Special Upcoming Invisible Man Post-Show Conversations

by:  Sam Lasman at 01/16/2013

Given the depth and complexity of the themes explored in Invisible Man (both the novel and our currently running stage adaptation), we've invited local scholars who study Ellison, his work, and/or broader themes of African-American literature and identity to lend their voices to a few of our regular post-show conversations. On Saturday, January 12, Robin Bernstein, an Associate Professor of African and African American Studies and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, joined us following the 2pm performance. She brought keen perspectives on the representation of invisibility and the performance of black narratives to the conversation. Her most recent book, Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights, won the 2012 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Upcoming guests include:

  • Saturday, January 19, following the 2pm performance: Cynthia Young, Associate Professor of English and African and African Diaspora Studies at Boston College, teaches courses on race, film, and African American literature. She is the author of Soul Power: Culture, Radicalism and the Making of a U.S. Third World Left and has written widely on popular culture.
  • Sunday, January 20, following the 2pm performance: Theo Theoharis, an Associate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, teaches a course on the cultural politics of Invisible Man. Professor Theoharis has published books on authors as disparate as Ibsen, Joyce, and Cavafy.
  • Saturday, January 26, following the 2pm performance: Sandy Alexandre, an associate professor of American literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the author of The Properties of Violence  (2012), which explores the connections between various representational forms of lynching and the issue of black dispossession. She is conducting research for her second book, trying to determine if slavery's discourse of black “thinghood” — as chattel, cargo, etc. — informs representations of black people’s relationship to material objects. She also has published several scholarly articles.
  • Saturday, February 2, following the 2pm performance: Glenda Carpio is a professor of African and African American Studies and English at Harvard University. Her book, Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. She is currently working on a book on immigration, expatriation, and exile in American literature. Professor Carpio also recently co-edited African American Literary Studies: New Texts, New Approaches, New Challenges (2011) with Professor Werner Sollors.

We hope you'll join us for one of these special conversations. If you've already seen Invisible Man, let us know what themes you left the theatre thinking about.


  1. I spend a serious anomut of time catching shows and hitting after parties. I can honestly say that Huntington has one of the best programs in town (and they don't pay me to say that). You can count on some interesting theater, then the after party could stand on it's own as a good time. Throw em together and you've got a pretty serious night out. Congrats to all the folks who make 35 Below happen. We could use more programs like this.Graham
  2. to sink it hard, however, can not always have the grip sinking wandering soul; how many people floating lifeless, loss of conscience in officialdom in the property, the "Man's nature is good," the true meaning strangles, devoid! Nan said: "Reading the history of three thousand years, nothing more than fame and fortune, nine miles enlightenment, is always pastoral poetry and wine." House is nothing more than another big body capacity Seoul five feet, more luxurious car, but also a means of transport. And, lined with tall buildings block who look exactly Castle sight? A dusty haze in the end who had dyed a healthy body? Luxurious life, we "read" to what? Abandoned villages, we "see" what was the reason? The future, can allow you and I give up luxury, away from the hubbub, like a mountain stream, as guardian, silent love, loving flowers waiting for a quiet beauty, ecological plot together better living environment? If you can, please promise me, like a river clean watch lovingly mountains, grass smoothie like that, simple quiet life, tranquil forward; natural seeding in a calm Ning Wen Wanqing, Shizumori cloud water, the equanimity, I let you freely in the blue sky breathing, totem! Spring deep place I do not know, a touch long stream flow. Screenshot touch of sweet flowers, willing gorgeous bloom in nature, so tempting arms brilliant mind, Xu Li Kangan gas in the new body, long far Ju a handful of clear streams warm heart, the inhaled gas exhaled;. A Species thread spring in mind, let love in Life is a never-ending journey through some wonderful, some rough Ke Hum, and my life, flying all the way! While not exciting, memorable enough! People are yearning for a meteoric rise, meteoric rise in life, do you not know the way eloquent, I love you Shannon is also a supreme level. And my life is so! Even if not beautiful and seductive, but the way of atmosphere, the scenery along the way is enough to make you enjoy endless. While not asking for the moon, though not into the sky, while the middle part of twists and turns, bustling, too adorable! This life, it was jealousy, it was envy. Jealous of my life is so cheerful! I envy the pace is so fly Jian! My life, flying all the way! To say is fate! It goes well, but also crooked; it twists and turns, they still flew quickly. Midway There are many memorials, villain obstruction, there are corrupt resistance. Suffering does not exclude these, how you can travel on the sea? How flying all the way? For me the bottom of a people, be quick degrees, can be described as lucky! Although I did not complete the last mission now, because travel is not over yet. I'm still on the road flew, I still wander the landscape. In fact, the twists and turns of life is not a kind of beauty? People say, infinite in the awesome scenery! I think this is a kind of aesthetic realm! Mediocre is not beautiful life. Only bitter, tired, it felt sweet life. I believe, at the end of life, it is when I the beautiful scenery. At that time, when is my glory. I would like to contaminated dust on the road and are willing to enjoy the scenery on the way. At least there are simple ideas, have experience in the struggle. We do not undergo soil, how to know human suffering? Do not experience the experience along the way, it turns out the world's dangerous? Jing spine through the ups and downs, to get genuine talent they need to get the right position they need. Therefore, the twists and turns for me, is a great beauty in life, life is a wonderful story. There is the life story of a perfect life! Flying life is largely a qualitative leap! Leap, is progress. And I was to survive the leap in progress in the front row. Midway mantis, bugs, ants, cinch! Great risk, of course, need to adjust, need to integrate. As you know, the

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