Theater Emory's 2013-2014 Season of Shakespeare, New Plays, and Dance-Theater

Jessica Ennis in <em>Grim, Grimmer, Grimmest: Tales of a Precarious Nature.</em> Photo by Ann Borden.

August 26, 2013

In its 2013-2014 season, Theater Emory is exploring identity, Shakespeare, new work and the cosmos by producing classics with a fresh approach and creating innovative pieces. In addition to maintaining a focus on original work, this year Theater Emory deepens connections within the Emory community and beyond through visiting artists residencies, informal artist laboratories, and first-time collaborations with other Emory faculty and departments. 

Fall¿s focus on Shakespeare 

The 2013-14 season opens with ¿I am not that I play (gender and disguise),¿ September 26-October 6. Adapted and directed by chair of Theater Studies, Tim McDonough, this production explores five of Shakespeare¿s plays in which heroines disguise themselves as young men. These ¿breeches¿ roles will be the focus of an investigation into identity and confusion, fidelity and betrayal, freedom and constraint, appearance and reality, and the urge both to conceal and reveal oneself.

Theater Emory¿s foray into Shakespeare continues with ¿Macbeth¿ November 14-24, directed by Clinton Wade Thornton. Shakespeare¿s tragedy of ambition unfolds in a timeless world that combines modern technology with raw Scottish history. In this exciting re-imagining of one of Shakespeare¿s most powerful tragedies, Theater Emory throws new light on the dark psychology of Macbeth.

Spring¿s Original Works

The ¿Brave New Works¿ festival of new play readings and exploratory workshops returns January 28-February 16. Presented by the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, Brave New Works brings playwrights, adaptors, composers, and dramaturgs to Emory¿s campus to work on plays in development with a combined company of student and professional actors. Brave New Works provides an opportunity to be a part of the playwright's process and to experience the excitement of the first public staged reading of a play.  Visit theater.emory.edu or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 starting in January 2014 for project titles, dates, and times. 

Theater Emory¿s season closes with ¿Free/Fall: Explorations of Inner and Outer Space,¿ April 3-13. Directed by Theater Emory artistic director Janice Akers and created in collaboration with choreographers George Staib, and Lori Teague and composer Kendall Simpson of the Emory Dance Program, this performance project begins with the notion of a man falling twenty-four miles from space and the impulse to ¿go ahead and jump.¿  Through the disciplines of theater and dance, Theater Emory explores human nature, risk, relationships, flight, and how like the forces of the cosmos we can be. 

Visiting Artists 

Theater Emory¿s dedication to exposing students, faculty, and audiences to innovative creative processes and unique perspectives on making theater moves forward this year with workshops conducted by a number of national and international artists as well as the continuation of the Breaking Ground series. 

This year¿s Breaking Ground follows the success of the series¿ summer component in which performance artists were given a week to develop new work in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.  Students observed rehearsals and participated in the creative process. Beginning September 9th, Breaking Ground returns to its academic year format as a laboratory for exploring new work that is open to the Atlanta arts community, nationally recognized guest artists, students, alumni and faculty. Artists are invited to use this series of informal Monday evenings to present work in progress, preview more finished work in front of an audience to acquire feedback, or to explore ideas and innovative approaches in the earliest phase of development. 

November brings Israeli troupe Dimona Culture Lab¿s exquisitely choreographed clown show for adult audiences, ¿No(Se)OneNoWhere,¿ to Atlanta¿s 7 Stages for a limited engagement (November 14-17). During their visit, Dimona artist Ofir Nahari will conduct a unique clowning workshop at Emory, taking students on a journey to a ¿funny upside down world¿ where hardly any words are spoken and the clown evolves from within. 

On January 23, Theater Emory presents ¿Harabel¿ by Gypsee Yo (Albanian performance artist and Atlanta resident Jonida Beqo). With her art, Beqo, a former Southern Queen of Slam (2008) and Atlanta¿s Slam Champion (2006-2009), blurs the lines between theater, dance, storytelling, spoken word, and slam poetry. During her time on campus, Beqo will conduct a workshop for students exploring the creation process for one-person shows.

Finally, Philadelphia¿s Pig Iron Theatre Company introduces Emory students to their process for creating exuberant performance works that defy easy categorization through a series of evening workshops April 15-20. The award-winning company calls itself a ¿dance-clown-theatre-ensemble¿ and has toured their twenty-four original works to festivals around the world. 

Other visiting artists this year include:  Emily Johnson, a physical theater performer with Catalystdance, and Kali Quinn, teaching artist with Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program and the stateside affiliate with the Accademia dell¿Arte, Arezzo Italy.

For more information on the Theater Emory 2013-2014 season, visit theater.emory.edu. For tickets visit arts.emory.edu or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404.727.5050. 

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Theater Emory
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.