The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory presents Brave New Works 2018

January 23, 2018

The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory announces the 2018 Brave New Works festival, happening February 2-17 in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Highlighting new work and adaptations from world-class artists, the biennial festival brings professional playwrights, composers, directors, and dramaturgs together to work on new scripts with a company of student and professional actors.

Scripts in development include three faculty-written projects: “Kings are Killed,” the newest work from Emory University Playwriting Fellow Jiréh Breon Holder; an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s short story “Rothschild’s Fiddle” by theater studies professor Donald McManus; and “Wooden Nickels” from creative writing and English professor Joseph Skibell.

This year’s Brave New Works also features the second iteration of the Fellow’s Fellowship Program. Originated by inaugural Emory University Playwriting Fellow, Edith Freni, the Fellow’s Fellowship Program identifies and mentors promising Emory student playwrights who have completed the first draft of a full-length play. This year, Jiréh Breon Holder selected students Lindsay McNair Patton and Roz Sullivan-Lovett whose plays will be developed during Brave New Works, culminating in staged readings directed by Atlanta’s David Crowe. 

In “A Road to a Dream: Scenes from Buford Highway,” Atlanta playwright Mark Valdez explores stories gathered from his work with several Buford Highway communities over the last 18 months. Commissioned by the Alliance Theatre, this play is workshopped in partnership with Emory’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

“As Atlanta continues to grow into an even more significant arts arena, it seems fitting that Brave New Works focuses on Atlanta artists and the city itself,” says Brent Glenn, artistic director at Theater Emory. “Whether the work is influenced by the lives of the city’s talented playwrights or the many communities of Buford Highway, Atlanta’s influence is present and palpable.” 

In addition to the new play readings, Brave New Works 2018 includes an exhibition from visual artist, theater studies lecturer, and resident scenic artist and properties coordinator with Theater Emory, Sara Culpepper. In "Uhtceare. An Exploration of Grief," showing through February 25 in the Chace Upper Lobby of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Culpepper deals with the loss of her mother and how memory and music can be expressed through painting. An opening event will be held Friday, February 2 at 6 p.m. in the Chace Upper Lobby. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested.

Brave New Works 2018 play presentations include: 

  • February 3 at 7:30 p.m.: “Kings are Killed” by Jiréh Breon Holder, directed by Justin Anderson
  • February 7 at 7:30 p.m.: “Rothschild’s Fiddle” by Anton Chekhov, adapted for the stage by Donald McManus, co-directed by Aldo Magnifico and Adam Friedman
  • February 10 at 7:30 p.m.: “A Road to a Dream: Scenes from Buford Highway” by Mark Valdez, directed by Elizabeth Dinkova
  • February 16 at 7:30 p.m.: “The Quest” by Lindsay McNair Patton and “Henry Darger Takes a Walk” by Roz Sullivan-Lovett directed by David Crowe
  • February 17 at 7:30 p.m.: “Wooden Nickels” by Joseph Skibell, directed by Tim McDonough 

All presentations are free and open to the public and take place in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Reservations are requested. For more information, visit