Four Atlanta playwrights + 48 hours = four new plays at the forefront of art and science.
That’s the premise of Theater Emory’s “ 4:48,” a frenetic yet focused showcase of new works inspired by the human microbiome that will be performed July 14 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
Read the full article on the Emory News page here.
As a resident professional company and laboratory for faculty artistic research and Theater Studies courses, Theater Emory usually features four productions per year. With each production change, old scenery materials are replaced by new pieces for current productions. Instead of dumping previous set pieces into a landfill, Theater Emory has found innovative and creative ways to divert about 95% of its waste.
Read more on The Office of Sustainability Initiatives’ website here.
A Boom in Filming Gives Atlanta Stage Actors Room to Maneuver
Danielle Deadwyler, a Theatre Emory guest artist, speaks in this NY Times about the film and television boom in Atlanta.
Read the article here.
Playwright Daryl Lisa Fazio participated in the inaugural 4:48, writing from the source material “Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships,” by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha.
The play will now be fully mounted at Actor’s Express from April 21 – May 13, 2018.
Fazio says, “Almost three years ago now, I had the honor and abject terror of being asked to participate in Emory Playwriting Center’s first 4:48 project, which meant writing a full-length play in 48 hours. To my delight and compounded abject terror, the topic that we’d be using as a jumping-off point was monogamy—or, more simply, sex. But it didn’t end up being scary at all, because I got to be in a room with a whole pack of artists I’d never worked with, and most of whom I’d never even met, to talk about human beings and their crazy behavior, and then 48 hours later, to rehearse readings of brand new plays on the subject. And the gifts and humor and craft and focus of the artists in the room turned out to be very freeing and joyful in the writing of a play about sex—and I believe all of that joy and freedom and fear and overcoming of fear lives and breathes in my play THE FLOWER ROOM, being produced this April-May by Actor’s Express.
Quite simply, this play wouldn’t exist without Emory. I wouldn’t have had the growth experience without Emory. And we wouldn’t all be about to gather in a theatre together to watch a funny, honest journey of a woman through her own sexuality, through the lens of a woman.”
She announces the play’s full production at Actor’s Express here.
Emory’s Briarcliff property is one of Atlanta’s most sought-after locations for film and television production in the city’s newest booming industry, so the hustle and bustle of yet another film shoot in late March was not unusual. But this was not your typical Hollywood production.
During the university’s spring break, a crew of Emory students, alumni, faculty and staff, alongside local film and television professionals, descended on Briarcliff’s ominous-looking Building A to film the sci-fi morality tale “Fran K.”
Read more about their experience here.
At Emory University, three Atlanta playwrights took a new look at Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with modern scientific research. They each contributed to a single show that’s being performed at the Atlanta Science Festival.
Listen to the interview with playwrights Neely Gossett and Edith Freni here.
Emory College senior Cameron Frostbaum is using his honors thesis research to introduce local audiences to microtheatre, which began in Spain and features short plays performed for small groups in flexible spaces.
Read the article here.