Performer Brings Paleontology to Life at Keck Theater
Noted actor, playwright and performance artist Claudia Stevens will perform her postmodern musical “Blue Lias, or The Fish Lizard’s Whore” at Occidental’s Keck Theater on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.
Stevens’ fully staged production is a literary romp about controversial Victorian paleontologist Mary Anning. The play considers the interactions of science, religion and art. Her newest work, “Blue Lias” had its first reading in 2005 during Stevens’ artist residency at Cornell University, with its world premiere on March 25, 2007 at Rutgers University. The play is set in the present within an imaginary convention of scientists. Stevens brings to life Mary Anning, a colorful and unique figure of Victorian England, and Anning’s nemesis, clergyman and geologist William Buckland.
Claudia Stevens creates unique interdisciplinary pieces, now a body of a dozen plays, for her solo performance as musician-actor. Trained as a pianist, musicologist, conductor and composer, Stevens holds degrees from Vassar College, UC Berkeley and Boston University. She has held academic, conducting and performance positions at Williams College and the College of William and Mary, where she is an associate professor of piano.
Visit http://www.outtanowhere.com/bluelias/bluelias.html, to learn more about Claudia Stevens and the play’s subject, Mary Anning.
For more information, call the Occidental Music Department at (323) 259-2785.
The event is co-sponsored by the Occidental Music Department and the Remsen Bird Fund. The Remsen Bird fund provides support to student programming that engages the community in intellectual development within and beyond the classroom.
Keck Theater is located on the Occidental College campus, 1600 Campus Rd. Directions to the college and campus map can be found at www.oxy.edu/x119.xml.