The Drama of the Dram: A Play Reading on March 25
The spring schedule of public lectures and performances begins on Tuesday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m. with The Drama of the Dram: A Play Reading & Discussion.
This program will be held at the Hanover Theater, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester. The reading will feature professional actors reading selections from the nineteenth-century melodrama The Drunkard, interspersed with discussions about the play’s importance in American culture and attitudes about substance abuse past and present. Thomas Augst, associate professor of English at New York University, and Jim McKenna, vice president of Marketing and Development at AdCare Hospital, will lead the discussions. The temperance play The Drunkard, or The Fallen Saved by William H. Smith was written in 1844 and quickly became one of the most popular plays of the nineteenth century. It was particularly famous for its on-stage depiction of the delirium tremens. While largely forgotten today, this work continues to influence our perceptions and imaginings about substance abuse and recovery.
This program is presented in partnership with the Hanover Theatre All Access Lyceum Series and is sponsored by Adcare
Cost: $10 for the general public, free for Hanover and AAS members
Reserve tickets by calling: 508-471-1781