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Sally Greene and David Hammond discuss The Edward Tales

Sally Greene and David Hammond discuss Elizabeth Spencer’s The Edward Tales

Event Date:

October 9, 2022

Event Time:

2:00 pm

Elizabeth Spencer (1921-2019), award-winning author of The Light in the Piazza, dozens of other short stories, and nine novels, is best known for her talent in rendering the inner lives of restless, searching southern women. Yet one mercurial male character, Edward Glenn, insisted on returning to her pages. Speaking of Edward in unusually personal terms, Spencer admitted a strong attraction to his type: the elusive, intelligent southern man, “maybe an unresolved part of my psyche.” In The Edward Tales, Sally Greene brings together the four narratives in which Edward figures: the play “For Lease or Sale” (1989) and three short stories. The collection allows readers to observe Spencer’s evolving style while offering glimpses of the moral reasoning that lies at the heart of all her work. Greene’s critical introduction helpfully places these narratives within the context of Spencer’s accomplished six-decade career. For this event, Greene will be joined by David Hammond, artistic director emeritus of UNC’s PlayMakers’ Repertory Company. Hammond’s collaboration with Spencer on crafting and producing the play evolved into a lasting friendship.

Sally Greene blends a career of public service with her vocation as a scholar, primarily of twentieth-century women’s literature. The Edward Tales is her second edited collection. A collection of essays, Virginia Woolf: Reading the Renaissance, was published in 1999 by the Ohio University Press. Her essays on Spencer, Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and others have appeared in Twentieth Century Literature, Studies in the Novel, Southern Quarterly, Mississippi Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her public scholarship on issues pertaining to slavery, race, and historical memory in North Carolina has appeared in Southern Cultures, North Carolina Law Review, American Scholar, and elsewhere. She holds a J.D. from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 2022 election cycle, she is unopposed for a second term on the Orange County Board of Commissioners.

David Hammond is Artistic Director Emeritus of PlayMakers Repertory Company and a former resident director for the American Conservatory Theater and the Yale Repertory Theatre. He has directed productions for the Roundabout Theater and the American Repertory Theater and for Uruguay’s Comedia Nacional, Teatro Alianza, Telon Rojo, and Institucion Teatral El Galpon. He has coached productions or conducted workshops for the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Denver Center Theatre Company, and the Atlantic Theatre Company and has staged operas for the San Francisco Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Carmel Bach Festival. He has taught at the Juilliard School, the American Conservatory Theatre, the Yale School of Drama, the New York University Graduate Acting Program, and the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Guilford College.

Event Schedule Details

  • October 9, 2022
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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