A special installment of Theater Emory’s
(TE) Brave New Works, Jan. 27-Feb. 22, marks the inauguration of
the theater laboratory in the new Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center
for Performing Arts, which officially opens Feb. 1.
The theater lab will be home to Brave New Works, a biennial marathon
of play development workshops sponsored by the Playwriting Center
of Theater Emory, where Atlanta audiences have had the opportunity
to hear scripts and screenplays in the process of development. Brave
New Works II will bring together a national ensemble of actors,
directors and playwrights, as well as Emory faculty, alumni and
students, to explore and develop new theater work.
More than a dozen works will be premiered during the month-long
event, which allows playwrights to hear their works in progress
and brainstorm with other writers. More than 75 guest artists are
involved in the project, and more than two dozen Emory alumni working
professionally in theater will return to Emory to take part in Brave
New Works II.
“We’re thrilled to christen the Schwartz Center’s
theater lab with the most ambitious Brave New Works festival we’ve
ever had,” said TE Artistic Director Vinnie Murphy. “The
kind of high-voltage fireworks that result from putting together
some of the country’s most talented theater artists with our
adventurous liberal arts theater students creating new work is what
a university-based company like Theater Emory is all about.”
Playwright Jon Lipsky returns to Emory for a reading of his new
work, Book of Revelations, a series of interrelated short plays
that chronicle the shape of a relationship over 50 years. Theater
Emory previously produced Lipsky’s Dreaming With an AIDS
Patient and Call of the Wild, and his script They
All Want to Play Hamlet was written in collaboration with Murphy
and fellow TE faculty member Tim McDonough.
Award-winning writer Elizabeth Wong will look at relationships when
she directs her full-length monologue Dating and Mating in Modern
Times, a tart and humorous look at modern-day dating rituals.
Her play Kimchee & Chitlins, a satire that premiered
at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, was developed in part at
Poet and playwright Henry Israeli will present a staged reading
of his new work, Arrangement for a Glass Guitar, a play
set in eastern Europe in 1973. Thomas Bryant will head to 17th century
Rome with a reading of his play Boca Della Verita (“The
Mouth of Truth”), a dramatic look at the battle for the soul
and survival of the Catholic Church during the Inquisition. At stake
are the lives of Beatrice Cenci, Caravaggio and Galileo and the
pursuit of social justice, art and science.
Janet Kenney’s The Mark of the Lord tells the story of a young
woman confronted by an unbearable miracle. Jennie Snyder’s
first full-length play, Historical Fiction, is the story
of mothers and daughters, food and lovers, that explores the trajectory
of an anorexic from sainthood to patienthood. Pamela Turner’s
MAJIK! is a surreal story featuring Rosey, a ballerina
living in a 19th century circus freak show.
Emory faculty and students also will offer new works. Murphy will
present Crow: From the Life and Songs of the Crow, adapted
from the poetry of Ted Hughes and featuring a single actor accompanied
by a musical and video score. Murphy’s adaptation was inspired
by the papers of the late British poet laureate that are held in
Special Collections and archives.
Award-winning author and English/creative writing faculty member
Joseph Skibell will debut 12,395 Words, a hyperrealistic
depiction of an after-dinner evening between friends in Venice,
Calif. Finally, students Jon Herzog, Lauren Gunderson, James Navarro
and Brian Green all offer new works.
Performances will begin Jan. 27 and will be held through late February.
All shows are free and open to the public; a full schedule is available
For more information, call 404-727-5050.