Writing is Live 2013 Festival

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Our annual exploration of writing in encounter with live public exchange.

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The fourth annual Writing is Live festival is a presentation of new works featuring 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 productions by graduating writers Victor I. Cazares and Margaret Namulyanga, produced fully with the support of Brown TAPS and Rites and Reason.  Other events include readings and workshops of plays by the other four M.F.A. candidates; Katie Pearl, Katie Ka Vang, Laura Colella and Casey Llewellyn.  New this year are two more weekends of programming focusing on readings of work by undergraduates in the Writing for Performance program and Production Workshop.

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.

A chief and storied site for the formation of playwrights, Brown’s graduate Writing for Performance program grants its students broad inventive license while offering close mentorship and profound resources in the department, the university, and the greater local to international communities.  Run by playwright Erik Ehn, the program cultivates writers dedicated to the athletic development of their craft, the deep interrogation of the forms and purposes of their art (and of the place of art in the larger world), and a leaning into faithful transformation of society through theatrical action.  Alumni of the program include Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics, Pulitzer Prize), Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House, In the Next Room, Pulitzer Nominee, MacArthur Genius Grantee), and Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful, Pulitzer-Prize winner).

The Schedule: (download the pdf)


For Tickets: 

Articulation (showings Jan 31-Feb 4)
MFA1 writers prepare script-in-hand readings with the collaboration of  MFA1 directors. 
Location: McCormack Family Theatre
Readings: *Times on Feb 2nd have been changed*
Lost Boys by Katie Pearl (Jan 31st@8pm & Feb 2nd @ 3pm)
Fast FWD Motions by Katie Ka Vang (Feb 1st@4pm & Feb 2nd@5pm

Atelier (showings Feb. 1-4)
MFA2 writers will work in a development process that begins to sketch in the physical armature of the work.  These workshops are produced with some costume and scenic elements.  
Location: Carriage House and Production Workshop
The Mechanical Opera by Casey Llewellyn (Feb 1st@8pm & Feb 3rd @ 4pm), Production Workshop
Back East Out West by Laura Colella (Feb 2nd@8pm & Feb 3rd@2pm), Carriage House 

Action (showings Feb. 7-10)
MFA3 writers prepare a more complete proposal with a completed script that is produced with the support of a design team. 
Location: Leeds Theatre and Rites & Reason Theatre. 
He Is Here He Says I Say by Margaret Namulyanga
(Feb 7th@8pm, Feb 9th@2pm & Feb 10th@5pm), Rites & Reason Theatre
Ramses Contra los Monstruos by Victor Cazares (Feb 8-9@8pm & Feb 10th@2pm), Leeds Theatre 

Undergraduate weekend (Feb. 15-17)
New in 2013,  the weekend of February 15-17 will showcase the workshop production of an undergraduate’s play produced by Rites and Reason through its Research to Performance Method (RPM)  as well as script in hand readings of work by writers studying in the Writing for Performance program. 

Friday Feb 15
6pm Bryan Smith's  LOCKED OUT
8pm Anne Kocher's LAUREN, BEE

Saturday  Feb 16
3pm Theo Peck-Suzuki's GRASPING FOR ORANGES
with FolkThought directly following
8pm Arianna Geneson's LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER 

3pm  Muna Idriss' THE CHASTE ONES
with FolkThought directly following

Play Descriptions:
LOCKED OUT by Bryan Smith (Friday, Feb. 15 at 6pm)
A modern farce that plays on old, comedic conventions in new,
exciting ways! The carefree superintendent of an apartment complex
begins to realize just how much trouble a locked door can cause as he
attempts to help his building tenants save their marriages, their jobs, and
even their lives.

LAUREN, BEE by Anne Kocher (Friday, Feb. 15 at 8pm)
"Lauren, Bee, is a story of [young] love. Where there's smoke,
there's [something dire]."

GRASPING FOR ORANGES by Theo Peck-Suzuki (Saturday, February 16 at 3pm)
A play about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

LAST OF THE LIVING JEFFERSONS by Skylar Fox (Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6pm)
Tonight, the four last living descendants of Thomas Jefferson are
playing a one-night-only concert to raise money to get their tubes tied and
snipped. They're gonna end the Jefferson bloodline for good. And you're

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER by Arianna Geneson (Saturday Feb. 16 at 8pm)
A young woman seeks her identity through her mother's past and through relationships with men.

THE CHASTE ONES by Muna Idriss (Sunday Feb. 17 at 3pm)
A story of three (3) generations of East African Muslim women

Production Workshop Week (Feb. 26-March 2) 
Plays written by undergraduates and produced by Production Workshop as part of the Writing is Live Festival. Buy Tickets.

Tuesday, 2/26: 
"Co" by Tonya Riley 
8:00 pm

Wednesday, 2/27
"The Innards" by Uday Shriram
5:00 pm

Thursday, 2/28
"The Shape of the Entire" by Ben Freeman
7:00 pm

Friday, 3/1
"Raise the Rufa":
An Evening of Plays by Zach Rufa
11: 30 pm

Saturday, 3/2--THE MARATHON

12:00-1:00: "Life, a very reduced history" (Miles Robbins), "Seventy-One Degrees" (Celeste Cahn) and "One More Time with Feeling" (Alp Ozcelik)

1:00-2:00: "I do say…" (Adam Wyron) and "Rewind. Play. Fast-Forward" (Lela Mentekidou) 

2:00-3:00: "Box" (Ursula Raasted), "The Fire Monologues"
(Simon Henriques) and "There is Always Lunch"
(Emma Johnson)

3:00-4:00: "And in Ashen Tides We Shall be Revealed"
(Alejandro Garcia Morales), "Eulogy for a Crow"
(Thom Finley) and "Book" (Eli Petzold)

4:00-5:00: "Death Poem" (Ben Freeman) and "A Wake for David’s Fucked-up Face" (Skylar Fox)

5:00-6:00: "Mothlight" (Alex Lee), "Raleigh, NC"
(Gabe Lozada) and "Appellation" (Mintaka Angell)