Hendrix follows a public events calendar that last year included Art Spiegleman and Francine Prose with another pair of impressive authors this season. Short short fiction master Lydia Davis comes on Oct. 28 in what's billed as "An Evening of Humor with Lydia Davis." And wunderkind novelist and essayist Jonathan Safran Foer ("Everything Is Illuminated," "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"), recently named one of the New Yorker's "20 Under 40," comes on Nov. 18 for a program called "Why Jews Laugh at Things That Aren't Funny."
Check out the full schedule, including a Sept. 10 staging of Times contributor Werner Trieschmann's play "Disfarmer," on the jump.
September 10, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Cabe Theatre
Playwright’s Theatre: Disfarmer by Werner Trieschmann
Playwright’s Theatre, an extension of the Foundation’s Playwriting Contest, produces dramatic readings of new plays by current or former Hendrix students. Disfarmer is based on the life of the famed reclusive photographer from Heber Springs, Arkansas, Michael Disfarmer. An audience and cast discussion will follow the reading. Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.
September 14, 2010, 7:00 p.m., Murphy Seminar Room
Comedy Film Series: Modern Times
A story of industry and individual enterprise, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times is a timeless silent comedy that features his iconic character, Little Tramp, struggling to survive in the modern, industrialized world.
September 23, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall
“How To Laugh at Foreigners”
Keynote speaker Simon Critchley will open this year’s programs with a discussion on comedy. Author of On Humour, professor of philosophy, and scholar of many related fields, Critchley integrates humor, comedy, and laughter into broader social and humanistic concerns. He is currently Chair and Professor of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York City.
September 24-25, 2010, 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Cabe Theatre
Make 'Em Laugh
An original play about laughter for the whole family, Make ‘Em Laugh will be performed in Cabe Theatre. Written and directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance Ann Muse, it is co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. No reservations or tickets are required.
October 20, 2010, 8:30 p.m., Worsham Performance Hall
“The Language of the Stand-Up Comic: Reflecting and Affecting Society”
Known as “The Biggest Name in Comedy,” Costaki Economopoulos creates little “a-ha” moments with humor often described as smart, hip, insightful, and socially relevant. His jokes have appeared on The Tonight Show and The Late Show, but he is best known for “The Economonologue,” a weekly segment on the syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show.
October 28, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Reves Recital Hall
“An Evening of Humor with Lydia Davis”
Acclaimed fiction writer and translator Lydia Davis is an innovator of the short story form. Her work is known for its brevity and humor, as well as her stylistic hallmark of minimalist wordplay. She is the author of six collections of short fiction, including Varieties of Disturbance, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award, and a novel, The End of the Story.
November 9, 2010, 7:00 p.m., Murphy Seminar Room
Comedy Film Series: The Awful Truth
Deemed a comedy of remarriage, The Awful Truth, starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, reveals the exuberance of the love games played by the ostensibly feuding and soon-to-be-divorced couple, Jerry and Lucy Warriner.
November 10-13, 2010, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Cabe Theatre
The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Shepard Sobel, this year’s Murphy Visiting Theatre Director, will direct a student theatrical production of Sheridan’s The Rivals. Set in the late 18th century, this farcical comedy of manners satirizes the pretentiousness of English society through the use of clever wordplay, false identities, romantic entanglements, and parental disapproval. Co-founder of the OBIE award-winning Pearl Theatre Company in New York, Sobel has experience acting, directing, and teaching in various venues throughout the United States. Call Cabe Theatre Box Office for reservations: 501-450-1343.
November 18, 2010, 7:30 p.m., Staples Auditorium
“Why Jews Laugh at Things That Aren’t Funny”
Jonathan Safran Foer is an internationally acclaimed author whose first novel, Everything Is Illuminated, won numerous awards and was adapted into a highly successful Hollywood film. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, his second novel, went straight to the bestseller list and has been optioned for film production. His latest work, Eating Animals, documents the year he spent exploring the ecological crisis at farms across the country. This event is co-sponsored by the Crain-Maling Center of Jewish Culture.