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Wisnicki’s Livingstone Discovery is Subject of Dramatic Interpretation

Poster: The Livingstone ProjectJeannie-Marie Brown, Department of Theater and Dance, heard about a research discovery by Adrian Wisnicki of the English Department, and her imagination fired up. The result is a new research collaboration between Brown and Wisnicki that will be brought to life December 6–8, 2012, in Waller Hall, presented by Theater-by-the-Grove.

The Livingstone Project is an exciting new dramatic work about David Livingstone, the celebrated Victorian abolitionist, missionary, and explorer of Africa. The play examines the intricacies of David Livingstone’s life through a dramatic interplay of historical text, movement, song, and dance. The subject of the work, David Livingstone, remains a figure of international interest; the production explores Livingstone’s relationships firsthand and incorporates various perspectives and impressions of his life. We invite audience members to experience Livingstone’s world from various perspectives—to consider the ethical choices and moral dilemmas that Livingstone faced as one of the world’s greatest African explorers.

The Livingstone Project is funded in part by the University Senate Research Committee Small Grants Program, and is a Think Tank Theatre and IUP Center for Digital Humanities and Culture production.

The project is part of the international events being organized this year and the next to mark the Livingstone bicentenary. The script for the work has been devised and directed by Professor Jeannie-Marie Brown. The script is based on the research of Adrian Wisnicki of the English Department, who also served as literary and historical advisor for the script.

Performance dates are December 6–8 at 8:00 p.m. in the Waller Hall Mainstage. Tickets are available at the door for $5.

This play contains adult content, issues, language, and situations to which some audience members may object. Not suitable for children.

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