Writer Terry Teachout, theater critic for the Wall Street Journal and author of the best-selling biography Pops, about Louis Armstrong, is back at Rollins College this month as part of the Winter Park Institute.
He’s already presented one program (the e-mail notice went out late) but has two more in store. Here they are (and theater fans may want to note that local actor Dennis Neal appears in the second of these programs):
- Making an Opera: 7 p.m. Jan. 25, Tiedtke Concert Hall, Keene Hall, Rollins College. The Letter, an opera by Teachout and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec based on Somerset Maugham’s 1927 play, premiered in 2009 at the Santa Fe Opera. Now the two are collaborating on Danse Russe, a comedy about the creation of The Rite of Spring, which will premiere in spring 2011 in collaboration with the Rollins music department. Teachout presents a sneak preview and talks about the challenge of writing his first original opera libretto.
- Turning a Life Into a Play: 7 p.m. Feb. 1, Bush Auditorium, Bush Science Center, Rollins College. Teachout started writing his first play, a one-man show based on Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, during his 2010 visit to the Winter Park Institute. Now Satchmo at the Waldorf is moving toward its first commercial production. In collaboration with the Rollins theater department, Teachout will present the first public performance of staged excerpts from this first production and talk about transforming a best-selling bio into a one-man play.