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A Conversation with Emily Mann

wescfalogosquareFrom Randi Plake:

Known for her politically edgy and documentary style, director and playwright Emily Mann is currently in her 27th season as Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Join Quiara Alegría Hudes, Wesleyan’s Shapiro Distinguished Professor of Writing and Theater, for a conversation with Ms. Mann, recipient of a Princeton University Honorary Doctorate of Arts; a 2015 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwrights’ Award; and a 2015 Margo Jones Award, given to a “citizen of the theater who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theater everywhere.”

Date: Tuesday, March 28th
Time: 7 pm
Place: Memorial Chapel

Until We Get It Right: A Senior Thesis Staged Reading

Natalie Sacks ’14 is sharing with you the hard work and rich rewards of a playwriting thesis.

Until We Get It Right tells a story of depression that spans generations. Three individuals suffer through love and medication, making connections that matter and simply getting through the day. We weave in and out of the three time periods, with each cast being played by the same four actors, and imagine how we might connect to these people and their illness as well. Written and presented in partial fulfillment of her Honors Thesis in Theater, Natalie Sacks ’14 wrote this play to consider how the extremely personal, internal experience of depression can be shared with an audience.

Come support me and the newly created playwriting thesis at Wesleyan!The performance is in the new CFA Theater Studio, which is the olddance studio (TST001) in the main Theater Department building.

When: Friday, April 25 & Saturday April 26, 2014 at 8pm
Where: Theater Studio (TST001)
Cost: Free! And no tickets required
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Audition for Until We Get It Right

From Natalie Sacks ’14:

Come audition for Until We Get It Right, a staged reading of Natalie Sacks’s senior playwriting thesis. The play explores experiences of clinical depression across the past century, with actors hopping between characters in each timeline as those characters lose hope and regain it, encounter barbaric psychiatric treatments and simply try to connect with one another. As this is a playwriting thesis, actors will
have the opportunity to be involved with the later stages of script writing and other artistic decisions. The staged reading will be performed on April 25-26.

Professor Hudes Wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

According to students in Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Advanced Playwriting Workshop, the Visiting Writer in Theater left the classroom briefly today to answer a phone call. When she returned, her face was white. “I, uh, just won the Pulitzer Prize,” she told her students, who promptly applauded. According to the Washington Post, Hudes isn’t delusional.

Indeed, a hearty congratulations is in order for Professor Hudes, whose Iraq War-themed play, “Water by the Spoonful,” has won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The play was staged last year at the Hartford Stage Company. Additionally, Hudes notably wrote the book for Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02’s “In the Heights,” so it’s no wonder she managed to get Miranda himself on campus for a tweet-heavy rendez-vous earlier this month.

Hudes, the Post reports, is still totally dazed:

“I’m still kind of in a daze about it but I’m very excited,” she said by phone from Middletown, Conn., where she is teaching a play writing workshop to undergraduates at Wesleyan University. “I’m really delighted that something that was a little off the beaten path was considered.”

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Hudes hopes the prize will extend the life of her play and get it mounted in New York and, of course, her hometown of Philadelphia, “which I love to bits.”

You can read more about Hudes’ play at the Washington Post and more about her work generally at her professional website. We’ll let you know when you can catch “Water by the Spoonful” in the ’92.

[Washington Post]