The Irish Studies Program of Immaculata University Presents Lecture on “The Abbey Theatre”
The fall programs in Irish Studies at Immaculata University open with a lecture by Nancy Raftery, adjunct professor of English at Camden County Community College, who will speak on "The Abbey Theatre: Then and Now," The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in room 127, Loyola Hall, on the University campus.
Ms. Raftery is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English. She earned a Master´s degree from Boston College with a concentration in Irish literature and culture, and she has been an intern with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Much of her scholarly work has focused on the early years of the Irish National Theatre, especially on the contributions of Lennox Robinson.
Ms. Raftery´s lecture will examine the circumstances surrounding the founding of the Abbey Theatre and the development of the theatre over the years, culminating in the recent centenary observances. She will look at four phases in the theatre history: the rise of realism; the Abbey´s search for its own identity; the modern Abbey Theatre; and the new Abbey emerging after the centenary.
The lecture is open to the public and reservations are not required. There is no fee; however, donations will be accepted for the Irish Studies Program at Immaculata.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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