Performance Artist, Yale Professor Deb Margolin Performs at W&L
Deb Margolin, playwright, performance artist and Yale University professor of theater studies, will perform her most recent play about the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy of 1991 on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater.
The title of the performance, which is free and open to the public, is “GOOD MORNING ANITA HILL ITS GINNI THOMAS I JUST WANTED TO REACH ACROSS THE AIRWAVES AND THE YEARS AND ASK YOU TO CONSIDER SOMETHING I WOULD LOVE YOU TO CONSIDER AN APOLOGY SOMETIME AND SOME FULL EXPLANATION OF WHY YOU DID WHAT YOU DID WITH MY HUSBAND SO GIVE IT SOME THOUGHT AND CERTAINLY PRAY ABOUT THIS AND COME TO UNDERSTAND WHY YOU DID WHAT YOU DID OK HAVE A GOOD DAY.”
Margolin, also a founding member of Split Britches Theater Company and member of the New Dramatists, is the author of eight full-length solo performance pieces which she has toured throughout the United States She also is the author of numerous plays.
She is the recipient of a 1999-2000 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance and the Kesselring Playwriting Award for her play Three Seconds in the Key in 2005. In 2007, she traveled on a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to the University of Tel Aviv to present her play Critical Mass, in a Hebrew translation.
Margolin has received commissions from the Jewish Museum of New York, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, and the Actor’s Theater of Louisville, among other theaters. She has lectured extensively at universities throughout the country. Margolin was artist in residence at Hampshire College and the University of Hawaii and was the Zale writer-in-residence at Tulane University. In fall 2000, she served as artist in residence in New York University’s Department of Undergraduate Drama.
She was awarded the 2005 Richard H. Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence at Yale University, and had the honor this year of accepting the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright award. A compilation of Margolin’s performance pieces and plays, entitled “Of All The Nerve: Deb Margolin SOLO,” was published in 1999 by Cassell/Continuum Press.
The W&L performance is sponsored by the Glasgow Endowment and the Women’s and Gender Studies program.