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Insight Seminars: The Tragedy and Comedy of Life

Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 9:30am to 12:00pm

Knight Library, Browsing Room
1501 Kincaid Street, Eugene, OR

Drama illuminates what’s to laugh, cry and sigh about in retirement, or when the world gets you down. Plays from Sophocles to Steve Martin examine fate, family, and aging.

Drama—tragedy and comedy—provides stage directions for our experience of life’s stages. What did Oedipus learn from the Sphinx? We engage fierce and funny lifesaving wisdom on aging as we read examples of bravery, foolery, and panache in these and other plays and stage monologues:

  • Sophocles, “Oedipus the King,” in The Oedipus Cycle, trans. Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald (Mariner Press) 978-0156027649
  • Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman (Penguin) 978-0140481341
  • Tennessee Williams, Streetcar Named Desire (New Directions) 978-0811216029
  • Willy Russell, “Shirley Valentine,” in Plays (Samuel French) 978-0573031021
  • Peter Shaffer, Lettice and Lovage (Samuel French) 978-0573018237
  • Steve Martin, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. (Samuel French) 9780573695643
  • Barbara Mossberg, Sometimes the Woman in the Mirror Is Not You (Finishing Line Press) 978-1-62229-864-8
Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Seminar


Continuing and Professional Education

Target Audience

General Public



$120 general public; $95 OLLI Members


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