Widener English

The English Department at Widener University



Management Update!

Hello everyone!

I hope the semester wrapped up well for all of you and that you’re starting to get into the swing of summer. You’ll notice that I have updated our page on the current leadership team to show that Jillian Benedict (junior) is the English Club’s new manager! She will be leading the club for the next academic year, assisted by Thomas Kelly (sophomore). I will be the senior consultant, so I will still be around and involved in the club, but Jill will generally be the one to contact with any ideas or questions about anything related to the club. Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming posts on here from Jill.

I hope you all have a great summer!


The Pillowman

As most of you may know, Theatre Widener is doing a staged reading of Martin McDonagh’s play The Pillowman. Performance start tomorrow and go through Sunday. If you’re not already planning on going, you should! I’m planning to go to the performance at 7:30 on Saturday, so if you’re worried about showing up and sitting alone, I’ll be there 🙂 Since the theatre building is currently closed, the shows will be held in the lower level of University Center. Because of this, Theatre Widener has requested that people RSVP for the performance they would like to attend. The phone number for reservations is 610-499-4364.

Also, I’d like to get a group together to go to the Springfield Diner on Saturday afternoon before the show. Even if you are going to be going to the show a different night, you should still come socialize if you can! If you want to do this, please let me know. You can contact me via campus cruiser, Facebook, or my cell phone (207-712-9049). I’m thinking that 4:00 or 5:00 would work.

On another theater-related note, a couple of English Club members went to see the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night a couple of weeks ago. The show was absolutely great. I hadn’t read the play before, but this performance definitely made me want to. It was laugh-out-loud funny, and the actors seemed to play their roles perfectly. Emma Ricciardi went, and she said that it’s always been her favorite of Shakespeare’s comedies, so if you’re a die-hard Twelfth Night fan too, talk to Emma about how the show measured up to her expectations. Elena Harshaw and Professor Friedman went as well if you want to talk to them about how they liked it.

If you are interested in seeing the show and just weren’t able to go on the date we set, I encourage you to go on your own or with a group of friends: they are performing it through May 20. They are also performing Titus Andronicus through May 19. If you go on a Wednesday or Thursday night and arrive 30 minutes before the show is scheduled to start, they offer a student rush price of $10.00 per ticket. Here is the link to the website if you would like to get more specific information:

Concert on Wed., 4/18

Even though our club is mostly focused on our common interest in literature, I assume that our love for art is not limited to this form. Because of this, Margaret Robinson – whom you may know from the Writing Center or creative writing classes – asked me to let everyone know about this upcoming concert event: Her niece, Zoe Mulford, will give a concert in KLC # 1, 8:00 pm, on Wednesday, April 18. Mrs. Robinson says: “Zoe, a singer/songwriter, performs mostly her own work, but often includes a smattering of traditional folk tunes.  She plays banjo and guitar, her songs tell good stories, and her lyrics are witty and poetic. If you’re familiar with folk musicians, she might remind you of Christine Lavin, John Gorka, or Mary Chapin Carpenter – but she’s not exactly like any of them.  You can get more information and listen to some of her music at” If this sounds interesting/intriguing to you, I encourage you come on out!

Good News!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let everyone know that Thomas Kelly has agreed to be the Assistant Manager of the English Club for next year. Hooray!

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