Coastal Carolina University's Department of
Theater will attempt
something a little different for its next offering. From Wednesday,
April 18 to Sunday, April 22, Coastal will present "A Festival of the
Avant-garde," featuring drama, dance, art, music, lectures and more.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students under the age of 18. One ticket is
good for all events. Coastal students, faculty and staff are admitted
Sandi Shackelford, chair of the Department of Theater and co-
creator of the event, calls the four-day festival "a celebration of the
off-beat, the cutting edge, the lunatic fringe, the alternative and
experimental of the 20th century." The festival will present both a
historical homage to the 20th-century avant-garde – represented by
short works by playwrights Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Megan
Terry, among others – and a sampling of new original work by Coastal
students, faculty and community members.
The festival kicks off Wednesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. in
Wheelwright Auditorium with a talk by Hercule Vandergrift of the
Universite de Kafkasel in Belgium titled "Defining Avant-garde."
Performances follow in Wheelwright Auditorium.
Harry Miller, professor emeritus at the University of South
Carolina, will deliver the festival's keynote address, "Art Today –
What is it?" on Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium.
Teresa Burns, assistant professor of chemistry and physics at Coastal,
will give a talk titled "Einstein Naked: Relativity Revealed" following
the keynote address.
Mladen Milicevic, a composer of film music and professor of music
at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, will speak on "Avant-
garde Thinking about Music: Making Sense of Sound" Saturday, April 21
at 4 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium. Performances follow.
For more information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 349-