USAO Drama Department Honors Professor with Party Dec. 1
CHICKASHA – How does one honor an English professor of 40 years? With poetry, of course. Stuart Meltzer, faculty emeritus in languages and literature, is receiving a unique tribute in the form of “Mr. Flood’s Party,” a combination of live poetry reading, drama and discussion Dec. 1 at the University of Science and Arts.
Part performance, part party, the event is a production of the USAO drama department. Under the direction of Katie Davis, assistant professor of drama, the event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Hall Theatre.
“It's been wonderful to work with Stuart on this project,” Davis said. “His memories of a life at USAO are heartwarming, funny and educational.”
According to Davis, the event takes its title from a poem of the same name by three-time Pulitzer Prize winning writer Edwin Arlington Robinson. Throughout the evening, Meltzer will recite poetry by Robinson and American poet Edgar Lee Masters, with discussions and performances of Meltzer’s memories of life at USAO and Chickasha woven into the production.
The audience will gather on the stage to share the evening with Meltzer and friends.
“His interpretation of the poems is beautiful,” Davis said. “I hope that the stage will be filled with old friends – and those who will soon feel like old friends.”
A dessert reception follows at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, with donations benefiting the Stuart Meltzer English Scholarship Fund. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Meltzer received his bachelor of arts degree from Hunter College in Manhattan, followed by a master of arts degree from the University of North Carolina. He joined the faculty at USAO in 1968, where he now teaches English and foreign languages and advises unclassified students.
Each season, the USAO drama department features two full-length productions of published plays and a spring play festival featuring original student work. In addition, the department collaborates on musicals with the Chickasha Community Theatre, prepares special events for Alumni Homecoming and supports the Drama Club’s reader’s theatre series.
“We're looking for ways to expand the variety of performances that are available to the campus and community,” Davis said. “This is completely different than our recent work, and I think it will be an event we will want to repeat often, featuring other readers and other poets.”
Additional information about the program is available by phone at (405) 574-1310.