Jonathan Miller Artist Comedian and Physician to Discuss AfterLife of Plays

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Philip Montgomery PHONE: (713) 831-4792 E-MAIL: [email protected] MILLER, ARTIST, COMEDIAN AND PHYSICIAN TO DISCUSS AFTER-LIFEOF PLAYSFounder and star of the comedy troupe “Beyond theFringe,” director of operas, and the physician responsible for award-winning BBCproductions, Jonathan Miller will present a lecture at Rice University titled“The After-Life of Plays.”The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 6 in the Stude Concert Hall in AlicePratt Brown Hall. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of Fondren Library withpartial funding from The Brown Foundation.His most recent book, “Subsequent Performances,” discusses theresponsibilities and rights of a director of a classic work when the passage oftime begins to impose awkward problems of re-creation and interpretation.Miller may be best known as co-author and performer in “Beyond the Fringe,” atelevision comedy show that aired from 1961 to 1964. That show inspired ageneration of future programs including “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” and“Saturday Night Live.”After his stint in television comedy, he turned his talents to producingShakespeare’s plays for England’s National Theater including the “Merchant ofVenice” with Sir Lawrence Olivier and Joan Plowright. His nonShakespeareanproductions include Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night” with JackLemmon.He is also an accomplished director and producer of numerous operas. In 1986,he directed a highly acclaimed “Tosca” at the Maggio Musicale in Florence, whichsubsequently transferred to the English National Opera and which was laterrevived at Houston Grand Opera. In 1991, he produced Janacek’s “Katya Kabanova”for the New York Metropolitan Opera.Medicine and science have also attracted Miller, who earned a doctor ofmedicine at University College in London in 1959. He developed the BBC-TV serieson the history of medicine called “The Body in Question.” He also wrote twobest-selling books: “The Human Body” and “The Facts of Life.”Miller is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy and an Albert Medalist forthe Royal Society of the Arts.For more information, call the Friends of Fondren at (713) 285-5157.### last_img