The 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies - Kalamazoo

ICMS - Kalamazoo

MRDS Sponsored Sessions

New Approaches to Performance Practice: Process, Theory, Technique
Friday, May 9, 3:30 p.m. Session 293. Schneider 1120.
Organizer: Carolyn Coulson, Shenandoah Univ.
Presider: Carolyn Coulson

“Who is that pypys so poore?”: Adapting Medieval Drama for Modern Undergraduates

Bernard Lewis, Murray State Univ.

Relearning the Text through Performance Using Rowley’s Birth of Merlin

J. Case Tompkins, Purdue Univ.

Observations from an Accidental Experiment in Reconstructed Performance Conditions

Michelle Markey Butler, Univ. of Maryland

Cognitive Theatricality: Jongleuresque Imagination on the Early Spanish Stage

Bruce R. Burningham, Illinois State Univ.

Amateurs and Compensation in Medieval Performance and Revival

Matthew Sergi, Univ. of Toronto


The Mystery of Saint Veronica (A Performance and Valley I Post-Show Panel Discussion)

Saturday, May 10, 8:00p.m. Valley I, Ackley 106 

Organizer: Lofton L. Durham, Western Michigan Univ.

Presider: Carolyn Coulson, Shenandoah Univ.


The Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society, in collaboration with the WMU Department of Theatre, 154 Saturday evening presents a contemporary staging of an English translation of a medieval French play, the Mystère de sainte Venice (The Mystery of Saint Veronica). Enjoy the performance and stay for a post-show panel discussion featuring director and translator Lofton L. Durham, the performers, and MRDS respondent Carolyn Coulson, who will discuss issues ranging from text selection, translation issues, rehearsal process, and audience impact.



Sunday, May 11, 8:30a.m. Session 521. Bernhard 158.

Organizer: Susannah Crowder, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Presider: Susannah Crowder

Moving Bodies, Invisible Threats: The Last Judgment as Affective Fact

Jill Stevenson, Marymount Manhattan College

Preaching Rhetorical Invention: Poeta and Paul in the Digby Conversion of Saint Paul

Ann Hubert, Univ. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

Gendered Movement and European History in the Digby Mary Magdalen

April M. Graham, Rutgers Univ.



Staging Disability in Medieval Drama  

Sunday, May 11, 10:30a.m. Session 558. Bernhard 158.

Organizer: Cameron Hunt McNabb, Southeastern Univ.

Presider: Cameron Hunt McNabb

“I stumbled when I saw”: Blindness and Genre on the Early English Stage

Joe Ricke, Taylor Univ.

“But I see all these people here!”: Portraying Diminished Sight in the Middle Dutch Farce Lippijn

Mandy Lowell, Cornell Univ.

The View from Zacchaeus’s Sycamore: Perspectives on Disability in the Medieval English Biblical Plays

Joshua R. Eyler, Rice Univ.