Theater Emory 2015-2016 Season Opens with Zhu Yi's "I AM A MOON"

September 10, 2015

With its 2015 – 2016 season, Theater Emory invites audiences to travel: to take a space flight in search of the haunted lady on the moon, to experience a mind-bending ride on radio waves, to explore the iconic forest of Arden where the question must be asked, “Does Shakespeare’s Arden actually exist, or is it just a state of mind?”

I AM A MOON by Zhu Yi
Kicking off the season on October 1, 2015, Zhu Yi’s “I AM A MOON” explores Eastern and Western perceptions of intimacy and self-image. Following a successful staged reading during the spring 2015 Global Voices festival, Yi’s play returns to Emory for a full production that runs October 1 – 10 in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Yi’s hauntingly beautiful play examines the wounds of love - craters, bruises, hickeys – the evidence of human connection.

“‘I AM A MOON’ is a story about all manner of love: obsessive and possessive, innocent and voyeuristic, adoring, misguided and meant to be. How we leave marks on one another,” says director Janice Akers “is the journey of Zhu Yi’s play.”

Yi’s characters seek something profound: connection, redemption, authenticity, and real love. “The Man” holds onto his memory of a Japanese actress whose pornographic films brought many young Asian men into adulthood. Angela is an explorer in search of her own authentic self, obsessed with the mysterious Man in the window across the way. Justin, the rocker, pines for a secret love and a different life but the paparazzi won’t leave him alone. High above these an others, an astronaut spins into lunar orbit, searching for the mythical Moon Lady.

Performances of I AM A MOON are October 1 – 3 and 7 – 10 at 7 p.m., and October 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now from the Arts at Emory Box Office in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Full price tickets are $20, $16 for discount category members, and $6 for students. Tickets are available online at arts.emory.edu/tickets, by phone (404.727.5050) or in person (discounts not available online). For additional Information visit theater.emory.edu.

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Theater Emory's Full 2015 - 2016 Season

I AM A MOON by Zhu Yi
Directed by Janice Akers
October 1 – 10, 2015

The Meantime: A Traveling Radio Spectacle
Created by Brent Glenn
November 5 – 15, 2015

Welcome to “The Meantime,” the only live radio show and coffee bar playing on Emory’s campus. A chaotic evening filled with comedy, horror, singing, dancing, romance, sound effects, and hot chocolate, “The Meantime” opens its doors in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater of the Dobbs University Center. Audiences are invited to step into a world that’s here and there, both past and present, yet not unlike their kitchen or living room.

Brave New Works 2016
January 26 – February 14, 2016
Reading times and dates TBA

The Playwriting Center at Theater Emory’s biennial playwriting festival, Brave New Works, returns to Emory’s campus in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. A festival of new play readings and exploratory workshops, this year’s Brave New Works features a theatrical adaptation of creative writing faculty member Jericho Brown’s book, “Please.” Emory alum Snehal Desai adapts the American Book Award-winning collection of poetry for the stage. In addition to this and other projects, Brave New Works 2016 will showcase the work of finalists for the Emory University 2016-2018 Fellowship in Playwriting.

Shakespeare’s As You Like It
All Male Version directed by Tim McDonough
All Female Version directed by Janice Akers
March 31 – April 10, 2016

Theater Emory launches its yearlong celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with the great romantic comedy “As You Like It.” As one character famously asks, “Can one desire too much of a good thing?” Theater Emory tackles this question head-on with two productions running in repertory: an all-male cast directed by Tim McDonough and an all-female cast directed by Jan Akers. Thrown into exile, fellow intrepid travellers seek out the forest of Arden to wrestle with questions of betrayal, new identities, freedom and true love. “As You Like It” runs in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater.

Special Events

Theater professors Tim McDonough and John Ammerman join the Emory Wind Ensemble and conductor Paul Bhasin for Music from the Stage and Screen, February 27, 2016 in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. William Walton’s “Suite from Henry V” is punctuated with Tim McDonough’s readings from Shakespeare’s text. John Ammerman delivers excerpts from John Steinback’s “The Red Pony” to the tune of Aaron Copland’s score from the 1949 film adaptation.

On April 23, Theater Emory hosts a Shakespeare Anniversary Celebration. In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s life and work, Theater Emory invites students and faculty, local artists, and community members to join together for a twelve-hour tribute featuring performances, refreshments, and ample merriment. Revelry lasts from noon to midnight at the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and other locations across campus.