Writing is Live 2014 Festival

Writing Is Live 2014 – A Festival of Writers in Process  

**Admission to the festival is free. Tickets are available online through EVENTBRITE.COM. Seating is limited and any seats that have not been reserved will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call 401-863-2838 or email boxoffice@brown.edu with questions.*** (festival schedule). For questions about Rites and Reason and the production of Wandaland.

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Welcome to the fifth annual Writing is Live festival, a presentation of new works featuring plays by writers in Brown’s graduate Writing for Performance Program.  Writing is Live celebrates the diversity and strength of new theatrical voices while simultaneously exploring the meaning of text in performance. Works in the festival may be presented in complete and incomplete forms, be narrative and imagistic, or compact or durational, so that the festival emphasizes the idea of what it means to be Live. It also provides space for the development and evolution of new work in conversation with writers, directors, actors, designers, and the audience. 

 The festival (formerly the New Plays Festival) is made possible through support from an endowed fund for the Adele Kellenberg Seaver ’49 Professorship in Literary Arts. At the heart of the festival are productions by graduating writers Casey Llewellyn and Laura Colella, which are produced fully with the support of Brown TAPS and Brown/Trinity M.F.A.  Other events include readings and workshops of plays by the other four M.F.A. candidates; Katie Pearl, Katie Ka Vang, Dalia Taha and Rick Burkhardt.  The plays are acted and directed by students in the Brown/Trinity M.F.A. program, Brown University’s undergraduate programs and the community at large.

 A chief and storied site for the formation of playwrights, Brown’s graduate Writing for Performance program grants its students broad inventive license while offering close mentorship and profound resources in the department, the university, and the greater local to international communities.  Run by playwright Erik Ehn, the program cultivates writers dedicated to the athletic development of their craft, the deep interrogation of the forms and purposes of their art (and of the place of art in the larger world), and a leaning into faithful transformation of society through theatrical action.  Alumni of the program include Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics, Pulitzer Prize), Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House, In the Next Room, Pulitzer Nominee, MacArthur Genius Grantee), and Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights, Water by the Spoonful, Pulitzer-Prize winner).

In addition to the six Writing for Performance projects, join us at Rights & Reason Theatre (Feb 20-23) for Wandaland, a new play by Ifa Bayeza and directed by Carl Hancock Rux. This unique collaborative production offers Brown students the opportunity to work intimately with two premiere, interdisciplinary theatre artists on the development and evolution of a vital, new American work. Don't miss the undergraduate new plays readings inlate February. Details coming soon.

 If you have any questions or to schedule an interview with any of the festival’s participants, including the graduating M.F.A. playwrights, please contact us at taps@brown.edu. 

The Schedule:
(All Performances take place in LEEDS THEATRE 83 Waterman St.)

Action: (showings Jan 29 –Feb 9)
MFA3 writers prepare a more complete proposal with a completed script that is produced with the support of a design team.  

The Body which is the Town
Written by Casey Llewellyn
Directed by Mia Rovegno
Music Composed by Rick Burkhardt
January 29th-February 1st (Wed-Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 3pm) 

Magic Hour
Written by Laura Colella
Co-directed by Laura Colella and Aaron Jungels
February 6th-February 9th (Thu-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 3pm)  

Atelier: (showings Jan 29 –Feb 9)
MFA2 writers will work in a development process that begins to sketch in the physical space of the work. These workshops are produced with minimal technical elements.  

Written by Katie Ka Vang
Directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell
January 31st & February 1st (Fri @ 4pm, Sat @ 8pm)   

Written by Katie Pearl
Directed by Melissa Kievman
February 8th & 9th (Sat @ 4pm, Sun @ 8pm)   

Articulation (showings Jan 29 –Feb 9)
MFA1 writers prepare script-in-hand readings with the collaboration of MFA directors. 

As cheesy as love and war.
Written by Dalia Taha
Directed by Flordelino Lagundino
January 30th & February 1st (Thu @ 4pm, Sat @ noon)   

The Panels
Written by Rick Burkhardt
Directed by James D. Palmer
February 8th & February 9th (Sat @ noon, Sun @ noon)   

Rites & Reason Theatre (Feb 20-23)
A collaborative production offering Brown students the opportunity to work intimately with two premiere, interdisciplinary theatre artists on the development and evolution of a vital, new American work.

Written by Ifa Bayeza
Directed by Carl Hancock Rux
February 20th-23rd (Thu-Sat @ 7pm, Sun @ 3pm)