Columbus to speak at the library
The Friends of the Jamestown Library recently announced that the speaker for their annual meeting will be the artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company, Curt Columbus.
The program will be held on Wednesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the library. A short business meeting will precede the program and the Friends want to extend an invitation to the entire community to meet Columbus.
Columbus joined Trinity Rep as artistic director in January 2006. He was the associate artistic director of Steppenwolf Theater Company from 20002005, where his translations of "The Cherry Orchard" and "Uncle Vanya" were presented in the Upstairs Theatre.
Other Steppenwolf credits include translating "Maria Arndt" and directing "The House of Lily," "Division Street: America," and "Our Town." He was also the artistic director of Chicago Park District's Theater on the Lake and an artistic associate at Victory Gardens Theater since 1990-2006. His adaptation of Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" with Marilyn Campbell, which was presented by the Gamm Theater and Writers' Theatre in Glencoe, Ill., was awarded a Joseph Jefferson Award for best new adaptation. Columbus' new translations of Anton Chekhov's plays, including a volume of translations called "Chekhov: The Four Major Plays," have been published by Ivan R. Dee. From that collection, Seagull premiered at Writers' Theatre in September 2004, and "Three Sisters" premiered at Strawdog Theatre in October 2005. Columbus has also been the director of University Theater at the University of Chicago, where he lectured in the humanities.
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.