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Flying and Falling with Icarus

The Raven Foundation lifts off with Artistic Director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice) in this World Premiere Lookingglass Original. Using myth, visual metaphor, song and gravity-defying choreography, Icarus explores a father's need to have his child succeed, the psychological desire to take to the air, and the dizzying despair of falling.

Raven Founder Suzanne Ross and Sandor Goodhart, Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Purdue University and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Classical Studies, lead a post show discussion of this myth.

For more about the Icarus legend and the Lookingglass Theatre production, listen to director David Catlin and Raven founder Suzanne Ross discuss Icarus and its relevance to issues of present day parenting.

David Catlin has served as Director of Artistic Development, Lookingglass Studio teacher, Managing Director, and currently serves as Artistic Director. Directing credits include Lookingglass Alice, Metamorphosis, Her Name was Danger, The Idiot (Jeff Award), and Lookingglass Hamlet. As an actor he was recently seen in Our Town, Hard Times, Manuscript Found in Saragossa and Argonautika. His film work includes Since You've Been Gone for Lookingglass/Miramax and Humanoid with Dark Harbor Stories. David lives in Chicago with his wife Kerry and daughters Saylor and Emerson Finn.

Sandor Goodhart is a Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Purdue University and Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Classical Studies. He is the author of Sacrificing Commentary. Reading the End of Literature (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), Reading Stephen Sondheim (New York: Garland Publishing, 2000), For René Girard. Essays in Friendship and Truth, co-edited with J. Jørgenson, T. Ryba, and J. G. Williams (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2009), and Sacrifice and Scripture in Ancient Judaism and Christianity, co-edited with Ann Astell (South Bend: Notre Dame University Press, forthcoming). He teaches ancient Greek and modern drama, contemporary critical theory and philosophy, and the (Hebrew) Bible as Literature. He has long been associated with the work of René Girard, serving as the Executive Secretary of the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (formed around René Girard's work) from 1999 to 2003, and as President from 2003 to 2007.

Suzanne Ross is the author of two books – The Wicked Truth: When Good People Do Bad Things and The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire. In 2007, Ross co-founded the Raven Foundation with husband Keith. Based on the principles of mimetic theory, the foundation seeks to make religion reasonable, violence unthinkable and peace a possibility by challenging conventional wisdom and opening the door to new reasoning. Suzanne is a graduate of Bucknell University and a certified Montessori educator. She has extensive experience as a corporate training consultant, and is a former editor of the literary journal, StoryQuarterly. She is the former Director of Christian Education for a United Church of Christ congregation. As a member of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion, she has attended and presented at the annual conferences. Suzanne is a member of the Education Committee of Imitatio, Inc. She lives, works and plays golf with her husband Keith in Glenview, Illinois.


Recorded Saturday, January 23, 2010 at Lookingglass Theatre.

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