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Theater Emory opens 2017-2018 season with “Midnight Pillow”

August 31, 2017

Atlanta—In describing her creative process writing “Frankenstein,” Mary Shelley referred to the story as the “spectre which had haunted my midnight pillow.” Theater Emory’s “Midnight Pillow,” running September 21 through October 1, brings thirteen women and transgender writers together to explore Shelley’s enigmatic depiction of the artistic method in a collaborative work created and directed by Emory alumna Park Krausen.

“Midnight Pillow,” invites audiences into the bedroom as eight performers bring to life the linked writings of Fanny Britt, Shelia Callaghan, Andrea Cohen, Léonore Confino, Lauren Gunderson, Maria Headley, Cristin König, Nathalie Mason Fleury, Scott Turner Schofield, Awoye Timpo, Naomi Wallace, Madhuri Shekar and Marisa Wegrzyn. This is the first production in Theater Emory’s 2017-2018 season that in part responds to the 200th anniversary of “Frankenstein.”

Krausen, the driving force behind the project, commissioned writers from all over the world to construct monologues, scenes and short plays that consider the questions “What happens when you are in the act of birthing or creating? What happens when you refuse to create? What keeps you up at night or rumbles in that liminal space between dreams and consciousness? What happens when your creation betrays you or you it?”

“I create dialogue between divergent art forms and take the opportunity to invite everyone to play—the often represented and often underrepresented,” says Krausen about her creative process.  After a decade serving as producing artistic director of Théâtre du Rêve, she describes her relatively new life as a theater director and the opportunity to work with Theater Emory as “daunting and exciting.”

“I am thrilled to be returning to my alma mater where the idea of experiential learning, the exchange between students and professionals, is paramount.”

Theater Emory presents “Midnight Pillow” September 21-23, 27-30 at 7:30 p.m.; September 24 and October 1 at 2 p.m in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $18 general admission, $14 discount category members, $12 industry and non-Emory students, $6 Emory students and are available through the Arts at Emory Box Office online or at 404-727-5050. For additional information on Theater Emory’s 2017-2018 season, visit theater.emory.edu.

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Theater Emory, the professional company in residence at Emory University, produces a wide range of drama, from classics to new works. Liberal arts undergraduates work with professional directors, actors, designers, playwrights, dramaturgs, choreographers, composers, music directors and stage managers.

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Alum Snehal Desai named artistic director of LA’s East West Players

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East West Players has found its new artistic director from within its own ranks and announced that Emory alum, Snehal Desai, will succeed outgoing producing artistic directory Tim Dang, who has led the downtown Los Angeles theater company since 1993.

Snehal last worked with Theater Emory during the 2015 Global Voices reading series, as director and playwright.

Read more about Snehal’s new role here.

 

WABE: Theater Emory plays with casting genders in ‘As You Like It’

Listen to an interview between Lois Reitzes and the directors in the City Lights Podcast.
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This year, Shakespeare’s 400th birthday is being celebrated across the globe.

For the occasion, Theater Emory has created several programs over the year dedicated to Shakespeare – and this week, they are doing a grand experiment. Professor Jan Akers is directing an all-female cast of “As You Like It,” and professor Tim McDonough is directing an all-male cast of the same play.

“So we were interested without any particular agenda about the gender differences to see how the plays would speak differently to audiences given an all-male cast and an all-female cast,” explained McDonough in an interview with Lois Reitzes.

Read the article in full here.

 

Emory Report: Shakespeare at Emory events lead up to First Folio exhibit

FullColor-HorizontalFour hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, his work continues to resonate with audiences across the globe, providing new insights into the nature of love, power and human existence. This month, Emory embarks on a yearlong focus on the man whose words changed the world.

Kicking off next week with events from Emory Libraries and Theater Emory, Shakespeare at Emory celebrates the University’s selection as a host site for the exhibit of “First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” with plays, readings, exhibits and other activities.

One host site was selected from each state to display the national traveling exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books, from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Emory was chosen as the Georgia venue.

“Appropriately, Emory’s year of celebration begins with a thought-provoking scholarly reflection on the First Folio, to be followed by a rich array of theatrical performances and poetry readings, as well as exhibitions, conversations and pop-up events,” says Rosemary Magee, director of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. “All are invited to participate — in every way possible.”

Read the article in full here.

Theater Emory launches Shakespeare celebration with all-male and all-female productions of “As You Like It”

March 8, 2016

Four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, his work continues to resonate with audiences across the globe, providing new insights into the nature of love, power, and human existence. This month, Theater Emory embarks on a yearlong focus on the man whose words changed the world.

In honor of Shakespeare’s First Folio’s upcoming visit to campus, Theater Emory launches into a yearlong celebration of Shakespeare with the great romantic comedyAs You Like It,” running March 31 – April 10 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. As one character famously asks, “Can one desire too much of a good thing?” Theater Emory tackles this question head-on with two productions running in repertory: an all-male cast directed by Tim McDonough and an all-female cast directed by Jan Akers.

Read the press release in full here.

 

Backstage: Pro Actors Return to College at Theater Emory

This week, artistic director Janice Akers sat down with Jaime Lin Weinstein of Backstage.com to discuss the unique opportunities Theater Emory offers professional actors:

Leave it to one of the country’s leading teaching institutions to convince professional actors to go back to college. Well, sort of. At Theater Emory in Atlanta, Ga., Emory University’s resident professional company, “undergraduates work alongside professional theater artists in an atmosphere that is adventurous and intellectually stimulating,” as artistic director Jan Akers explains. “In the past three seasons, Theater Emory has hired approximately 345 pros in the areas of performance, design, stage management, and tech; in that number, approximately 130 were actors.

Read the article in full here.

Johnny Drago’s CUL-DE-SAC chosen as finalist for 2016 Source Festival

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Eliana Marianes and Travis Draper in the Breaking Ground reading of CUL-DE-SAC.

Johnny Drago’s play CUL-DE-SAC has been chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Source Festival in Washington, DC. CUL-DE-SAC was first developed at Theater Emory’s Summer 2015 Breaking Ground series as a part of the 4:48 playwriting “bake-off.” CUL-DE-SAC, along with the three other 4:48 plays, will continue to be developed at Emory as a part of this year’s Brave New Works Festival.

Congratulations Johnny! Not bad for a play written in two days!

More information on the 4:48 project

More on the 2016 Source Festival