Writing is Live

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Writing is Live is an annual festival that celebrates the range and strength of new theatrical voices while simultaneously exploring the meaning of text in performance.

Performance writing takes forms complete and incomplete, narrative and imagistic, compact and durational. As such, the festival plays with the idea of the live, allowing the development and evolution of new work in conversation with the writer, directors, actors, designers, and audience.  All are collaborators in the exciting life of the new performance script. Every year, the festival presents a combination of readings and workshop productions of new plays by graduate theatre artists from Brown University and one or more productions by undergraduate Writing for Performance concentrators. The plays are acted and directed by students in the Brown/Trinity MFA program, Brown University’s undergraduate programs, and the community at large.

  • Readings: A focus on notation. Writers envision a play world and explore the possibilities of text to create a script intended for performance. 
  • Workshops: Mix the elements of time, space, and broader collaborative conversations to consider how the script engages within a more robust and dynamic presentation. 
  • Thesis Productions follow through on earlier experiments in rehearsal to public performance, engaging with the writer’s root definitions of a public. How and who are assembled, and what’s their job before, during, and after the show?

Writing Is Live (formerly the New Plays Festival) is made possible through support from an endowed fund for the Adele Kellenberg Seaver ’49 Professorship in Literary Arts.

WRITING IS LIVE 2018

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SCHEDULE

February 5
5:00 P.M: Dry Swallow by Lucas Baisch ’20 MFA (reading)
8:00 P.M: Kemps by Emma Horwitz ’20 MFA (reading)

February 8
8:00 P.M: Mirage by Kyla Searle ’19 MFA (workshop)

February 9
8:00 P.M: miku, and the gods by Julia Izumi ’19 MFA (workshop)

February 10
1:00 P.M: Kemps by Emma Horwitz ’20 MFA (reading)
4:00 P.M: Mirage by Kyla Searle ’19 MFA (workshop)
8:00 P.M: miku, and the gods by Julia Izumi ’19 MFA (workshop)

February 11
1:00 P.M: Dry Swallow by Lucas Baisch ’20 MFA (reading)
4:00 P.M: miku, and the gods by Julia Izumi ’19 MFA (workshop)
8:00 P.M: Mirage by Kyla Searle ’19 MFA (workshop)

PLAYS, PLAYWRIGHTS & ARTISTS

Dry Swallow by Lucas Baisch ’20 MFA
Directed by Ken-Matt Martin
Cast:
Tatyana-Marie Carlo
Viraj Gandhi
Cloteal Horne
Alexander de Vasconcelos Matos
Olivia Miller
Athena Washburn ’18

Lucas Baisch is a playwright and visual artist, originally from San Francisco. His work has been read and developed at Chicago Dramatists, InFusion Theatre Company, Salonathon, Victory Gardens Theater, Links Hall, Gloucester Stage, American Theatre Company, The Neo-Futurists, The Wulfden, The DeYoung Museum, SF Playground, etc. Productions include: The Scavengers (The Healy Theater at Depaul University), A Measure of Normalcy (Gloucester Stage Company), and Zipped & Pelted (The Wulfden/Chicago Fringe). He has been commissioned as a member of The Goodman Theatre’s 2016-17 Playwrights Unit, and is in development of a new play for young audiences for Adventure Stage Chicago. He has held residencies at Gloucester Stage Company and as an artist in residence at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Brown, and holds a BFA in playwriting from DePaul University. To learn more visit www.lucasbaisch.com

Kemps by Emma Horwitz ’20 MFA
Directed by Addie Gorlin
Cast:
Anita Castillo-Halvorssen
Kalyne Coleman
Katie Croyle
Caitlin Duffy
Danielle Dorfman
Lizzy Lewis
Haley Schwartz
Lindsey Steinert
Jack Dryden

Emma Horwitz is a writer from New York City. Her work in theater has been produced or developed with Two Headed Rep @ The Workshop Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Dixon Place, Fresh Ground Pepper, Tiny Rhino, The Tank’s Pridefest, The Flea, and elsewhere. Her work in fiction has appeared in the print and online journals Vol 1. Brooklyn’s Sunday Stories, Joyland Magazine, Two Serious Ladies, Split Lip Magazine, Moon Missives, The Whale, Baby Teeth, Y-Magazine, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Her most recent work in film can be found at powerlunchthewebseries.com & she is currently developing a movie script for Route One Productions. She is a subcommittee member for the American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award, and formerly worked as the literary manager Alchemation. She was an inaugural winter writing resident at Arts Letters and Numbers. She received her B.A. in the Written Arts from Bard College, and is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Brown University.

Mirage by Kyla Searle ’19 MFA
Directed by Josiah Davis
Cast:
Kalyne Coleman
Katie Croyle
Danielle Dorfman
Caitlin Duffy
Maria Rosado

Kyla Searle is an artist, producer and educator. Her work and practice have been developed through the Institute for Theatre in the Jazz Aesthetic, the Hemispheric Institute, the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has worked with Links Hall, New Dramatists, Soho Rep, La Mama ETC, and received recognition from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. As a dramaturg she works with artists such as Daniel Alexander Jones and Sharon Bridgforth. Her work in theater-based research has been presented at the Art in Society Conference, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, New York University and the New School. She holds a BA in Metropolitan Studies, minor in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MA in Interdisciplinary Research from New York University. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Brown University.

miku, and the gods By Julia Izumi ’19 MFA
Directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo
Cast:
Will Adams
Anwar Ali
Anita Castillo-Halvorssen
Joelle Heller*
Cloteal Horne
Evan Horwitz
Ricardy Fabre
Alexander de Vasconcelos Matos
Olivia Miller
Hannah Ngo*
Haley Schwartz
Antonio Woodard

Julia Izumi is a playwright, performer, and penguin. She has had plays performed and developed at Theater for the New City, WOW Cafe Theatre, New Ohio Theater, Dixon Place, The Martin E. Segal Center, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, On the Verge Summer Repertory, A-Squared Theatre Workshop, The Habitat Theatre Company, Tufts University, and the NY International Fringe Festival. Past memberships include the BMI Librettists Workshop, the Beehive Collective, and the Artistic Committee of The Brewing Dept. She is a recipient of a New York Society Library’s Emerging Women’s Artist Grant, a Puffin Artists’ Grant, a First Floor Studio Residency at HB Studio with director Logan Reed, and a Fresh Ground Pepper PlayGround PlayGroup Residency. Her musical, Hot Cross Buns, co-written by composer Grace Oberhofer, recently had a reading as part of the inaugural Corkscrew Theater Festival. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Brown University and was selected for the Theater Masters National MFA Playwrights Festival.