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IUPUI artist-in-residence Tim Hardy will lecture on 'Theatre for the 21st Century'

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August 24, 2012

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Internationally acclaimed actor/director Tim Hardy will present a special lecture at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as the opening event of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute’s 2012-13 public lecture and performances series.

Hardy, a faculty member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and 2012 IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute artist-in-residence, will discuss the history and future of theater in “From Shakespeare to Shaw to Sondheim: Theatre for the 21st Century” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in the Basile Auditorium at Eskenazi Hall,735 W. New York St.

The event is free and open to the general public, but space is limited. To reserve seating, visit the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute website.


In the lecture, Hardy will look at the seemingly constant need for drama of one kind or another -- stories, theater, film, opera, literature. Concentrating principally on theater, he identifies how drama has changed through the centuries, reflecting the society it serves. By staying relevant to its audiences, theater still succeeds in “holding a mirror up to nature” in such a way that we can both recognize ourselves and be wonderfully surprised and informed, according to the actor’s premise.

As a professional actor since the mid-'60s, Hardy argues that if we don’t keep an ever-vigilant eye out for lazy, repetitive theatre -- and he offers examples -- if we don’t truthfully and completely re-invent the means whereby we would excite, inform and delight our audiences, then we are on the short route to what the great director Peter Brook calls "dead theatre."

The Sept. 6 lecture is co-sponsored by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and The New Oxford Shakespeare at IUPUI.

In addition to sponsoring Hardy as a guest lecturer, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute will present the actor performing "The Ancient Mariner" on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Crystal Terrace Ball Room at the Columbia club. Tickets can be purchased online

Based in London, Hardy has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and at prestigious theaters across the United Kingdom and Europe. A company member of Opera Music Theatre London, he has also performed in numerous operas and musical theater productions. He has narrated 300 television documentaries, including series for The Discovery Channel and The History Channel. Hardy’s extensive directing credits include "Romeo and Juliet," "Othello," "Twelfth Night," "Julius Caesar," "Twelve Angry Men," "The Crucible," "Gaslight," "Lady Windermere’s Fan," "The Seagull," "The Arcadians" and "The Doll’s House."

The IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, part of the Center for Research and Learning, is a new research institute. Its mission is two-fold. First, it exists to serve as a liaison between IUPUI and the greater Indianapolis community, supporting collaborations and running public programs such as lectures, performances and a film series. Secondly, it supports interdisciplinary faculty research and creative activity in the arts and humanities at IUPUI.

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