Joplin, MO 64801-1595
Website: Click to Visit
Dr. Jim Lile is your guide to the crazy world of Commedia dell'Arte, a form of improvisational comedy that dates from the Italian Renaissance. It was a popular entertainment that influenced both Shakespeare and Moliere. Characters in the Commedia include gullible old men, learned fools, braggart cowards, and clever servants who all inhabit an exaggerated world of masks, trickery, and slapstick. Aspects of the Commedia continue to resonate today helping us to keep our lives in perspective by showing us how ridiculous we can be!
Dr. Jim Lile is an associate professor of theatre and head of the Theatre Department. He teaches Theatre Appreciation and Theatre History. Dr. Lile's primary research interest is 19th century American theatre.