Memories and Prophecies:The Continuing Theatrical Challenge of Yeats
James W. Flannery, the Director of the W. B. Yeats Foundation and the Winship Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities at Emory University will deliver a lecture on Yeats' legacy as a dramatist.
Twenty years after the Yeats International Theatre Festival ended its highly successful five year run at the Abbey Theatre, the place of Yeats within Irish theatre remains unsettled. Despite the views of critics that Yeats is "the most considerable verse dramatist in English since Shakespeare" (Eric Bentley),"the seminal force in modern Irish drama" (Christopher Murray) and "still Ireland's foremost avant garde playwright" (Fintan O'Toole), the dominant view of the average theatre-goer in Ireland is that Yeats is a great poet but a failed dramatist.
James Flannery, who served as the producer of the Yeats Festival and is both a distinguished Yeats scholar and stage director, in this lecture will provide an assessment of the Festival in light of its original goals. He will also address the manifold reasons for Yeats's alleged failure as a dramatist and what it would take to reverse those views. Among other things, he will point to the transformative effect that a sustained commitment to meeting Yeat's extraordinary dramatic vision could have upon Irish and world theater.
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