Writing is Live 2011

(February 4 - 13, 2011)

The Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University is proud to announce the secondWriting is Live 2011 PosterWriting is Live 2011 Poster annual Writing is Livefestival, a presentation of new works featuring nine plays by writers in Brown’s graduate and undergraduate theatre programs.  Writing is Live celebrates the diversity and strength of new theatrical voices while simultaneously exploring the meaning of text in performance.  Performance writing may take forms complete and incomplete, narrative and imagistic, compact or durational, so the festival stresses and plays with the idea of the Live, allowing the development and evolution of new work in conversation with the writer, directors, actors, designers, and audience.  All are collaborators in the exciting life of the new performance script.

The festival (formerly the New Plays Festival) is made possible through support from an endowed fund for the Adele Kellenberg Seaver ’49 Professorship in Literary Arts.  At the heart of the festival are thesis productions by second-year playwrights Theo Goodell, Rachel Jendrzejewski, and Ian McDonald.  These fully-staged productions represent the culminating work of the M.F.A. playwrights and will provideboldly imaginative and diverse theatrical experiences.  This year, the thesis productions will be augmented by a series of readings and workshops of new plays by five graduate theatre artists from Brown, including Victor I. Cazares, Brough Hansen, Margaret Namulyanga, Zarina Shea, and Charlie Thurston, as well as the production of a new play by Franny Choi at Brown’s Rites and Reason Theatre.  The plays are acted and directed by students in the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. program and Brown University’s undergraduate programs.

Tickets for all of the festival’s performances are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis at the door half an hour before the curtain. Tickets are limited for these productions, so please arrive as early as possible to guarantee yourself a seat.

And Joy
by Zarina Shea
directed by Kristopher Lencowski

Fri., 2/4 @ 7pm
Sat. 2/5 @ 5pm
Sun. 2/6 @ 3pm

McCormack Family Theatre
70 Brown St.


Night Vision
by Brough Hansen
directed by Kevaughn Harvey

Fri. 2/4 @ 10pm
Sat. 2/5 @ 8pm

McCormack Family Theatre
70 Brown St.


by Charlie Thurston
directed by Ruth Coughlin

Sat. 2/5 @ 1pm
Sun. 2/6 @ 7pm

McCormack Family Theatre
70 Brown St.


Notice: To Whom It May Concern or Disregard
by Margaret Namulyanga
directed by Aubrey Snowden

Mon. 2/7 @ 7pm
Rites & Reason
155 Angell St.

Thu. 2/10 @ 4pm
Brown/RISD Hillel House
80 Brown Street
Winnick Chapel


Ramses contra los monstruos: salmos y apocalipsises
(bailes, canciones y visiones para el fin del mundo) 
by Victor I. Cazares
directed by Ryan Purcell

Mon. 2/7 @ 9pm
Fri. 2/11 @ 4pm

List Arts Center
64 College Street


Mask Dances
by Franny Choi
directed by Constance Crawford and Tiffany Greene

Fri. 2/11 @ 7pm
Sat. 2/12 @ 5pm
Sun. 2/13 @ 3pm

Rites & Reason
155 Angell St.


The Boy Who Lived Forever (and the Woman Who Didn't)
written and directed
by Ian McDonald

Thu. 2/10 @ 8pm
Sat. 2/12 @ 7:30pm
Sun. 2/13 @ 1pm

Leeds Theatre
77 Waterman St.


The Darkson Chronicles
by Theo Goodell
directed by Kristan Seemel

Fri. 2/11 @ 10pm
Sat. 2/12 @ 3pm
Sun. 2/13 @ 5pm

Leeds Theatre
77 Waterman St.


by Rachel Jendrzejewski
direction and installation by Megan & Murray McMillan

Sat. 2/12 @ 1pm
Sat. 2/12 @ 10pm
Sun. 2/13 @ 7pm

Pell Chafee
Performance Center
87 Empire St.