A Collection of "Provocative Tales" Comprise Theater Emory's 2012-2013 Season

Photo Credit: Ann Borden

August 21, 2012

Theater Emory announces its 2012-2013 season, “Provocative Tales: Eccentrics, Beasts, & Misfits,” focusing on new adaptations and stagings of the powerful and timeless stories of Chekhov, Dario Fo and the Grimm Brothers. 

New to Theater Emory this year is the “Breaking Ground” series, a laboratory for exploring new work that is open to Atlanta artists, students, alumni and faculty. Artists are invited to use this series of informal Monday evenings, beginning September 10, to present work in progress, preview more finished work in front of an audience in order to acquire feedback, and explore raw ideas and innovative approaches to beginning the process of development. 

“This fall we are bringing the provocative and edgy worlds of Dario Fo and the Grimm tales into modern culture and pop iconography. It’s a sort of collision of the zeitgeist of our contemporary society and the old, familiar stories from childhood,” says Janice Akers, artistic director for Theater Emory. “In the spring, we are following Chekhov’s wild eccentrics in his brilliant masterpiece, “The Cherry Orchard” and in “Watching Chekhov Watching,” an evening of original adaptations of Chekhov stories into theater and film.” 

The 2012-2013 season jumps off with Dario Fo’s “The Comic Mysteries (Mystero Buffo),” translated by Ed Emery; a lively, street-theater style comedy presented by students and professional actors. Directed by Donald McManus, “The Comic Mysteries” (September 27-29) confronts contemporary attitudes about spirituality and politics using ancient comic techniques. 

Theater Emory continues its dedication to producing new work with “Grim, Grimmer, Grimmest: Tales of a Precarious Nature,” November 8-18. Conceived and directed by Janice Akers and originally developed in the 2011 Brave New Works festival, “Grim Grimmer Grimmest” takes modern, urban travelers into the shocking, forbidden, and magical stories of the Brothers Grimm and drops them into places of disequilibrium and transformation. 

The spring semester starts with “Watching Chekhov Watching” February 14-24, three original adaptations of the master storyteller’s short stories into theater and film. Theater faculty Michael Evenden and Lisa Paulsen along with Emory alum, Nicholas Surbey  (‘10C) reimagine Chekhov’s mesmerizing tales of daily life and the absurd complexities of human impulse. 

The season ends with Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” April 4-14, a moving comedy about the necessity of letting go of what we love. Every moment is ephemeral in this story of childish misfits who live in the past or the future rather than the present. Written by a dying Chekhov, “The Cherry Orchard” is a masterpiece about transition that itself transitioned theater into a new age. 

For tickets and information, visit arts.emory.edu or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404.727.5050. 


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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.