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Emory Report: Breaking Ground summer theater series focuses on collaboration, creative process

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Rachel Shuey 10C, Jake Krakovsky 14C, Nysa Loudon 16C and Wade Tilton took part in a bunraku puppetry workshop during Breaking Ground 2014. This year’s series unites students, alumni, faculty, staff and professional artists from Atlanta and beyond to work on seven different projects.

It is the nature of the arts that conversations between the artist, the audience and the work often begin and end with a final product. Patrons rarely get a glimpse behind the veil of creativity; however, many of the most exciting discoveries surface during the creative process.

But for three years, Theater Emory’s Breaking Ground series has provided an uncommon opportunity: a space where artists can come together to exchange with fellow creators and share their processes with the community.

This week, the Breaking Ground series returns with public presentations occurring June 20-July 11 in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The four-week long laboratory brings students, alumni, faculty, staff and professional artists from Atlanta and beyond to work on seven different projects. Each project has time in the Theater Lab to develop work, following which the creators invite the public to view and respond to their ideas.

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Breaking Ground 2015

BG2015Breaking Ground, Theater Emory’s annual series of works in development, returns to the Schwartz Theater Lab June 20-July 11, 2015. All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 20, 2 p.m.

Untitled Clown Piece

Caitlin Reeves and Emma Yarbrough

Caitlin and Emma will work with Maia Knispel to begin exploring clown alter egos for an upcoming, autobiographical duo performance.

Sunday, June 21, 7 p.m.

The Squall

Callosum Collective

A multimedia adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  Callosum Collective will use Breaking Ground as a jumping off point for the production; mostly focusing on the text and the larger ideas for the production: will it be interactive, how will the text be adapted, and what role will music and video play in the production?

Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, 6 p.m.

“Shaking the Wind”

Minka Wiltz, Tom W. Jones II, and Addae Moon

A one woman telling of Minka’s life living as the child of a pharmacist turned street preacher in Atlanta, Ga and the first installment of a larger piece chronicling her life. Shaking the Wind opens up questions Minka has about secrets and mystery in her family past which may have affected her mother’s perception of faith and reality.

Sunday, June 28, 2 p.m.

Inside Voice

David Crowe and Patricia Henritze

Inside Voice reimagines the lives of women in history, science, politics and fiction creating a dynamic theatrical event. David and Patricia are inviting a wide range of artists to collaborate with other artists in new ways while exploring diverse stories of women viewed through a modern lens.

Sunday, July 5, 7:30 p.m.

A Night of Twisted Tales
*SPECIAL TICKETED EVENT*
regular $15; student $10

The Weird Sisters Theatre Project

An evening of short plays where fairy tales collide with the modern female. Featuring both emerging Atlanta writers and nationally recognized playwrights including Lauren Gunderson, Deborah Laufer, Wendy MacLeod, Anna Ziegler, Daryl Fazio, and many more.

Monday, July 6, 7 p.m.

The Three Lives of Derreck Kayongo

Patricia Henritze, Matt Huff, Derreck Kayongo

From Uganda to Kenya to America, The Three Lives of Derreck Kayongo takes us on an incredible journey of transformation.  In this inspiring story, we travel with Derreck through his childhood in war-torn Africa and walk with him on his path from homeless refugee to successful entrepreneur.

Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.

The White Whale

Jeffrey Allen Sneed and Julia Weeks

Jo, a graduate student, follows her fellow student James to a secluded jetty in New England where she watches him play out the subject of his thesis: American Whalers. What seems like a lighthearted game of whalers and pirates takes a quick turn when Jo realizes the thing James was setting off to sea to escape wasn’t a boring, whaleless life, but her.

Saturday, July 11, beginning at 12 p.m. (all day event)

4:48

Johnny Drago, Daryl Fazio, Edith Freni, and Michael Winn

Inspired by Paula Vogel’s playwriting “Bake-Off” process, 4:48 is a creative sprint to the finish. Atlanta-based playwrights Johnny Drago, Daryl Fazio, Michael Winn and Emory University Playwriting Fellow, Edith Freni, will lock themselves away for two-days of furious writing, at the end of which they’ll have four brand new plays all based around the same source material. After a swift workshop process, all of the material will be presented to the public in a full day presentation.

Emory Report: Theater Emory hosts 'Breaking Ground' summer series

By Emma Yarbrough | Arts at Emory | July 1, 2014

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This summer, more than 50 performers, choreographers, playwrights, theater-makers, students and alumni converge on Emory’s campus for Theater Emory’s Breaking Ground Series, a four-week residency of new work development in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

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