Many of us know that Washington College will perform “King Lear” this semester. What better way to prepare for it than to expand our knowledge of “King Lear” than with a talk by Dr. Barbara Mowat, former WC dean and co-editor of the Folger edition of the play, which is being used for the production here.

Mowat has a master’s and Ph.D. in English literature and her doctorate in Humane Letters. She worked as a professor of English literature at Auburn University and was a Dean at WC. She is a director of the Research of Emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library and one of the editors of the New Folger Library Shakespeare.

Mowat said, “Every play has its own textual history.”…

— Meaghan Menzel, The Elm, March 22, 2013

This semester, Washington College bids farewell to a living legend. Professor of Drama Timothy Maloney will be retiring after 47 years at WC.

When Maloney first came to campus in the fall of 1966, WC did not have a completed arts building, much less a drama major.

“I responded to an advertisement for an arts director position at the College,” said Maloney. “I wasn’t sure if the job suited me or if I suited it, but I decided to give it a try.”…

— Kimberly Uslin, The Elm, March 22, 2013

For more than 25 years, Dr. Jason Rubin, associate professor of drama, has taught students his extensive knowledge of the theater with a smile that never fades. Rubin’s sparkling personality and commitment to education has helped him create an academic environment where his passion for drama is transcended to his students.

Rubin’s all-encompassing involvement with the Drama Department extends outside the classroom. Along with a total of 17 courses he has taught at Washington College, Rubin is active in directing and designing many of WC’s best productions, including “The Tragedy of King Lear,” which opens April 4….

— The Elm, February 22, 2013

  • The Final Curtain

    WASHINGTON COLLEGE drama students have been through a lot in the past 27 years. They’ve seen student theater groups come and go. They’ve listened as actress and then-National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Alexander bemoaned the lack of funding for the arts during her convocation address in 1997. And, between the spring of 2006 and the fall of 2009, they endured the nomadic life of a department without a home, as the Gibson Center for the Arts was renovated. But through it all was the constant presence of professors Tim Maloney and Jason Rubin – or, as they’re known colloquially, T.M. and Jason.“I know I’m not alone when I say that after every conversation with Jason or T.M., regardless of my mindset beforehand, I always left feeling better – and wishing that I had my own tiny T.M. or Jason to put in my pocket and carry around with me for whenever I needed guidance,” says 2011 Stewart Drama Award winner Maggie Matthews. “I still can’t believe how fortunate my drama peers and I were to have such valuable and vastly different springs of knowledge and insight within our reach.”…

 — Karly Kolaja, Washington College Alumni Magazine, Spring 2013

When the drama department stages its spring production of The Tragedy of King Lear April 4-7, the main elements of the show will be informed by an English and drama major’s dramaturgy studies conducted in London.

Funded by the Cater Society of Junior Fellows, Maegan Clearwood ’13 spent two weeks in London this January, investigating the production history of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Working at The Globe Theatre and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Maegan got hands-on with the subject of her research.

— Otto Borden, Washington College website, March 6, 2013

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Two beloved veterans who are retiring this spring from the Washington College Drama Department are at the heart of an upcoming production of The Tragedy of King Lear, April 4-6 on campus. Timothy Maloney, who came to WC in 1966 to create the drama department, will play the lead role as the king who brings misery on himself when he decides to test the love and loyalty of his three daughters. And Jason Rubin, a professional set designer who joined the drama faculty 20 years after Maloney, in 1986, is directing the play.

The production is a collaboration that Maloney and Rubin took on with English Department chair and Shakespeare expert Kathryn Moncrief—the three are co-teaching a course on Lear this semester. Another important partner in the process is student Meagan Clearwood ’13, whose work as dramaturg will fulfill her senior capstone experience. Funded by the College’s Cater Society of Junior Fellows, Clearwood spent two weeks in London this past January studying the production history of the play at the Globe Theatre and The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust….
— Washington College, April 4, 2013


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