February 20, 2009
British Theater Veteran To Lecture March 2,3
Samford Visiting Artist Jason Barnes, formerly Production Manager of London’s National Theatre will be on campus Feb. 23 through March 3. He will assist in the final stages of the Theatre Department’s production of The Glass Menagerie (Feb. 26 - March 1) and share insights from his many decades of European theatrical experience.
On the evenings of March 2 and 3, Barnes will be in Samford’s Benjamin F. Harrison Theatre for two illustrated and informal chats. Monday’s session will concern the the audience/stage relationship as seen in London’s Cottesloe Theatre. Tuesday night’s session will explore the 1997 transfer of the National Theatre’s production of King Lear to “found spaces” in Greece and Istanbul.
Both sessions will begin at 7 p.m. and last about an hour, with additional time for questions. The lectures are free of charge and open to the public.
Barnes is an expert in many aspects of theater, especially design and technical production and the world of European theater. He has worked with the National Theatre since the mid 1970s, collaborating on many world-premier productions. Since 1992 Barnes also has aided Samford’s Theatre Department faculty and students teaching and studying in London.