Theater Emory's 2013-14 Season to Present Shakespeare, New Plays and Dance-Theater

In its 2013-2014 season, Theater Emory is exploring identity, Shakespeare, new work and the cosmos by producing classics with a fresh approach and creating innovative pieces. In addition to maintaining a focus on original work, this year Theater Emory deepens connections within the Emory community and beyond through visiting artists residencies, informal artist laboratories, and first-time collaborations with other Emory faculty and departments.

Fall's focus on Shakespeare

The 2013-14 season opens with "I am not that I play (gender and disguise)," September 26-October 6. Adapted and directed by chair of Theater Studies, Tim McDonough, this production explores five of Shakespeare's plays in which heroines disguise themselves as young men. These "breeches" roles will be the focus of an investigation into identity and confusion, fidelity and betrayal, freedom and constraint, appearance and reality, and the urge both to conceal and reveal oneself.

Theater Emory's foray into Shakespeare continues with "Macbeth" November 14-24, directed by Clinton Wade Thornton. Shakespeare's tragedy of ambition unfolds in a timeless world that combines modern technology with raw Scottish history. In this exciting re-imagining of one of Shakespeare's most powerful tragedies, Theater Emory throws new light on the dark psychology of Macbeth.

Spring's Original Works

The "Brave New Works" festival of new play readings and exploratory workshops returns January 28-February 16. Presented by the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, Brave New Works brings playwrights, adaptors, composers, and dramaturgs to Emory's campus to work on plays in development with a combined company of student and professional actors. Brave New Works provides an opportunity to be a part of the playwright's process and to experience the excitement of the first public staged reading of a play. Visit or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 starting in January 2014 for project titles, dates, and times.

Theater Emory's season closes with "Free/Fall: Explorations of Inner and Outer Space," April 3-13. Directed by Theater Emory artistic director Janice Akers and created in collaboration with choreographers George Staib, and Lori Teague and composer Kendall Simpson of the Emory Dance Program, this performance project begins with the notion of a man falling twenty-four miles from space and the impulse to "go ahead and jump." Through the disciplines of theater and dance, Theater Emory explores human nature, risk, relationships, flight, and how like the forces of the cosmos we can be.

For more information on the Theater Emory 2013-2014 season, visit For tickets visit or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404.727.5050.

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.

Pictured: Jessica Ennis in Grim, Grimmer, Grimmest: Tales of a Precarious Nature. Photo by Ann Borden.

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