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Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega '81 recalls influence of Caron McCullers' work while at Barnard

This week, “Carson McCullers Talks About Love” opens at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, featuring singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega '81.  In The New York Times, Vega reflects on early encounters with McCullers' work:

"As a student at Barnard, Ms. Vega repeatedly returned to the subject of McCullers, a pioneer of the Southern Gothic style best known for her novels “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” and “The Member of the Wedding.” When Ms. Vega was required to dress as someone in the arts and answer questions in that person’s voice for a theater class, she picked McCullers.

For her undergraduate thesis she adapted some of McCullers’s short stories into songs, which she developed into a one-act play. “I wasn’t really happy with it, though,” Ms. Vega said. “It set her on her rocking porch, and it was very cozy and homey, and she’s not really like that.”"

Read the full article here.