January 29th thru February 4th
In honor of playwright Wendy Wasserstein, Villanova University is presenting
several events between January 29 and February 4 that will highlight her
illustrious career. Wasserstein, who died at age 55 on January 30, 2006, was a
prolific author who wrote several stage plays, books, essays, screenplays, and a
novel. She won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in drama for The Heidi Chronicles.
“Remembering Wendy Wasserstein”
Connelly Cinema, 8 - 9:30pm
Guest speaker Heidi Ettinger, the Tony Award-winning set designer for Big River
and The Secret Garden, highlights this memorial program. A recipient of Obie,
Drama Desk and Outer Critic Awards, she has also designed sets for Dracula, the
Musical, Tom Sawyer, The Triumph of Love, Smokey Joe’s Café, and numerous other
In addition to Ms. Ettinger, the memorial features Villanova University Theatre
Department faculty and the members of the Villanova Student Theatre, who will
perform excerpts from selected plays. The program will further include clips of
Wasserstein’s film adaptations as well as readings from several of her essays.
The evening will be moderated by English professor Gail Ciociola, author of
Wendy Wasserstein: Dramatizing Women, Their Choices and Their Boundaries.
A reception in the cinema lobby will follow the program, which is free and open
to the public.
“Wendy Wasserstein: Screen Adaptations of Her Plays”
Bryn Mawr Film Institute,
7 - 9pm
In conjunction with Villanova University’s tribute to Wendy Wasserstein, the
Bryn Mawr Film Institute will feature a lecture with film excerpts from Dr. Gail
Ciociola as part of its Cinematheque Series.
Students with a Villanova University I.D. are admitted free.
The theatre is located at 824 W. Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr. For more
information call 610.527.9898 or visit the web site at
“Conversations: A Student and Faculty Forum on Wendy Wasserstein”
Library Lounge, 2.30 - 3.30pm
This informal session, open to everyone in or near the Villanova community, is
designed to nurture an informal dialogue among those who have felt a personal
connection to the works of Wendy Wasserstein or who have admired her plays for
their themes and portrayals of late 20th-century, American women.
Faculty members are encouraged to recommend this forum to students or to bring
their classes. The event is free. Food and refreshments will be provided.
January 29 & February 1
Staged Play Reading, Vasey 206, 8 PM
Faculty members from the Villanova University Theatre Department will present a
staged reading of a Wendy Wasserstein last play.
The event is free.
"Uncommon Women and Others"
St. Mary’s Auditorium, 8pm on February 2 and 3; 2pm on
The Villanova Student Theatre presents Wendy Wasserstein’s first major play,
Uncommon Women and Others. The work observes how college seniors, savvy to the
impact of the contemporary women’s movement, navigate the social terrain of
their lives as they consider graduate-school and career options.
Admission is $5 for students, $8 for adults.
Tribute to Wendy Wasserstein Committee and Sponsors