A Conversation with Tommy Orange

Tuesday, January 10

McCrary Theatre, Center for the Arts, 6 p.m.

Elon University Speaker Series • Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address

Tommy Orange’s “There There” is an exceptional debut novel that grapples with the history of a nation while showcasing a side of America few of us have ever seen. After noticing a lack of stories about urban Native Americans, Orange created a remarkable work that explores those who have inherited a profound spirituality, but who are also plagued by addiction, abuse and suicide. “There There” tells the story of 12 characters who each have private reasons for traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, and who come together after a brutal act of violence. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Tickets available beginning November 29 at elon.universitytickets.com. For information, call (336) 278-5610.

Department of Performing Arts presents “The Inferior Sex”

Friday-Sunday, January 20-22

Tuesday-Saturday, January 31-February 4

Roberts Studio Theatre, Scott Studios at Arts West

Jan. 20, 21, 31, Feb 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan 21, 22, Feb 4 at 2 p.m.

Written by Jacqueline E. Lawton • Directed by Sarah Hankins

It’s the summer of 1972. In midtown Manhattan, a small women’s magazine is on the verge of collapsing and threatens to dash the hopes and dreams of a group of women tired of being treated as second-class. “The Inferior Sex” is a poignant and hilarious behind-the-scenes look at a women’s magazine that gets political, faces hard truths and breaks new ground in an ever-changing world. Content warning: This show includes discussions of sexism, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexuality, racism and systemic racism. Admission: $15 or Elon ID. Reservations will be offered beginning January 13 at www.elonperformingarts.com.