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UGA Theatre's "Peas, Patelin, & Purgation" in Genoa, Italy


In July 2019, the UGA Theatre’s production of Peas, Pierre Patelin, and Purgation, or Three Farcical Arts of the Deal traveled to Genoa, Italy, for the sixteenth triennial colloquium of the Société Internationale pour l’Étude du Théâtre Médiéval. These three farces demonstrate the difficulties of living harmoniously with people when our needs conflict and negotiating with people who we don’t trust—problems as pressing now as they were when modern commerce and legal practice were taking shape in the late fifteenth century.

Director Marla Carlson and four student actors attended this weeklong conference and festival of medieval theatre, learning from subject area experts and observing other approaches to similar material. Performances by undergraduate Theatre majors Alexa Adcock, Kya Missick, and Savanah Hudson, and MFA acting student Brooke McCarthy, were enthusiastically received, and scholars took particular interest in the vocal music that doctoral student Elise Robinson compiled and arranged for the production. 

Dr. Carlson also presented her research on "Marginal Performances by Late-Medieval Pigs and Blind Men" for the colloquium.

Thanks to all who donated to the Georgia Funder campaign, and the Sylvia Hllyard Pannell Student Travel Grant and the Lucas2 Theatre Support Fund, for making made this tour possible!

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Emeritus Faculty, Caroline Reid Ridlehuber Professor of Theatre Arts, History and Theory Area Head

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