E2C: Don Carroll & JC Hallman
During the thirty years Donald Carroll has lived and worked as an attorney in Rome, Italy, he has been actively involved in the Anglo-American theatre community as actor, director and playwright. His full-length play, If Lear Had A Lawyer, enjoyed its premier run with the English Theatre of Rome in late 2017. The play’s origins began with Carroll’s article of the same title published in the Lincoln Center Theatre Review at the time of their 2004 production of King Lear. Carroll since has developed the role of the Fool as a newly minted lawyer who wrestles with the monarch’s edicts. While in Seaside, he will further contemporize his script to engage today’s audiences to consider the timeless questions of whether the rule of law is always just, whether power must corrupt and whether blind love can always be true. Carroll will screen a video trailer created for the play and present the script as narrator in a reading at The REP Theatre. The playwright will conduct an innovative workshop in writing contemporary poems in iambic pentameter for high school students.
J.C. Hallman of Brooklyn, NY is the author of several works of nonfiction that combine memoir, history, journalism, and travelogue. He has also published a collection of short stories and edited two anthologies of “creative criticism.” Hall’s numerous honors include a Pushcart Prize and a James Michener Fellowship. He is recipient of a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship in fiction, and a 2013 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in the general non-fiction category. While in Seaside, Hallman will develop his next book about the highly controversial “Father of Gynecology,” J. Marion Sims, an honor gained by his experimental surgeries on young slave women without anesthesia in an attempt to cure “obstetric fistula.” A previously forgotten slave, Anarca, was Sim’s thirtieth surgery which provided the breakthrough that launched his international acclaim. The Anarcha Quest: The Story of a Slave and a Surgeon is scheduled for publication in 2020. Hallman will present his exhaustive research and the materials that have enabled him to reconstruct the life of the young woman who changed medical history. He will teach a class in creative writing based on exploration of a 1915 James Agee essay.