[PAST EVENT] The Writer's Impulse With Playwright Deborah Brevoort

October 8, 2012
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Memorial Hall, Dodge Room
601 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
An Evening with Playwright Deborah Brevoort
The Writer's Impulse

Deborah Brevoort, the author of the upcoming production of THE COMFORT TEAM at Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, and internationally recognized playwright, will give a talk to campus writers about The Writer's Impulse. Brevoort will discuss the writing process from inception to completion and different approaches she has taken in constructing works for the stage. Brevoort, who is on the faculty of three MFA writing programs, will also discuss MFA programs in Creative Writing and how to build and maintain a writing career.

When and Where
Monday, October 8, 6:30 p.m., PBK Dodge Room

Deborah Brevoort (Playwright) is the author of numerous plays and musicals, including The Women of Lockerbie, which won the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award. It was produced off-Broadway, in London at the Orange Tree Theatre and at the Actor's Gang in Los Angeles and is currently being produced and published around the world.

Other plays include: Blue Moon Over Memphis, a Noh Drama about Elvis Presley, The Poetry of Pizza, (produced at Purple Rose, Mixed Blood, Virginia Stage, Theatre in the Square, Centenary Stage, and Cal Rep); The Blue-Sky Boys, (commissioned by the EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Science and Technology project; produced at the Barter Theatre); The Velvet Weapon, (a backstage farce inspired by the Velvet Revolution, written with a grant from CEC Arts Link); Signs of Life (Jane Chambers award; Gold Medal, Pinter Review Prize for Drama) and Into the Fire (Weissberger award; developed at the O'Neill Festival). The Comfort Team, her new play about military families, was commissioned by the Virginia Stage Company where it will premiere in 2012.

She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe Award in Musical Theatre, for King Island Christmas, written with composer David Friedman, and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing, with composer Scott Richards. Embedded, her opera inspired by Edgar Allan Poe stories, written with composer Patrick Soluri, was commissioned by the American Lyric Theatre.
Current writing projects include: Homespun, a new play about Martha Washington, commissioned by Virginia Stage; Crossing Over, a hip-hop musical set in Amish country with composer Stephanie Salzman; and Steal a Pencil for Me, a full-length opera based on the book of the same title, with composer Gerald Cohen.

Her work has been published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Applause Books and others. Deborah is an alumnus of New Dramatists, and a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders. She was one of the original company members with Perseverance Theatre in Alaska. She teaches in the MFA Playwriting program at Columbia University, the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Goddard College in Vermont.

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