Last Chance! World Premiere Performance of Witty Romantic Comedy, Honoring Otelia Cromwell

Start the week on the right foot by securing a seat for "The Inn at Lake Devine" on Wednesday, October 14, at 7:15 pm.

Author and former Smith professor Elinor Lipman has been called "the diva of dialogue" (People) and "the last urbane romantic" (Chicago Tribune). In this world premiere of her novel of the same name adapted by and starring Jake Lipman '00 (no relation), audience members are transported back to Spring 1964, where they meet 14-year-old Natalie Marx. When Natalie's mother inquires about a summer resort in Vermont and is told by the Inn proprietor Ingrid Berry that the "guests who feel most comfortable here are Gentiles," it triggers a series of questions about identity, ethnicity and place - questions that continue for her as she becomes an adult. And as fate would have it, this is not her last encounter with Ingrid Berry. This "witty romantic comedy" covers a range of topics, including "Anti-Semitism, intermarriage, ethnic cuisine and Anne Frank."

Following the performance, Elinor and Jake Lipman participate in an exclusive talk back on tackling serious subjects with humor and how the story caught Jake's attention as Producing Artistic Director of Tongue in Cheek Theater. Elinor Lipman's writing was recently featured in a New York Times 
Modern Love column.

On Sunday, October 18, at 3:00 pm we continue to explore issues of identity and exclusion with an afternoon dedicated to Dialogue and Reflections on Otelia Cromwell, the first African-American graduate of Smith, graduating in 1900.  The discussion will be led by Professor Paula Giddings, Africana Studies E.A. Woodson 1922 Professor, and Professor Riche Barnes, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies.

World Premiere of "The Inn at Lake Devine" with Exclusive Talk Back
Wednesday, 10/14/15 at 7:15pm
Author Elinor Lipman, 2011-12 Elizabeth Drew Professor of English, & Jake Lipman '00, adapter and star.

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Dialogue and Reflections on Otelia Cromwell, Class of 1900 with special guests,
Sunday, 10/18/15 at 3:00pm
Professor Paula Giddings, Africana Studies E.A. Woodson 1922 Professor, and Professor Riché Barnes, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

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