A Presentation of the English Department's William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series.
Dr. Gary Konas, English Department faculty member, will initiate the English Department's 2012-2013 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series with a presentation entitled "The Bipolar Expedition: next to normal and Its Abnormal Path to the Pulitzer Prize." The colloquium will showcase next to normal, a relatively small, low-budget Broadway musical centered around a housewife with a mental disorder, which seemed a most unlikely candidate to win the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Dr. Konas will discuss the show's score, the issues raised, its creators, and its innovative marketing to understand how next to normal became a hit, touching audience members deeply and winning America's highest literary prize. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 21th, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-8295.