The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory presents Brave New Works 2020

January 27, 2020

ATLANTA – The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory announces the 2020 Brave New Works Festival, happening January 31 through February 16 in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Highlighting new from world-class artists, the biennial festival brings professional playwrights, directors, composers, and dramaturgs together to work on new scripts with a company of student and professional actors.

Week one of Brave New Works includes: “The Use of Wildflowers,” new work from Emory University Playwriting Fellow Kimberly Belflower; “The Hands That Could,” new work from Emory University Playwriting Fellow Josh Wilder; and “One Thousand Years of Sacred Music and Two Americans,” from Brendan Pelsue with music by Matthew Suttor.

Week two ties in the Playwriting Center’s 4:48, inspired by Paula Vogel’s playwriting Bake-Off process. Four playwrights lock themselves away for two days of furious writing, at the end of which they will have four brand new, full length plays based around the same source material. This year, the source material is “The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming” by David Wallace-Wells. The playwrights are Edith Freni, David Garrett, Jim Grimsley, and Scott Turner Schofield. 4:48 is produced in partnership with Emory’s Center for the Study of Human Health.

Week three of Brave New Works features the third 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, fellows Kimberly Belflower and Josh Wilder selected students Julia Byrne and Anneka Rose whose plays will be developed during Brave New Works, culminating in staged readings directed by Emory alumna Park Krausen. 

Week three continues with the Edinburgh Fringe Project: “The Dark Hound of Malleus” by the Theater Emory Touring Ensemble. Brave New Works finishes with the Lenaia Playwriting Festival, comprised of student-written work.

Brave New Works 2020 play presentations include:

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

Accessible seating for those with special needs may be reserved by calling 404-727-7212 for non-ticketed events. Accommodation requests should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event.