August 2, 2010

Theater Season Preview

Prize-winning plays to be staged

Jim Sarbh and Christina Ting in "Sure Thing" by David Ives, a previous Theater Emory play.

Theater Emory keeps their “Eyes on the Prize” throughout the upcoming year with its 2010-2011 season of Pulitzer Prize-winning plays. The plays in this season are not only award-winning but they also seek to portray family dynamics, both nuclear and self-defined, through three very different decades of the 20th century.

The gold medallion season opens with Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” (Sept. 30-Oct. 3, Emory Performing Arts Studio), produced in a concert format with an all-student cast and music direction by Bryan Mercer. Based on Puccini’s opera, “La Bohéme,” this smash-hit Broadway rock musical follows a bohemian family of young New York artist and musician friends struggling to survive during the height of the AIDS epidemic. (Tickets: $18; Emory faculty and staff $14; Emory students $6).

The season continues with George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s “You Can’t Take It With You” (Nov. 11-21, Mary Gray Munroe Theater). Directed by Theater Emory’s Artistic Director John Ammerman, this classic 1930s comedy chronicles one mad-capped night in the lives of two socially different, yet equally eccentric families, about to be joined together by the marriage of their children. (Tickets: $18; Emory faculty and staff $14; Emory students $6).

Sam Shepard’s 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Buried Child” (Feb. 17- 27, 2011, Mary Gray Munroe Theater) ushers the season into 2011. Directed by Theater Studies faculty member Janice Akers, this intense and groundbreaking drama depicts a dysfunctional family harboring a grotesque secret. (Tickets: $18; Emory faculty and staff $14; Emory students $6).

Theater Emory closes its season with the biennial new play series, “Brave New Works” (March 29-April 17, 2011, Schwartz Center, Theater Lab). Sponsored in partnership with The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, this innovative series connects playwrights, directors, artists, researchers and scientists from all fields on-campus and nationally to create new plays. Having paired with Atlanta-based and alumni-founded Out Of Hand Theater on past productions such as “Hominid,” Theater Emory will once again work with the company to create a project on the topic of water.

“It is our mission,” says Playwriting Center Director Lisa Paulsen, “that we assist the next generation of prize-winning playwrights as befits a research university such as Emory.”

Tickets for all productions go on sale to the public on Sept. 10. For tickets and information, contact 404-727-5050 or visit

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