Monday Monologues series returns for fall with an exciting new lineup

Sep 11, 2019

The University Library’s Monday Monologues program returns to campus on select Mondays this fall with lunchtime performances scheduled from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Grant Wood Foyer in Parks Library. Monday Monologues takes its inspiration from the world of words, books and language and sessions are curated by members of the Iowa State community. Participants can experience a series of poems, songs or plays on any number of topics. 

Sept 30: Get a glimpse of Vivian Cook’s Climate Change Theatre Action: Lighting the Way. These short plays address climate change issues and serve as a call to community action in partnership with the international Climate Change Theatre Action initiative. Full length performances will take place at Fisher Theatre Oct. 4-6, Parks Library lawn on Oct. 10 and at the Ames Public Library on Oct. 20.

Oct. 14: On Indigenous Peoples Day, Dr. Rita Mookerjee, will read from Becoming the Bronze Idol and her forthcoming full-length poetry collection. Mookerjee joined The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Iowa State this fall. Her work, in part, studies the loss of identity due to colonialism and the tokenization of minority cultures.  

Oct. 21: Hear selections from Pauline Viardot’s lighthearted take on the Cinderella story as a chamber operetta with English dialogue. ISU Opera Studio Director Chad Sonka and Music Director Jodi Goble will choose highlights from the full performance, which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Martha Ellen Tye Recital Hall.

Oct. 28: Director, Brad Dell showcases excerpts from ISU Theatre’s Musical Adventure, Chasing George Washington. This musical adventure, commissioned by the Kennedy Center and the White House Historical Association, is like Night at the Museum at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with music that ranges from hip hop to Broadway ballads. The full-length show opens at Fisher Theatre in late October.

Nov. 18: Debra Marquart’s Poetry Writing students read from their in-progress poems. The World Made New: Poetry Readings demonstrates how writing poetry involves thoughtful work: remembering, digging, observing, exploring, describing and imagining. Hear how the poem arrives on the page with new insights and offers in its language and imagery new ways to see and know. 

Each Monday Monologue performance begins at 12:15 p.m. and ends by 12:45 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop in for as long as their schedule allows. Lunch is available for purchase in the Bookends Café.


M. Monica Gillen, University Library Communications Specialist, 373 Parks Library, 515-294-1442

Susan Jasper, University Library Community Engagement Specialist, 150 Parks Library, 515-294-1920

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