MacDowell Downtown

Sisters and returning MacDowell Fellows Madeleine and Jenny George will kick off the 2020 MacDowell Downtown season this Friday, March 6th, at 7:30 p.m. Madeleine George, the Obie winner and Pulitzer finalist, is developing comedic one-person play about birding and the vainglorious pursuit of discovery and knowledge. Jenny George, honored in 2015 with a “Discovery” Boston Review Poetry Prize, has come to MacDowell to work on a follow up to her first collection, The Dream of Reason. “It might seem a little strange to have the two of us together since we’re not collaborating, and for Madeleine’s comic bent opposite my serious subject,” said Jenny. “But death can be funny.” Far different than exploring birding and birders’ obsession with cataloguing different breeds, but Jenny is finding the humorous within the tragic.

MacDowell Downtown is a free series of presentations open to the public by MacDowell Fellows that takes place on the first Friday of the month from March to November in downtown Peterborough. Each season of MacDowell Downtown features a wide array of programming, including film screenings and workshops, readings, and writing seminars, art exhibitions, performances, talks, and more. MacDowell Downtown begins at 7:30 p.m. typically at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough.

Below, see a slideshow of the past season. Keep an eye out for our “At MacDowell” monthly column appearing the first Thursdsy of every month in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, and visit our Facebook Events page for the latest information on upcoming MacDowell Downtown events.