February 5, 2007
Brave New Works returns with 20 days of Theater Emory Programming
BY gina atwater
Theater Emory's spring season begins with the biennial Brave New Works festival. This year's installment -- presenting 20 days of workshops, rehearsals and presentations of works in progress from Feb. 6 until Feb. 25 -- is unique in its varied and interdisciplinary programming. Dramaturges, writers, translators, choreographers and adapters will be in residence to work with a mixture of student and professional actors to develop new works for the screen and stage. These visiting artists come from Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and Europe.
Brave New Works festival highlights include a visit from South African freedom fighter Albie Sachs, a play from Emory Creative Writing Program Director and 2005 Academy Award-winner for Literature Jim Grimsley, an intriguing play about journalists and the IRA set in Belfast by celebrated writer Matthew Maguire, translations of works by Cyrano de Bergerac and Johan Nestroy, a screenplay by Atlanta writer Bret Wood, and a dance/theater piece adapted from the magical "A Blessing on the Moon" by Emory's Joseph Skibell.
"Brave New Works has been established to advance the mission of the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, contributing significantly to the development of new works for stage and, increasingly, screen," said Lisa Paulsen, director of the Playwriting Center, which sponsors the festival. "This February, in order to meet the needs of seven separate projects, we will coalesce an impressive company of Emory students and faculty, local professionals and nationally recognized artists for three weeks' work at Emory."
All rehearsals and presentations are free and open to the public. For the full schedule of public plays, readings, workshops and rehearsals beginning with the Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. staged reading of "The Jail Diaries of Albie Sachs," call the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404.727.5050, or visit www.arts.emory.edu.