Theater Emory Announces 2018-2019 Season

July 26, 2018

ATLANTA—Theater Emory presents a season of collaborative repertory, guest artists, and new work by faculty.

Brent Glenn, artistic director for Theater Emory, introduces the upcoming season as "all about the way we communicate, as a country, as citizens, as creators. How do we express our needs? How do we interpret information from others? And how do we arrive at places of common ground?"

The season opens with a rotating repertory of three productions from Oct. 23 – Nov. 11 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. Ticket discounts are available for attending all three productions:

"The Moors," by award winning playwright Jen Silverman will be directed by Emory alumnus Matt Huff, and features and all-student cast. In this dark comedy two sisters and a dog dream of love and power on the bleak English moors.

"We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884–1915," by Jackie Sibblies Drury and directed by Clark University Atlanta faculty Eric J. Little, features a mixed cast of student and professional actors. This comedic drama explores the story of the first genocide of the twentieth century.

"The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," by Kristoffer Diaz is a satirical smack-down of culture, stereotypes, and geopolitics set in the world of wrestling entertainment. Directed by Lydia Fort, this production features an all-professional cast. "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," is the winner of the 2011 Obie award for Best New American Play and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Audiences may be familiar with Diaz’s work as a writer for the popular Netflix series, "Glow."

The fall semester closes with visiting performance artist, Sara Juli’s "Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis," Nov. 29 – 30 in the theater lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. This free solo performance is about motherhood­–its beauty, challenges, isolation, comedy, and influence on the human experience. The presentation of Sara Juli’s "Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis," is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The spring semester opens with a workshop presentation in collaboration with National Black Theater entitled "Zoohouse," by Aurin Squire. Directed by Emory faculty Lydia Fort, this free, one-night-only reading takes place on February 16 in the theater lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

The season concludes with "The Tatischeff Café,” April 4-14 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. Written by Emory faculty, John Ammerman and co-directed by John Ammerman and Clinton Thornton, "The Tatischeff Café," is a comic pantomime with music, magic, and a host of eccentric characters in tribute to the great filmmaker and mime Jacques Tati.

"Visually, it's a season about physicality, about movement, wrestling, humor, violence. We'd love the world to be simple in black and white, but it's a myriad of grays. We lack certainty, lack definition, and that can be frightening. This season is about what we carry forward after the curtain falls," concludes Glenn.

Tickets for Theater Emory’s 2018-2019 season go on sale Aug. 1 through the Arts at Emory Box Office in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Free events reservations will be available at theater.emory.edu one month prior to each performance. For additional information, visit theater.emory.edu

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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.