Each year, the Text and Community Program conducts a semester-long project at George Mason University that seeks to foster exchanges across disciplines and interpretations of a text from multiple perspectives. For the spring 1999 semester, the Text and Community Program will be hosting a series of events centered around fairy tales, and you are invited to participate in all of these upcoming activities.
February 17
Brown Bag Discussion

February 25 - 27
Ever After
Thursday, February 25, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Friday, February 26, 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 8 p.m.
Johnson Center Cinema
This new film, which retells the Cinderella fairy tale, stars Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. Take a look at some of the reviews for this movie.

March 8
Workshop on Performance by Jeff Thaiss
This workshop will offer students and faculty the opportunity to acquire instruction and some practice in personae from the fairy tales they are reading this semester. Jeff will experiment with voice, movement, gesture, and gender to make these characters come alive in COMPLEX AND COMPELLING WAYS.

March 24
English 325: Margaret Yocom, Speaker
Enterprise Hall, Room 80
5:55 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.
"Peekholes, Marauding Wolves, and Bloody Body Parts in Tales for Children and the Home (1812): What were the Grimm Brothers thinking of?"

  March 24 - April 11
Grimm Tales
Production by Theater of the First Amendment
Adapted by Carol Ann Duffy

It's a magical, musical, marvelous collection of stories from the Brothers Grimm titled (surprise!) Grimm Tales. Carol Ann Duffy and the exciting New Vic Company from London originated this wonderful look into a world of hope and fear, doubt, and certainty.

Because of the large response, no more requests will be accepted from faculty members for a block of seats. Students should pick up their free tickets at the Center for the Arts Box Office during the first week of classes. For more ticket information, check out the Center for the Arts Student Tickets page

April 7
Fairy Tale Writing Competition Deadline
Rewrite one of the tales from the Grimm Brothers' collection. Create prose, poetry, or a drama that has been influenced by the plot, characters, symbols or any other distinct feature of one or more of the Grimms' tales. For details on the competition, see these submission requirements and prize listings.

April 8
Storytelling by Susan Gordon
West Lounge, Johnson Center

April 20
Poetry and Fiction Reading
(influenced by fairy tales)
University Bookstore, 8 p.m.

Any questions can be posed electronically to members of the Text and Community Committee: Lorraine Brown (lbrown@gmu.edu) or Margaret Yocom (myocom@gmu.edu).

To read more about fairy tales, take a look at the selected annotated bibliography compiled by Margaret Yocom on the Brothers Grimm and their Tales or start your research online with our compilation of fairy tale links.