Friday, December 7, 2012

Upcoming: Filaments Play-Reading Series at Cohen New Works Festival, University of Texas, March 25 - 29, 2013

Anouncing The Filaments: Sparked by Suzan Zeder

December 07, 2012
by Isaac Gomez, PR and Marketing Chair, 2013 Festival, and Cassidy Browning, Engaging Research

Cohen New Works Festival University of Texas
The Cohen New Works Festival
presented by the University Co-Op March 25 - 29 at the University of Texas in Austin is proud to announce the creation of a new series within the Festival: The Filaments: Sparked by Suzan Zeder. The Filaments is an expansion on the Reading Room from the 2011 Festival – which offered a space for three project submissions to hold staged readings.

Our Committee-at-Large recommended projects for this series during Festival selection and then voted to select six projects for the 2013 Filament series.

The exciting lineup includes:

Project Lead: Raymundo Delgadillo
Cancun is a multimedia performance addressing American stereotypes of Mexico and the lack of knowledge about American involvement in the Mexican drug war.

Creative Skin
Project Lead: Courtney Mazeika
Creative Skin provides an inside look at creative processes that choreographers navigate while focusing on the blazing flashes of inspiration, the struggles of insecurity, and the willingness to expose one’s vulnerabilities. Using dance, text, media, and music this project guides the audience through an accumulative performance that exposes a choreographer’s journey.

Danseur Drama
Project Lead: Mark-Anthony Zuniga
Danseur Drama is the story about 28 year-old Kavin who is convinced by friends to try ballet to help him get over his ex-boyfriend. Unexpectedly, ballet will ultimately test friendships, define family, and promote healing. The format is a play, but each scene will demonstrate a ballet term, which also represents the underlying theme.

Believe You Me: Interpreting Media
Project Lead: Daniel Berkowitz
How do you see yourself? Believe You Me is an interactive installation which explores the relationship between humans and media through the use of video, live performance and an alien invasion. We invite you to log off, cancel your subscriptions and come as you are.

Project Lead: Kenny Chilton
What does safety really mean? The actors explore safety versus security through the citizens of the Safehouse.

War Games
Project Leads: Meg Greene and Lindsay Hearn
War Games is a play for family audiences that explores the story of Jonah, a young boy whose father is deployed in Afghanistan. Jonah and his family work to navigate the harsh emotional realities of war and discover a language that they can all understand.

by Kirk Lynn, Producer

Suzan Zeder is the wild heart and true spirit behind every Cohen New Works Festival to date at the University of Texas. Suzan has carried the Festival through several growing pains toward the mature beast it is today. [ . . .] Zeder is one of the nation’s leading playwrights of plays for young and family audiences. Her work has been seen in all fifty states and has been produced and published in Great Britain, Germany, Australia, Japan, Israel, and Switzerland. Step On A Crack, Wiley And The Hairy Man, In A Room Somewhere, and The Death And Life Of Sherlock Holmes are regularly performed by professional and university theatres throughout the country. Doors and Mother Hicks were produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., which also co-commissioned Do Not Go Gentle.

Suzan Zeder is a four-time winner of the Distinguished Play Award given by the American Alliance of Theatre and Education. She is also a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at The University of Texas and The College of Fellows of the American Theatre in Washington, D.C. Suzan Zeder is the first holder of an endowed chair in Theatre For Youth/Playwriting at the University of Texas.

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