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New seasons announced for Rollins theaters

Rollins College’s Annie Russell and Fred Stone theaters have announced their 2011-2012 seasons — the main-stage season at Annie Russell and student-directed and -produced shows at Fred Stone:

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Theater folks coming to speak at Rollins

There’s a string of theater people at work at Rollins in the next few months, and an actual bevy of them here in the next couple of weeks. All of them will be interacting with students and with the public — and my experience has been with Rollins visitors in the past has been that if you possibly can make it to hear these people, you should. All of the public events are free.

Let’s start with this weekend and move onward:

Critic/author Terry Teachout back at Rollins

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):

Playwright Arlene Hutton at Rollins

Playwright Arlene Hutton, whose play Letters to Sala will be presented Feb. 11-19 at Annie Russell Theatre, is at Rollins this week in preparation for that production.

She’ll talk about her play, and about the process of adapting a work from the page to the stage,  at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Annie Russell Theatre. Hutton is here as part of a series sponsored by the Winter Park Institute, which will look at women in the Holocaust.

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Winter Park Institute to stage “animated magazine”

Lots going on at the Winter Park Institute beginning Sunday, when former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout, former U.S. senator Mel Martinez and others will gather to re-create the Animated Magazine, a feature at Rollins from years long gone by.

In the days of Rollins College president Hamilton Holt, contributors read from their writings in front of an audience; the format began in 1927 and ran, in various guides, through the 1960s. Now the Institute is reviving the tradition as part of its mission to engage Rollins and the surrounding community.

The facts, ma’am:

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Another opening this weekend

One show that was left off my list yesterday: Playhouse Creatures, April De Angelis’ play about women in Restoration theater, being produced by Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins. Jennifer Cavenaugh directs.

Here are the details I’ve got:

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Marsha Norman on playwriting

Playwright Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother; Getting Out, the books for the musicals The Secret Garden and The Color Purple) was at Rollins College’s Annie Russell Theatre Friday morning to talk about working in the theater.

Norman is co-director (with Christopher Durang) of the playwriting program at the Juillard School in NY, where she’s been on the faculty since 1994. As a speaker, she’s funny and direct, and I got the feeling she’s probably a terrific teacher for aspiring playwrights. Here’s a little of what she had to say:

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Playwright Marsha Norman at Rollins Friday

Playwright Marsha Norman will be at Rollins Friday as part of the Winter Park Institute — participating on a panel on the arts and social responsibility and also talking about her life as a playwright. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and award-winning cartoonist and screenwriter Jules Feiffer also will be there.

Here are the essentials:

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Playwright Marsha Norman coming to Winter Park symposium

Playwright Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother, The Secret Garden) will be at Rollins later this month to talk about a topic that sounds provocative — the arts and social responsibility. She’ll be talking with cartoonist Jules Feiffer and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins on March 26.

Here’s a link to the flier — Symposium_3-3_highRES — and I’m sure I’ll have more information when the date gets closer.