Theater Emory presents "Global Voices: Spring Staged Readings"

January 14, 2015

Theater Emory's 2014-2015 season exploring "Global Perspectives" continues this month with "Global Voices: Spring Staged Readings," January 27 - February 21 in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

"Global Voices," a series of staged readings from thirteen culturally diverse playwrights, continues Theater Emory's yearlong celebration of the exciting work of different writers and their approaches to creating culturally-charged theater.

"These are playwrights who have ripped open topics of social significance and are demanding we give them fresh attention," says Janice Akers, artistic director of Theater Emory. "This work is provocative, fresh, and certainly not landing softly in the theater community. These plays are literally upending notions of culture, race, religion, family, and even history."

Guest playwrights, directors, performers, and students will participate in this opportunity to view the world, family and politics through a fresh lens. "These playwrights are particularly compelling because they give us surprising - even startling - new ways to consider who we are and what we expect from one another," explains Akers. "In a way, these writers are reminding us that there is not one American identity and not one American theater."

The voices range from Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, whose ferocious, rule-breaking portrayals of racial stereotypes make him one of the most courageous, risk-taking playwrights writing today, to winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama, Ayad Akhtar ("Disgraced"). During "Global Voices," Theater Emory presents Akhtar's play, "The Who & The What;" a work set in Atlanta that addresses two contemporary Muslim women who grapple with the sacred texts of their upbringing and how they conflict with their 21st century identities and lives.

Readings also include the work of award-winning playwright and Emory alum Lauren Gunderson, Israeli writer Joshua Sobol, the plays of three Native American writers: Marie Clements, Jack Dalton and Diane Glancy, along with plays from theater faculty member John Ammerman, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Emory alum Snehal Desai, Emory University Playwriting Fellow Edith Freni, Anne García-Romero, and Zhu Yi. Dalton, Glancy, Ammerman, Desai, Freni, García-Romero, and Yi will also be in residence at Emory during their readings.

Theater Emory presents "Global Voices: Spring Staged Readings" January 27-February 21 in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. All readings are free, but reservations are recommended. Audience members who attend six or more readings receive free entry to the private Global Voices Trip Around the World Closing Party, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. Frequent Flyer punch cards are available at any reading. For a complete list of readings and to make a reservation, visit


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.