Tony-award winning director and MacArthur fellow Mary Alice Zmmerman, will deliver Princeton’s 2020 Fagles lecture. Professor Zimmerman has directed and adapted dozens of performances during an extraordinarily rich and creative career. These productions include Metamorphoses, Arabian Nights, Pericles, The Jungle Book, The White Snake and Armida, as well as an opera collaboration with Philip Glass and a new opera based on Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, due to be presented next year. In addition to her creative work, Professor Zimmerman is the Manilow Resident Director of Goodman Theatre, a member of Lookingglass Theatre Company and holds an endowed chair as Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University.
Mary Zimmerman will discuss her theatrical adaptations of The Odyssey,Metamorphoses and Argonautika, as well as her recent collaboration on Eurydice at the Fagles lecture entitled ‘Bodies I have in Mind: Embodying Myth on Stage’. The lecture will use pictures from various productions to demonstrate how images deploy visual metaphor to stage the impossible.
The recently established Fagles Lecture invites a distinguished writer or artist to Princeton, whose work engages with the Classics. During the visit, which will take place virtually this year, the guest gives a lecture and a class or reading, as well as meeting students and engaging in a public conversation with faculty members about their work. Support for this project has been provided in part by Princeton’s Departments of Classics and Comparative Literature, Humanities Council, Lewis Center for the Performing Arts, Public Lectures Committee, Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies and the Program in Humanistic Studies.
The Fagles lecture will take place on the 3rd of November at 4:30 and will be open to the Princeton academic and alumni community.