Dickens in Ithaca Festival

Dickens in Ithaca: Celebrating Charles Dickens’s 200th Birthday
Admission to all events is free unless otherwise noted.

In 2012, the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens is being celebrated around the world. The Dickens in Ithaca Festival, a series of events from February 3 to April 25, 2012 enables members of Ithaca College and the community to join in the celebration.

Feb 5 Sunday, 4:00-6:30 pm, Cinemapolis 120 E Green St
Great Expectations (1946) directed by David Lean
Charles Dickens’s 200th Birthday Party and Festival Kickoff
Join us for the festival kickoff! Birthday cake to follow screening.
Sponsored by Tompkins Trust Company, Cinemapolis, Central New York Cake Decorating and the Ithaca College English Department

Feb 16 Thursday, 6:00 pm, Buffalo Street Books 215 N Cayuga St
Dickens Reading Group: Great Expectations Book I

Feb 24-26 Friday through Sunday, The Hangar Theater 801 Taughannock Blvd
Oliver! The Musical (suitable for all ages)
Running to Places Theater Company performs Dickens’s tale of an orphan adopted by a members of a crime ring.
Tickets $12 in advance, $14 at the door; student and teacher discounts at some shows

Mar 1 Thursday, 4:30-5:30 pm, Ithaca Falls Room, Campus Center, Ithaca College
“The Politics of Crime in Oliver Twist and The Wire”
Professor Tom Shevory (Politics, Ithaca College)
Talk and reception sponsored by: Sigma Tau Delta National English Honors Society

Mar 15 Thursday, 6:00 pm, Buffalo Street Books 215 N Cayuga St
Dickens Reading Group: Great Expectations Book II

Mar 21 Wednesday, 5:00-6:00 pm, Ithaca Falls Room, Campus Center, Ithaca College
"A Necessary Luxury: Tea in Victorian England"
Professor Julie Fromer (English, Ithaca College)
Talk and tea sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta National English Honors Society

Mar 30 Friday, 7:30-9:00 pm, Park Auditorium, Ithaca College
The Mutual Friend (suitable for all ages)
Professor John Anderson (Performance Studies, Emerson College) performs Dickens’s fateful, final public reading in this adaptation of Frederick Busch’s biographical novel.
Sponsored by: Ithaca College Speech Communications Department, Ithaca College Honors Program, Ithaca College Department of English

Apr 12 Thursday, 4:30-5:30 pm, Ithaca Falls Room, Campus Center, Ithaca College
“Games and Play in the Dickensian Novel”
Professor Kirsten Parkinson (English, Hiram College)
Talk and reception sponsored by Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences Educational Grant and Sigma Tau Delta National English Honors Society.

Apr 15 Sunday, 7:30 pm, The Kitchen Theatre Company, 417 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. / State Street
A Tale of Two Cities (Rated R)
A drag queen quiets a screaming baby by performing Dickens’s Tale as a one man show.
For mature audiences.
Professor Bruce Henderson (Speech Communications, Ithaca College)
Tickets $11 at the door
       
Apr 19 Thursday, 6:00 pm, Buffalo Street Books 215 N Cayuga St
Dickens Reading Group: Great Expectations Book III

Apr 25 Wednesday, 6:00 pm, The Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College
Dickens: The Greatest Hits
Famous and favorite passages from Dickens read and performed by faculty, staff, students and community members in this closing celebration.
Reception sponsored by Ithaca College School of Humanities and Sciences and the Office of the Provost.



Sponsors:
Ithaca College
School of Humanities and Sciences
Tompkins Trust Company
Cinemapolis
The Kitchen Theatre
Running to Places Theater Company
Buffalo Street Books
CNY Cake Decorating
Sigma Tau Delta National English Honors Society

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