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Brody's plays staged in Newton, Washington, D.C. and New York

It's been a busy season for playwright and Associate Provost for the Arts Alan Brody. Theatre J in Washington, D.C., held a staged reading of his play, "The Housewives of Mannheim" on Jan. 19, and New Repertory Theater in Newton, Mass., will stage a reading of "Saturday Memories in Newton" in early March. On March 25, the New York Theatre Workshop will stage a reading of "Five Scenes from Life."

Jonas' performance piece explores the story of Helen of Troy

"Its revelations are almost guaranteed to knock you sockless," wrote Roberta Smith in The New York Times about "Five Works: Joan Jonas," the first large survey of work by video/installation artist and MIT Professor of Architecture Joan Jonas at the Queens (N.Y.) Museum of Art through March 28. Smith called Joans' work "at once mysterious and transparent, strange yet familiar in an almost universal sense ... She is like a magician who dazzles us while revealing the secret to every trick."

From Feb. 25-28, Jonas will perform in New York for the first time in more than a decade with "Lines in the Sand" at The Kitchen (512 West 19th St., New York; Based on Hilda Doolittle's poem "Helen in Egypt," this performance piece uses masks, mirrors, costumes, live drawing, videotape and prerecorded sound to explore the story of Helen of Troy.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 25, 2004.

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