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Roundtable Topics for Provincetown Centennial Conference, July 9-12, 2015

International Susan Glaspell Society and Eugene O’Neill Society

Roundtables are being offered instead of panels in order to enable as many participants as possible to attend. Participants will present a 5-15 minute talk on their topic (depending upon the size of the group), then group discussion will be encouraged.  All of the Roundtables feature biographical / textual topics for discussion – that is, they encourage examination of the many ways in which the lives of the Provincetowners affected and inspired their works. It is to be hoped that these Roundtables will encourage a stimulating exchange of ideas among us and inspire new scholarship in the future.


Send your title and a brief description of your topic to the appropriate Chair by May 1, 2015.


1) "Intertextualities in Works by Women Playwrights of the Provincetown Players"

The Provincetown Players spent many hours together on the dunes, drinking and talking, and the cross-influences of their discussions can be seen in their plays. They also used their own, and one another’s, love affairs and experiences as the subject matter of their writing, often at the risk of offending their friends. This panel will look at the interaction -- friendships, jealousies, and enmities -- between the Provincetown women and how it affected their lives and transpired in their writing.

Chair: Martha C. Carpentier, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


2) “Jig, Susan, and Gene: The Triumvirate that Shaped the Provincetown Players”

What were the mutual influences and inspirations among and between these three? Panelists could reassess Jig Cook’s contribution to the founding of the Players; revisit iconic moments such as the “discovery” of Eugene O’Neill or the break-up of the Players; analyze textual cross currents between Glaspell and O’Neill; discuss theoretical similarities and/or differences; and finally, assess their contributions to the history of the Players and modern American and international drama and theatre practices.

Chair Linda Ben-Zvi, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it