Monday, March 26, 2018
It's 1942, and two of Hollywood's biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel—assistants, luggage, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance...that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the '30s and '40s.
Directed by Max Fine '21, the cast includes Mimi Thompson '21 (Claudia), Claudia Taylor ' 21 (Athena), Henry Minervini ' 19 (Pippet), Shanil Verjee ' 21 (Murphy), Namrata Dev (Ninu)' 19 (Dora), Maureen Gill POM' 18 (Mrs. Osgood), Brian Williams ' 21 (Dunlap), Timothy Song '19 (Otis), and Evan Boyer '19 (Francis).
Inspired to become a scholar by sources that some might deem less than lofty, Amanda Vickery, professor of early modern history at Queen Mary University of London, was drawn to historical novels, the stories of her great aunts, and the glamour of the Tudor monarchy as presented on television. Coming full circle, Vickery now writes well-received historical TV and radio programs for the BBC, including At Home with the Georgians and The Many Lovers of Miss Jane Austen. Interweaving clips from her work, Vickery will discuss how the demands of the medium structure the delivery of history on television, the context within which academic historians work, and the pleasures and pitfalls of translating historical research onto the screen for a mass audience.
Amanda Vickery is professor of early modern history at Queen Mary, University of London, and has held academic posts at Royal Holloway, University of London and Churchill College, Cambridge. She has been visiting professor at Stanford, Munich, and the California Institute of Technology. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala. She is winner of the Longman History Today prize, the Whitfield Prize and the Wolfson History Prize. Her academic interests encompass the late modern period from the seventeenth century to the present with a strong emphasis on the Georgian period in England.
Vickery is a regular contributor to arts, history, and cultural review programs broadcast by BBC Radio and television and has written extensively on social history, literature, the history of romance and the home, politics, law and crime with an emphasis on women's studies and feminism.