Emory Report
August 25, 2008
Volume 61, Number 1



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August 25, 2008
Comedy theme of Theater Emory season

By Blake Covington and Jessica Moore

Theater Emory’s 2008–09 season, “Searching for Oneself — and for that Other,” begins with the program “The Comedy of David Ives,” featuring six short, comedic plays about couples and communication. Running Oct. 2–11 in the Schwartz Center Theater Lab, the program features portrayals of couples in conversation. The couples engage in conversations that stop when they go awry, before resuming with characters revising what was said before, as if in search of a better version of themselves.

On Nov. 13–23, in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Theater Emory presents Ödön von Horváth’s “Don Juan Comes Back From the War.” This story is of a modern Don Juan, much changed by his experience of war as he longs to reunite with his true love, but instead comes back to discover a world where women are the seducers.

At the Schwartz Center Theater Lab on Feb. 2–22, 2009, the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory presents a festival of new play readings and exploratory workshops as part of “Brave New Works” series. A combined company of student and professional actors will perform works based on Emory’s “Evolution Revolution” conference this October and works in collaboration with Out Of Hand Theater. The event is sponsored in part by the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts funded by the University-wide Creativity & Arts Strategic Initiative.

The season closes with the great modern classic “Peer Gynt” by Henrik Ibsen, on April 16–26, in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. Written as a poem in dramatic form, the play tells the story of young Peer, a fanciful, irresponsible misfit, who dreams of becoming emperor of the world. After many misadventures, Peer returns home where he learns what it means to be human.

For tickets and information, contact 404-727-5050 or visit www.arts.emory.edu.