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Robert Cohen and “The Madwoman of Chaillot” on May 28, 1969 October 18, 2011

Posted by ucisca in Activism, Early UCI Campus, Faculty.
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The Robert Cohen Festival takes place the weekend of October 28-29 at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts to honor the Claire Trevor Professor of Drama Robert Cohen, celebrate his many contributions to the School, and dedicate a theatre named after him. Professor Cohen has had an amazing career here at UCI, with responsibility for¬†numerous extraordinary productions. Among the most unusual was the May 28, 1969 production of “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” which took place during a period when all U.C. campuses, and campuses across the United States, were essentially closed down during massive campus strikes and protests against the Vietnam War. Professor Cohen, his cast and crew decided to continue the play, rather than cancel it in support of the strike. Robert Cohen read this moving message, justifying their decision, to the audience before each production. Thank you, Robert Cohen, congratulations on your many accomplishments and enjoy the upcoming weekend!

MS-P069. Robert Cohen Papers. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

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