Georgia Writers Showcased in 2016 Brave New Works Festival

January 20, 2016

ATLANTA—The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory announces the 2016 Brave New Works festival, taking place January 25 through February 13 in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The biennial festival brings professional playwrights, adaptors, composers, and directors together with student and professional actors to produce new work at Emory.

This year’s festival shines a spotlight on the wealth of artists producing exciting and challenging work right here in Georgia. “In 2016, we are proud to feature world-class writers who have put down roots in Atlanta,” said Lisa Paulsen, director of the Playwriting Center. “The scripts they are preparing for Brave New Works are as flavorful and fresh as Atlanta itself.”

Presentations include an adaptation of Jericho Brown’s award-winning collection of poetry, “Please,” a screenplay from David Garrett that places Georg Buchner’s “Woyzeck” in the world of an African-American cop working in present-day Atlanta, and an exciting new piece from playwright Jim Grimsley set in an imagined future when the modern world has collapsed back into slavery and serfdom.

2016 – 2018 Playwriting Fellowship Series

In addition to Georgia-grown work, Brave New Works 2016 presents selections of plays from Emory’s 2016-2018 Playwriting Fellowship finalists. 

The playwriting fellowship provides the selected promising young playwright with a two-year residency and the opportunity to teach courses at Emory, continue developing new work, and connect with the Atlanta theater community.

“My time at Emory has been absolutely invaluable,” said Emory’s inaugural playwriting fellow, Edith Freni. “I was challenged to expand my ideas about what it means to teach young theater makers and supported in my efforts to engage the broader Atlanta theater community; to become an active participant in that community—one that is vibrant, welcoming, and committed to the development of new work.”

Brave New Works presentations include:

  • January 29, 7 p.m.: “The Younger,” is the story of one woman’s desperate quest to bring scholar and philosopher Seneca back to Rome following his expulsion. Written by Ann Hughes (17C) and directed by Jeremy Cohen.
  • January 31, 2 p.m.: “Here to Love You Uncomfortable,” the stage adaptation of Jericho Brown’s “Please,” an exploration of the intersections of love and violence, African American male identity and sexuality. Adapted by Jericho Brown and Snehal Desai.
  • February 12, 7 p.m.: “King James,” David Garrett’s screenplay adaptation of Georg’s Buchner’s “Woyzeck,” a story of poverty, morality, madness, and violence set in present-day Atlanta.
  • February 13, 7 p.m.: Jim Grimsley’s “The Looking Glass” tells the story of Widow Evangeline Norris, whose history is similar to the infamous 17th century figure Elizabeth Bathory, “The Blood Countess.” Directed by Joseph Megel.

For more information and a complete list of events, visit All events will take place in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. All presentations are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended due to limited seating. Reservations can be made by visiting the Brave New Works webpage at