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Feb 24, 2013
"The Memorandum"

Spring Production - Contemporary Satire

By Vaclav Havel Inspired by the absurdities of life in Eastern Europe under Communism, the play follows looks at an organization encumbered by a bureaucracy that is out of control. The introduction of an artificial language, "Ptydepe," is supposed to streamline office communications, but only makes it worse. Creation of ridiculous jobs, reversals in chain of command, one-up-man-ship, impossible bureaucratic protocols, constant surveillance by office spies, and the supreme importance of conformity to keep one's job make this a play people relate to all over the world.

The playwright, Vaclav Havel, became president of Czechoslovakia in 1989 and guided the country through its division into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993, when he became president of the Czech Republic.

NOTE: This play was selected due to the several connections that exist between Moravian and Havel. Moravian College has its roots in Czechoslavakia, where the Moravian Church was founded, and where John Amos Comenius--on whose educational philosophy the College is built--was born. In 1991, President Havel came to Moravian College to rededicate the statue of Comenius on Main Street. Additionally, Christopher Shorr, Director of Theatre at Moravian, who has a long-standing interest in Eastern European theatre, lived and worked in the Czech capitol of Prague during Havel's presidency. When Havel died at the end of 2011, the decision was made to include one of his plays at Moravian in the following season.
Time: 2:00 pm Location: Arena Theatre
Contact: Christopher Shorr 610-861-1489

Karl Stirner: Transformations - Works in Steel

Transformations - Works in Steel

A retrospective of the life work of 88-year-old sculptor Karl Stirner of Easton. Stirner's reputation in Lehigh Valley arts, especially in the city of Easton, is immense. There's even a section of the city named for him ? the Karl Stirner Arts Trail. The German-born Stirner started his art career at 23 as a professional drafter and then went on to teach at Tyler School of Art and Moore and Swarthmore colleges. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to name a few. Expect to see an exhibition of large- and medium-size steel sculptures and at least a dozen drawings.
 Location: Payne Gallery, Hurd Campus
Contact: Dave Leidich 610-653-5555

Student Ensemble - Moravian College Community Orchestra

featuring Lawrence Wright, trumpet
Donald Spieth, conductor

Faculty member Larry Wright will be the featured soloist on Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E flat Major. Also on the program is the world premier of student Ian Vogler's Soundscape for Orchestra. Rounding out the evening will be Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 1, and Mendelssohn's Music from Midsummer Night's Dream.
Time: 7:00 PM Location: Foy Concert Hall - Moravian College, Hurd Campus
Contact: Music Department 610-861-1650