Arts and Humanities Colloquium (VIU)

Friday, March 23, 2018, 10am - 11:30am

The Malaspina Theatre (VIU - bldg 310)

Encouraged to come early for coffee, juice, cookies and conversation in the theatre foyer

Parking: Some courtesy parking for this presentation will be available. Enter through Gate 5D (access from Fifth Street) and park in the lot to the right. From 9:00 to 10:00 am, a student in a safety vest will be near the entrance to guide you and provide you with a pass for your dashboard. The pass will be good until 1:00 pm. Please click on this link for a view of the campus map to see the locations of the parking lots.



A Tale of Two Playwrights:

Writing Across Culture and Gender

Nelson Gray, English Department


What happens when two playwrights from differing cultures and genders investigate racism and misogyny in the same small B.C. mill town? Nelson Gray will explain the traumatic event that sparked his play and the turn of events that led to his cross-cultural collaboration with Métis playwright Marie Clements. Readings from the recently-published plays, Gray's Talker's Town and Clements' The Girl Who Swam Forever, will reveal the surprising results. 





Nelson Gray’s  dance/theatre performances have been produced in Canada, the U.S., and Germany, and his poetry and scholarly articles have appeared in journals such as the Canadian Theatre Review, the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Studies in Canadian Literature, and Theatre Research in Canada, and in two anthologies: Readings in Performance and Ecology and Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context.


Current projects include an anthology of eco-dramas to be edited with Theresa May and Wendy Arons, and—with the assistance of a Canada Council Grant and a SHHRC award—Here Oceans Roar, an opera based on his experiences as the skipper of a salmon troller and incorporating oceanographic research from Dalhousie and the University of Victoria.


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