Emory Playwriting Fellow Jiréh Breon Holder to Deliver Free Reading

January 26, 2017

ATLANTA (January 26, 2017)--Emory's 2016-2018 Fellow in Playwriting, Jiréh Breon Holder, delivers a free reading of selections from his play “50:13,”  Tuesday, Feburary 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of Emory University’s Woodruff Library. 

One of only a few of its kind, the Emory Playwriting Fellowship provides an emerging playwright the opportunity to explore creative pursuits while engaging passionate Emory students and the Atlanta theater community at large. Known for exploring political themes and everyday life in the South, Holder comes to Emory as an exciting new voice in American Theater. Lisa Paulsen, director of The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, describes Holder's work as "at once captivating and provocative."   

Holder is an Atlanta area playwright, dramaturg, and director. His plays have received readings at the Kennedy Center, Roundabout Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, and Pyramid Theatre Company. A former Kenny Leon Fellow at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, he holds a BA in drama from Morehouse College and an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama.

Jiréh was recently named the winner of the Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition for his play “Too Heavy For Your Pocket.” The Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition is a one-of-a-kind national competition that transitions student playwrights to the world of professional theater. Each year, final-year candidates in the country’s leading graduate playwriting programs are invited to enter the competition, with the winning play receiving a full production on the Alliance’s Hertz Stage. “Too Heavy For Your Pocket” is a beautifully written look at the personal cost and private struggles behind the public events of the Civil Rights Movement and premieres February 4 at the Alliance. Tickets for the production will be sold at the February 14 reading.

Jiréh Breon Holder gives a free reading of his work Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Room of Emory University’s Woodruff Library. For more information, visit arts.emory.edu.