- Associate Director for Programing and Outreach
ATLANTA—Theater Emory opens the 2018-2019 season with a rotating repertory of three productions, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,” “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,” and “The Moors,” from Oct. 23 – Nov. 11 in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. Ticket discounts are available for attending all three productions.
Presenting in a rotating repertory allows audiences to experience Theater Emory’s diverse but thematically connected productions, all within a three-week span. The re-purpose of set within the same space creates a collaborative and challenging design process.
“This repertory production provides a terrific educational opportunity for our students and professionals while affording the audience the unique experience of seeing thematically linked productions connected through space,” says Brent Glenn, artistic director for Theater Emory. “The range of human desire is explored through three different perspectives creating a prism revealing common desires."
“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. Listed by the New York Times as one of the 25 best American plays written in the last 25 years, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,” won 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 Emmy Award nominated Netflix series, “Glow.”
“This is a brilliant play,” says director and faculty member, Lydia Fort. “It’s humor and high-octane energy jolts you awake, but it is the play’s statement on American culture that is the kick in the gut.” This production features an all-professional cast with performances October 23, 24, November 3, 8 & 9 at 7:30 p.m. and November 4 at 2 p.m.
“We Are Proud to Present…” 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 exposes the story of the first genocide of the twentieth century.
Little explains, “this is one of those plays that makes you laugh, think and cringe, which is what makes it so compelling and relevant to what's going on in our world today.” Performances are October 25, 26, 30, 31 & November 10 at 7:30 p.m. and November 11 at 2 p.m.
“The Moors,” by award-winning playwright Jen Silverman, features an all-student cast. In this dark comedy two sisters and a dog dream of love and power on the bleak English moors. Performances are October 27, November 1, 2, 6, & 7 at 7:30 p.m. and October 28 at 2 p.m.
“This is one of those rare plays that upon first reading, I was surprised, intrigued and laughing at each turn of the page,” says director and Emory alumnus, Matt Huff. “The moors themselves are a character in this play, and one to be feared. Playwright Jen Silverman has created a fascinating concoction of a play to be able to conjure up emotional extremes of loneliness, longing, love, heartbreak, eroticism, suspense, horror and still find room for plenty of humor and delight is a genuine gift.”
Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 discount category members, and $5 for industry members and all students through the Arts at Emory Box Office online or at 404-727-5050. Patrons can attend all three shows for the price of two when all tickets are purchased together at one time in person or by phone. Pay-What-You-Wish Nights are October 24, 31 and November 6. For additional information on Theater Emory’s Fall Repertory visit theater.emory.edu.
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.