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Turning of the Wheel:

The interplay of the Unique and Universal

A Digital Collection of Events from the Humanities Colloquium Series, Turning of the Wheel,
University of Idaho | Moscow, Idaho | 2011-2012

Performances > Robert Caisley and Lauren 'Lojo' Simon

Adoration of Dora: a Play with Text and Images,
Robert Caisley, Director and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Lauren 'Lojo' Simon, Playwright and MFA Student

Performance, September 29, 30, October 1, 6-9, 2011, Hartung Theater

WARNING: Adult Themes and Content. Not suitable for all audiences.

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Paris 1936. The creation of art is a singular expression, yet art resonates most intensely when it is not merely unique, but also universal. Adoration of Dora explores the singular world of Surrealist photographer Dora Maar as she tries to find her own voice as an artist while living with the threat of war and in the long shadow cast by her lover, Pablo Picasso. On a universal and contemporary level, Adoration of Dora explores the nature of art andcreativity and the way in which artists and lovers inspire and abuse one another in their quest for self-expression. Explore on how the universal and unique worlds of art, politics, sex and history all collide in this World Premiere production being produced this fall by the Department of Theatre. With Cady Ann Smola as Dora, Emily Nash-Gray as Maar, Kristin Glaeser as Marie-Therese, Hillary Mosman as Nusch, Heidi Lindholm as Valentine and Lindsey Teter as Jacqueline. Stage Manager: Sarah Pappin.


Robert Caisley is Associate Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has worked in the entertainment industry as a Creative Consultant for The History Channel, Triage Entertainment, and for North by Northwest Productions, Netter Digital Entertainment and New Wave Entertainment. Robert has been a guest speaker at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the University of the Arts, San Diego State University, Marquette University, Washington State University, the University of Maryland, the University of Montana, Northern Illinois University, Bowling Green State University, Denison University, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Howard University, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Bradley University, Cal State - San Bernardino, Rockford College, and American University in Washington, D.C. His plays include Kissing, The Lake, Good Clean Fun, The 22-Day Adagio, 'Front', Letters to an Alien, Kite's Book, Push, Winter, Santa Fe & Other Short Plays and new play Happy that has been nominated by New Theatre for the National New Play Network 2011 Showcase. He recently directed the Los Angeles Premiere of The Frybread Queen by Carolyn Dunn and directed readings of The Birdhouse by Diane Glancy at La Jolla Playhouse for the 2011 Native Voices Festival of New Works.

Lojo Simon is a playwright, journalist, dramaturg and MFA candidate in dramatic writing at University of Idaho. Her play, Adoration of Dora, was part of Moxie Theatre's Fighting Words Festival in San Diego in 2010, and premieres at University of Idaho in September 2011. Other recent performances of her work include Moscow, which placed first among 10-minute plays at the ACTF Region VII Festival in February 2011, and Beyond Tucumcari, which was part of UI's One-Act Play Festival in May 2011. Mi Corazon, a play for young audiences, was read at Missoula Colony in 2010, and an excerpt will appear in the forthcoming anthology, Scenes from a Diverse World, published by the International Centre for Women Playwrights. Her writing also has been published in numerous magazines, journals, newspapers and books. More at

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