Students to perform with Booker Prize-winning author

This article was written by Hatchet Reporter Shaeera Tariq.

A fusion of literature, drama and song on Friday night will feature Booker Prize-winning author, Margaret Atwood and several GW students as they dramatically perform select scenes from her newest novel, “The Year of the Flood.”

Margaret Atwood. Photo courtesy of Lisner Auditorium.
Margaret Atwood. Photo courtesy of Lisner Auditorium.

Seniors Emily Anderson, Andrew Holbrook and Emily Murphy are rehearsing for this performance under the direction of professor Jodi Kanter from the Department of Theatre and Dance.

“The idea that I’m going to meet and read with Margaret Atwood is absurd,” Anderson said.

Anderson is particularly excited because as an English major, she always hoped to meet Atwood, especially after reading “Handmaid’s Tale” in eighth grade.

“At the same time though, I still have these nagging worries of screwing up her piece” said Anderson. “I don’t want her to remember me as the girl who was terrible at reading and acting simultaneously.”

The students were chosen by Kanter due to their previous work with her in the theatre and dance department.

“We have all worked with Jodi before in various capacities, but I think we’re all flattered she picked us,” said Anderson.

“I can already sense the complexity of the characters,” Holbrook said. “It has been an exciting experience playing a character with little to no prior knowledge of the characters.”

His favorite experience has been the ability to use Atwood’s words to convert them into movements.

“I have the chance to read Atwood’s work out loud not only in front of her but with her,” he said.

The reading will also feature songs by the University Singers.

“The piece is quite interesting,” said Murphy. “I am incredibly excited for it.”

The reading will be Friday, Oct. 30 at the Lisner Auditorium. Tickets are still available for students, alumni and the general public. Contact the Lisner Box Office, TicketMaster or PhoneCharge for more information.

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