chinese String Instrument

Theda Dolph will introduce the pipa and its history since the Han Dynasty (200 B.C.). She will talk about the instrument’s wonderful sound, wide variety of techniques and artistic expression and will perform one of the most influential masterpieces in the pipa repertoire, Ambush on Every Side. This song expresses the fierce battle scenes of the two armies in the ancient Chinese war, the Chu-Han Contention, and mainly praises the winner of the war, Liu Bang, portraying his majestic victory. The magnificent character of this song is the portrait of metal railings throughout the piece.