Artist-in-residence program features performance of acclaimed play

Artist-in-residence program features performance of acclaimed play
April 11, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Benedictine University artist-in-residence Meghan Strell will produce and perform the critically acclaimed play “Corpus Delicti: Just Desserts” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 and at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in Scholl Hall Room 101. Strell is the co-founder and artistic director of Local Infinities Visual Theater of Chicago. A graduate of the Theater School at DePaul University, Strell has created original theater with a number of Chicago companies including Redmoon Theater, Curious Theater Branch and Organic Theater. “Corpus Delicti: Just Desserts” explores the art and science of anatomy in 17th-century Holland. The performance is a visual representation and investigation of the work of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, the Dutch surgeon whose practice of dissection became the subject of Rembrandt’s 1632 painting, “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp.” The performance features Larry Underwood as Dr. Nicolaes Tulp and Strell as Sister Luyt, the first woman publicly dissected in Amsterdam after being condemned to death in 1550. Dr. Tulp defends his consuming passion for knowledge, and in the ensuing debate, both the living and the dead reexamine their relationship to the human corpse. Admission is $5. For more information about the event, contact Karin Hadley, administrative assistant in the College of Liberal Arts, at (630) 829-6274 or by e-mail at khadley@ben.edu.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.