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Thunder River Theatre Company returns from Dartmouth College

Special to the Post Independent Thunder River Theatre Company artistic director Lon Winston and associate artist Valerie Haugen taught a course for the Classical Association of New England's Summer Institute at Dartmouth College. Students included a high school teacher, a doctor and the institute's director.
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Two valley thespians have returned from Hanover, N.H., after leading a summer class at Dartmouth College.

Thunder River Theatre Company artistic director Lon Winston and associate artist Valerie Haugen taught a course for the Classical Association of New England’s Summer Institute at Dartmouth College.

For the second year, Winston and Haugen were invited to the institute. Last year they taught a ritual theater class and gave the association banquet’s keynote address and a presentation based on TRTC’s “Greek Shards ” Medea.”



In July, Winston and Haugen taught the course “Aristophanes and Michael Moore: The Golden Boys of Art and Social Criticism.” The class, along with Winston and Haugen, developed a ritualistic “Fahrenheit” and presented it on the Dartmouth campus. The performance was at the college’s War Memorial, which honors Dartmouth graduates who died during World War I and World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The “Fahrenheit” raised the question of what people are willing to sacrifice so they may never add another Dartmouth student’s name to a war plaque.

Presentations and classes made up the majority of the institute, and professors and teachers enrolled in courses hail from all over the East Coast. Winston and Haugen are reworking the week-long course into an evening lecture and presentation for the Roaring Fork Valley.



For more information about TRTC and its new building

under construction in downtown Carbondale, visit

http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com.


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