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November 13, 2014


Offered in Conjunction with the PlayMakers Repertory Company production of Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods

Following the success of last spring’s Table Talk, we are excited to collaborate with PlayMakers this fall to offer an evening of great food, wine, and even better conversation. Scholars and artists will offer short prompts on themes in Sondheim’s musical, Into the Woods, set in magical fairy tale woods. Guided discussions over a four-course meal will be interspersed with cast appearances. There is only one rule to follow during the evening: after informal introductions, we challenge all guests to stay on topic! This will be an event unlike any we’ve offered, so come and join in a night of reflection and dialogue on fairy tales, the meaning of the wilderness, magic, and producing the musical.

Speakers & Topics
Poet Maureen Sherbondy on reimaging fairy tales in the 21st century, featuring a reading from her latest collection, Beyond Fairy Tales: Poems in Concrete & Flesh

Jay M. Smith, Professor of History, on the role of the mysterious woods and monsters in European history

Randall G. Styers, Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, on magic and its appeal

Joseph Haj, Producing Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company and Director of Into the Woods, on producing the play

Time & Cost
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014. The fee for this special event is $80.00.  Click here to register.

This event will take place at the Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center at Meadowmont, 150 DuBose Home Lane, Chapel Hill.

Proposed Menu
Chicken and Waffles

Brie and Pecan Grilled Cheese w/Apple Butter


Entrée (select one):
French Cut Chicken Breast, Artichoke and Niçoise Olive Tapenade with Natural Pan Jus

Seared Salmon, Picked Daikon Radish Salad, Port and Soy Nage

Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Fava Bean Shepard’s Pie

Chocolate Ganache and Hazelnut Tart with Hazelnut Brittle

Red: Concannon “Select Series” Cabernet Sauvignon, California

White: Concannon “Select Series” Chardonnay