A weekend of events celebrating the life and work of Romulus Zachariah Linney IV, Oberlin Class of 1953.
Described as “a playwright who roved along many intellectual paths,” Linney wrote three novels, four opera librettos, 20 short stories, and 85 plays. “… Mr. Linney may be our bravest living playwright,” Ben Brantley wrote in the New York Times in 1996, “running from rural dramas about hillbilly homicides to lush meditations on Lord Byron’s ghost and Frederick the Great.” When Linney died in 2011 at the age of 80, the lights of Broadway were dimmed in his honor.
My Ghosts, My Own: Five Short Plays by Romulus Linney ’53
Thursday-Saturday, October 10-12 • Little Theater • 8 p.m.
Romulus Linney and the Well of Ideas
A guest lecture by Leslie Maslow ’90, who studied playwrighting with Romulus Linney.
Friday, October 11 • 3 p.m. • Mudd 050
The Surprise Social Entrepeneur
A guest lecture by Laura Callanan, Romulus Linney’s widow, about James Houghton, who formed the Signature Theatre Company after being inspired by the works of Romulus Linney.
Friday, October 11 • 4:30 p.m. • Bibbins 223
An Actor’s Approach to the Plays of Romulus Linney
A master class by accomplished actress Kathleen Chalfant.
Saturday, October 12 • 10:30 a.m. • Hall Auditorium
Romulus Linney’s Legacy: A Symposium
Panelists: Linney's daughter, the actress Laura Linney, who will take part via Skype; actress Kathleen Chalfant; director John Dillon; and playwright Leslie Maslow '90. Moderated by Professor Roger Copeland.
Saturday, October 12 • West Lecture Hall • 3 p.m.
World Premiere Staged Reading: The Flower Hunter
An unproduced play Romulus Linney wrote before his death in 2011. Directed by John Dillon.
Sunday, October 13 • Hall Auditorium • 2 p.m.
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