Dr. Martha S. LoMonaco
Professor of Visual & Performing Arts
o: Canisius Hall Rm 205
40 years later, Woodstock still arouses our curiosity
"I think it's become more important (over time)," said David W. McFadden, chairman of the history department at Fairfield University. His reasons are many, including the documentary that tells the story of Woodstock and has exposed the event to new generations; the music heard at the festival that remains popular; the iconic figures involved; the youth movement and cultural changes; and the protest movement against the war in Vietnam, which continued to build after Woodstock. "There is a lot of wanting to get back to that idealistic time. Anniversaries do that, but especially this kind of an anniversary." Martha S. LoMonaco is a professor of theater at Fairfield University and teaches, along with McFadden, the course "Examining the '60s: History, Art and Legacy." "The most important legacy of Woodstock is brilliantly captured by Joni Mitchell (in her song 'Woodstock')," she said. "It was the spirit that we truly can overcome it all if we work together, if we move away from the constraints of the military industrial complex. If we really pull together as a people and we really do go back to the land."
Published in Stamford Advocate, Norwalk Advocate, Greenwich Time, Danbury News Times on 8/17/09
Looking back at the age of Aquarius
Martha LoMonaco, director of Fairfield University's Theatre Program, remembers taking a bus trip as an eighth-grader from her home in Allentown, Pa., to see the Broadway. "My friend and I were so loquacious, filing in with the suburban adults," she says. In 1999, producing her own version of "Hair" in Fairfield as part of a campuswide project focusing on the 1960s, LoMonaco's research led her to The Joseph Papp/New York Shakespeare Festival archives at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. As she had suspected, there were significant differences in the show that opened at the Public Theatre in 1967 and the one that wound up on Broadway the following year.
Published in The Advocate on 3/29/09