March 23, 2011

Festival features 9 new plays

A performance of 2009's 'Hominid'

Musicals, a series of one-person plays and multi-disciplinary performances on an artist’s life are on the bill for Theater Emory's new play festival April 2-17.

Brave New Works offers free public presentations of new and evolving plays from Emory students and alumni and other playwrights.

The three-week festival kicks off April 2 with "6 x 6", an evening of 15-minute, one-person plays written and developed by Emory undergraduates.

These plays will be fully produced by Theater Emory during the 2011-2012 season.

"Goreé Crossing," a musical with original compositions by Olou Dara is by Obie Award-winning playwright Paul Carter Harrison. Set in 1918, "Goreé Crossing" acts as a symbolic crossroads where Africa, the Deep South and the high-life of the urban world psychically intertwine.

Some of the other works include:

• A musical about America's Gilded Age, "Jubilee Jim" by Charles Howard Candler Professor Bobby Paul;

• "Infinite Country: A Frontier Play" by alumnus Nicholas Surbey '10C;

• "Louise Nevelson: A Life Assembled," an evening of multi-disciplinary performances centered on the creative life of the artist; and

• "Without Which Nothing," exploring issues surrounding water, new collaborative endeavor by Out of Hand Theater's Margaret Baldwin.

Every two years The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory sponsors Brave New Works, providing theater professionals and students with the space and resources to develop and create new works for the stage and screen.

Playwrights are given actors, a director, a small production team, and a week to workshop, revise and rewrite their scripts, culminating in a public presentation of the work in progress.

For a complete list of presentations, times and locations, visit Theater Emory and Arts at Emory. While all nine presentations are free and open to the public, space is limited, so reservations are recommended.

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