SUBMITTED PHOTO University of Indianapolis senior Morgan Jackson (from left), Associate Professor Jim Ream and 1997 graduate Jenni White are among the cast of “King Lear,” which opens Friday at Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., and will serve as homecoming for the school’s former theater students. Ream, well known in the regional theater community and associate professor and past chair of UIndy’s department of theater, will share the spotlight with many of his current and former students as one of the Western world’s great theatrical tragedies is staged. The story is set in ancient Britain as Lear (Ream) faces retirement and the need to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. As the family dynamics play out unexpectedly, the tale ends in death and madness. Performances are at 8 p.m. Oct. 23, 24, 29-31, with a free preview at 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and a 2 p.m. showing Oct. 25. Tickets, $10 and $12, can be reserved by calling 788-3251.
Dr. David Chandler, a professor of religion and philosophy at Franklin College, will discuss his recent works as an artist and a photographer at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Johnson Center for Fine Arts.
Chandler's interest in photography began in Japan, where he grew up and graduated from high school. Shortly afterward, he earned a certificate in photography at the New York Institute of Photography. Travel photography was an early interest since by the age of 19 he had traveled around the world twice.
His interests in the arts range from classical guitar to photography. He has played in the Franklin Guitar Ensemble and has won awards for his photography, including several from the Northern Indiana Arts Association.
He lived in Germany numerous times, including a yearlong post-doctorate and a sabbatical studying classical guitar.
“I'm attracted to the margins, to what I miss perceiving in the bustle of schedules, appointments and deadlines,” Chandler said. “Influences like Zen Buddhism and monastic spirituality are prominent in my recent work; I am learning to perceive through my senses rather than through my thoughts, expectations or assumptions.”
His work will be on exhibit from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays Nov. 5 through Dec. 4. Admission is free.