A sleeping body on stage is thought to have little importance. It is just a body sleeping. However, according to playwrights and scholars of early modern England, the sleeping body was considered a cipher that holds secrets about its own identity and culture. Does the community at large have a responsibility to protect the sleeper's original identity? How can we confirm that this secret identity is who the sleeper really is?
Nancy Simpson-Younger, Luther visiting assistant professor of English, will attempt to answer these questions and more in her lecture "Watching the (Secret) Sleeper in Early Modern Drama," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall.