April 16th Lecture: “Why is Such a Man Alive? Reconsidering Reza Abdoh in the Age of Donald Trump.”

March 26, 2019

Reza AbdohReza Abdoh

Patricia Ybarra, professor of theatre arts and performance studies, will deliver the 2019 Elizabeth Munves Sherman '77, P'06, P'09 Lecture in Gender and Sexuality Studies on April 16.

The lecture explores how Abdoh, the late, queer Iranian-American director and playwright, interrogates what theatre critic Hilton Als calls the damage of patriarchy in American culture, focusing on Abdoh’s 1990 theatre work “Father Was a Peculiar Man.” 

Abdoh, who was just 32 when he died in 1995, created ambitious and disorienting performances that upended expectations about the experience of performance. “Father Was a Peculiar Man” was staged on the streets of Manhattan’s meatpacking district, traveling over four city blocks in two hours. Ybarra aims to help us better understand queer feminist imaginings of the present and its violences, and plans to do so by analyzing the theatrical, casting and dramaturgical practices of the play. 

Date and time: April 16, 2019 at 4 p.m.

Location: Pembroke Hall 305

Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. Reception to follow.