Fanfare: Spring 2018
Author: Stephanie Argy, Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: May 26, 2018

Reaching a high note at The Met

AUDREY LUNA sang the highest note ever sung at the Metropolitan Opera last fall. She reached the A above high C as the character Leticia in Thomas Adès’s new opera, The Exterminating Angel. Adès composed the role for Luna ’01, who first sang it in Salzburg and London productions. Luna came to Adès’ attention when she sang the role of Ariel in his Shakespeare-based opera, The Tempest, performed at The Met in 2012. She received rave reviews for both her vocal and physical performances and won a Grammy for the recording. This summer, Luna is scheduled to sing in the opera Flight at the Des Moines Metro Opera and Carmina Burana with the Cleveland Orchestra.

Grad’s impassioned play performed

A POWERFUL, one-woman play, The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, by Carolyn Gage ’82, MA ’84 came to Lincoln Hall for one night in January. This was the first time a play by Gage (pictured left), an award-winning and esteemed playwright, has been performed on campus. She is the author of 75 plays, musicals and one-woman shows, and specializes in portraying nontraditional roles for women, particularly famous lesbians. In The Second Coming, Joan is a lesbian runaway who returns from the dead to give a modern, impassioned perspective of her life. For more than 20 years, Gage played Joan. For the performance at PSU, she directed Boston actor Julia Reddy (pictured left), and they held a Q&A after the show.

A missionary life

IN HER first book, The Gospel of Trees: A Memoir, just released by Simon & Schuster, award-winning writer Apricot Irving MA ’04 observes that most memoirs about missionaries are either hagiographies or exposés. But the missionary parents who brought Irving and her siblings to Haiti when she was 6 years old were neither saints nor marauders. Her family’s story—and the country’s—are far more complicated than that, and unraveling the complexities is what inspired her to put on paper the conflicting feelings of her childhood. In her unflinching narrative, Irving grapples with coming to terms with a difficult coming of age.


S.O. The New Scarlet Letters: Sex Offenders, Their Treatment and Our Challenge
By Marilyn Callahan MSW ’71 and Tim Buckely, Glass Spider Publishing, 2018

Poems by Tom Fisher (English faculty), The Cultural Society, 2017

The Amish Quilter
By Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould MA ’09, Harvest House Publishers, 2018

Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest
By Mel Gurtov (political science emeritus faculty), Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018

Heartbeat Interrupted
By Donelle Knudsen ’71,Seiders House, 2017

Written For You
CD by Naomi LaViolette, MM ’01self-released, 2017

Thick as Thieves
By Ken Lizzi ’92, Alternate Universe Press, 2017

River Rat
By Doc Macomber ’84,Floating Word Press, 2018

The Riddle of Malnutrition: The Long Arc of Biomedical and Public Health Interventions in Uganda
By Jennifer Tappan (history faculty), Ohio University Press, 2017

The Book of Albanian Sayings: Cultural Proverbs
By Flamur Vehapi MA ’13, CreateSpace, 2017

Red Clocks
By Leni Zumas (English faculty); Little, Brown and Company; 2018