Writing is Live 2012

(February 3-13, 2012)

Writing is Live 2012 PosterWriting is Live 2012 PosterThe Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University proudly announces the third annual Writing is Live festival, a presentation of new works featuring six 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. This year, the festival presents readings and workshops of new plays by four graduate theatre artists from Brown, including Victor I. Cazares, , Margaret Namulyanga, Laura Colella, and Casey Llewellyn, as well as the workshop production of a new play by Jenna Spencer at Brown’s Rites and Reason Theatre, and a play by undergraduate TAPS concentrator Samuel Barasch.  The plays are acted and directed by students in the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. program, Brown University’s undergraduate programs and the community at large.

With any questions or to schedule an interview with any of the festival’s participants, including the graduating M.F.A. playwrights, please contact us at writingislive@gmail.com

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.

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Written and Directed by Laura Colella

Fri. 2/3 @ 7:30pm
Sat. 2/4 @ 2:00pm
Leeds Theatre
77 Waterman St.


Our Town
Written by Casey Llewellyn
Directed by Taibi Magar

Sat. 2/4 @ 7:30pm
Sun. 2/5 @ 2:00pm
Leeds Theatre
77 Waterman St


Workshop Productions:

He is Here He Says I Say
Written by Margaret Namulyanga
Directed by Heidi Handelsman

Thu. 2/9 @ 7:30pm
Sat. 2/11 @ 7:30pm
Leeds Theatre
77 Waterman St.


Religiones Gringas
Written by Victor I. Cazares
Directed by Shana Gozansky

Fri. 2/10 @ 7:30pm
Sun. 2/12 @ 2:00pm
Leeds Theatre
77 Waterman St.


June's Blood
Written byJenna Spencer
Directed by Constance Crawford

Fri. 2/10 @ 5:00pm
Sat. 2/11 @ 2:00pm
Sun. 2/12 @ 7:00pm
Rites and Reason
155 Angell St.


Trigger Hand
Written by Samuel Barasch
Directed by Leandro Zaneti

Fri. 2/10 @ 8:00pm
Sat. 2/11 @ 8:00pm
Sun. 2/12 @ 2:00 &8:00pm
Mon 2/13 @ 8pm
PW Downspace
7 Young Orchard Ave