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Nov 08 - 18, 2012


Following the 8PM performance on SAT, NOV 10
Blown away by the Whistlers’ aerial work? Join aerial silks instructor and Whistler consultant Jill Maio after the performance to learn more about the shaping and re-shaping of the aerial elements in Tales from Ovid. Jill will demonstrate how the silks work has changed as the cast has gained in skill since the production’s premiere in 2010.

Jill Maio is the founder and director of AirCraft Aerial Arts. Jill is a veteran performer and teacher of aerial acrobatics in the U.S. and in Europe, as well as a fiction writer and university instructor (most recently at Boston University).  Before her return to the Boston area in 2008, she was teaching and performing Philly-style, with the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.


Following the 8PM FRI, NOV 09 performances in the Randall Lobby
Join members of the cast in the Randall lobby following Friday evening performances on NOV 09 for drinks and discussion! Cash bar.

Scholah Holla

Following the 2PM performance on SUN, NOV 11
Whistler in the Dark’s Scholah Holla Project exists to create an opportunity for young scholars to share their knowledge with the general public in the context of academic response panels connected to specific productions. We hope to create closer artistic and intellectual ties between scholars, artists, and audience members. Panels consist of junior faculty members, recent PhDs, and advanced doctoral candidates from a diverse range of subject areas relating to our productions.

The panel for Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid will take place shortly after the matinee performance on Sunday, November 11th. The format breaks the symposium into three phases: first, a moderated discussion between the panelists about the play; then, a discussion with cast and production staff members (those who care to join us); and finally, opening up to the audience for further discussion.

About the Panelists:

Sophie Klein (Scholah Holla Panelist) is a doctoral candidate in Classical Studies at Boston University. She is currently working on her dissertation, which investigates dramatic and social performance in Horace’s Sermones, under the direction of Professor Patricia Johnson. Her main research interests include Latin poetry, especially lyric and satire, Roman comedy, Greek drama and mythology. Sophie also works on topics in the classical tradition. She is especially interested in the ways in which ancient characters and themes reappear in modern dramatic genres. In addition to her academic research, Sophie has written several plays inspired by classical literature. Her most recent full-length play, The Spitting Image, was a finalist for the 2009 Arthur W. Stone New Play Award. It was produced in New York City (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), in Boston (Happy Medium Theatre) and most recently in Mystic, Connecticut (Emerson Theatre Collaborative). It also received staged readings at the 35th Comparative Drama Conference in Los Angeles and at Stony Brook University in New York. Sophie received her BA in Classics from Brown University. She also holds an MS in Advertising and an MA in Classical Studies, both from Boston University.

Meron Langsner, PhD (Scholah Holla Panel Moderator) is an Artistic Associate of Whistler in the Dark Theatre and curator of the Scholah Holla Project, and also served as the Violence Consultant for this production.  His scholarly articles and reviews have been published by McFarland, Puppetry International, New England Theatre Journal, The Journal of Asian Martial Arts and other imprints.  Dr. Langsner has presented his research and given guest lectures and workshops at major academic conferences around the U.S. and Canada, as well as at venues such as Cabinet gallery in NYC, the Bank of America PIC program, and numerous academic settings.  He has taught at Emerson, Boston University and Tufts (where he received the award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education).  He was one of three playwrights selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Writer Residencies. His work has been performed around the country and overseas, and publishers include Smith & Kraus, Applause Theatre Books and YouthPLAYS. Dr. Langsner has fight directed for the American Repertory Theater, Merrimack Rep, New Rep, Stoneham Theatre, Lyric Stage Company and of course for numerous productions with Whistler in the Dark.  He holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis and a PhD in Theatre History from Tufts University. Dr. Langsner sits on the Executive Board of The Small Theatre Alliance of Boston.  More at www.MeronLangsner.com

Carolyn Salvi, PhD (Scholah Holla Panelist) recently published an essay on “Krank’s Dream: Epistemolgy, Aesthetics, and Ideology in The City of Lost Children” in Lost and Othered Children In Contemporary Cinema (Lexington).  She has presented her collaborative research nationally at the American Academy of Religion conference, and regionally at the Tufts English Graduate Organization (TEGO) conference. She has also served as an organizer for the TEGO conference and the Boston area Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies conference. She has taught at Tufts and Bentley Universities and currently teaches in the Women's Studies program at Suffolk University. Dr. Salvi was a member of the highest level of Boston Ballet's professional training division and spent a year as an apprentice at Colorado Ballet. She currently dances in the Central Square area and volunteers as the work-study coordinator for Green Street Studios. She holds an MA and PhD in English from Tufts University.

Matthew Sergi, PhD (Scholah Holla Panelist) is an Assistant Professor of English at Wellesley College, where his research and teaching center on pre-modern English text in performance, especially the community-based biblical play-cycles produced and performed by local guilds in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Chester (in northwest England). His upcoming book, Play Texts and Public Festival in the Chester Cycle, c.1421-1607 (parts of which have earned Matt the Medieval Academy's Schallek Grant, the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society's Palmer Award, and other honors), investigates how that cycle's scripted action engages with the unscripted local revelry and festivity that surrounded it on the holidays that occasioned its performances. Matt also writes for and performs in theatre and experimental performance; his performance texts have received the Fort Mason In Performance Grant and arts residencies at the San Francisco Bay Area's The Garage and the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts.



  • Location: The Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre at the Paramount Center
  • Presented in association with ArtsEmerson
  • Adapted by: Whistler in the Dark
  • Directed by: Meg Taintor
  • Ages: 16+ due to mature content
  • Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission