Past Event

Lipstick Lobotomy: A Dramatic Reading by Katie Kopajtic

March 28, 2019
6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
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Buell Hall (East Gallery), Columbia University, 515 West 116th Street, New York

Event Description:

This event is the first in the Explorations in the Medical Humanities series to feature an original creative piece, Krista Knight’s new play Lipstick Lobotomy (2018). Knight is currently the Writer-in-Residence in Cinema & Media Arts and Theatre at Vanderbilt University, and the play has never been fully staged. Drawing on Columbia’s institutional history, we will host a dramatic reading of the play in Buell Hall, the only remaining building from the psychiatric institution formerly located on the University site. This one-off production will feature a dramatic reading of Knight’s play by local actors, commentary from the playwright and director, and a brief history of Columbia’s architectural/institutional history as a psychiatric facility. The reading is intended to present the gendered and political history of lobotomy as a widely-performed psychiatric procedure in the mid-20th century, and, more generally, to explore the ways in which dramatic performance can engender new ways of thinking about medical testimony.

Event Information:

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. This event is sponsored by The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities. More details listed on the event website