David Savran will give “The Unnatural Intercourse of High and Low: Rent as Middlebrow Blockbuster” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in the Geneva Room. His writings as well as a recording of Rent, The Original Broadway Cast Recording/ Two disc set (1996), are on reserve in the library.
Savran's talk will examine cultural and sexual tensions inherent in the concept of middlebrow culture in America and why it has been judged so contemptuously by most critics. He argues that theatre is one of the most distinctive forms of middlebrow and illustrates his argument with an analysis of the marketing of the wildly successful Tony Awards-winning musical Rent. There will be a round table discussion in the Fisher Center at 8:45 a.m. on the morning following the lecture.
Savran is professor of theater at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has written extensively on American theatre and culture, sexuality, and the social history of masculinity. Recent publications include Taking it Like a Man; Communists, Cowboys, and Queers; and the edited volume The Masculinity Studies Reader.