GWC Theater Dept. presents – Sunday Stage Talk 10/13


Sunday Stage Talk – October 13, 2013 after the 2pm Matinee Performance

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Golden West College Theater Arts Department is proud to announce the institution of a new Sunday Stage Talk series! These discussions, hosted by authoritative presenters, will be offered whenever a production has particular literary merit and relevance. They are designed to give our theater audience greater insight into the play they have just seen, as well as a greater appreciation for the original literary source. The Sunday Stage Talks are included in the normal ticket price for the first Sunday matinee performance of any production that is a part of the series. Employing a panel/discussion style format, the Sunday Stage Talks will last roughly 1 hour, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers at the conclusion of the presentation.

This season, we kick off the Sunday Stage Talk series after our October 13th Sunday Matinee performance of 1984 with a presentation by two faculty members from the Golden West College English Department, Professor Dibakar Barua and Professor Kenneth Brady, who will engage in a discussion entitled:

1984: Why Now? 

This discussion will focus on the current sociopolitical relevance of George Orwell’s acclaimed novel, and may also touch upon playwright Michael Gene Sullivan’s stage adaptation of it.

About the Speakers 

Dibakar Barua has taught literature and writing at Chittagong University (Bangladesh), Stony Brook University, and UCLA. For the last twenty-four years he has been a professor of English at Golden West College in Huntington Beach where he also served as a Department Chair for fifteen years. His poems and short stories have appeared in Puerto del sol, West/Word, Short Story International, Ibbetson Street, Bangla Academy Journal, and other literary journals. His book of poems, The Womb of Memory, was published in 2008 by World Parade Books.

Kenneth Brady is a professor of English and Education. He has taught literature and writing at Harvey Mudd College and at the California Institute of Technology. He spent ten years as a Technical Writer for NASA where he worked on such projects as the Hubble Telescope and the Voyager Space Project. For the past twenty years, he has been a part-time staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. Currently, he is Senior Writer/Senior Editor for the Alumni Office at Harvard University and a writing and critical thinking instructor in the English Department at Golden West College.