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Overview


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Overview


In the STEM world we inhabit, research and innovation are seen as the domain of the sciences and technology, even as the values of art--creativity, collaboration, and imaginative engagement with the unknown--are prized. This culture is both our challenge and opportunity, and we see these research-directed creative residencies as a way forward, both to serve our fields and to champion the values of art in the culture at large.

UW School of Drama Executive Director Todd London

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Cino Nights


Cino Nights


Cino Nights

 

For three nights in March, a former medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle’s University District will transform into a makeshift theatre cafe. Inspired by Joe Cino’s legendary Greenwich Village performance space, Caffé Cino, the space will house performances of six short plays from the early days of Off Off Broadway.

 

Saturday, March 4
7:30 pm

EVENING ONE
The Madness of Lady Bright
By Lanford Wilson
Directed by Daniel Talbott
Performed by Taylor Jones, Phillip Ray Guevara, and Tamsen Glaser

A talk with Robert Patrick, playwright and Caffé Cino historian

 

Saturday, March 11
7:30 PM

The Caffé Cino during a rehearsal for Dames at Sea, Spring, 1966

The Caffé Cino during a rehearsal for Dames at Sea, Spring, 1966

EVENING TWO
Goodnight, I Love You
By William Hoffman
Directed by Daniel Talbott
Performed by Bridget McKevitt and Phillip Ray Guevara

Comings and Goings
By Megan Terry
Directed by Bobbin Ramsey
Performed by Allen Miller, Adrian Tafesh, and Bria Henderson

A Vietnamese Wedding
By Maria Irene Fornes
Directed by Addie Johnson
Performed by Porscha Shaw, Alana Cheshire, and Tricia Casteneda-Gonzales

 

Saturday, March 18
7:30 PM

Mary Alice performing in Adrienne Kennedy's play A Rat's Mass at La MaMa in 1969. Photograph by Amnon Ben Nomis.

Mary Alice performing in Adrienne Kennedy's play A Rat's Mass at La MaMa in 1969. Photograph by Amnon Ben Nomis.

EVENING THREE
The Richest Girl in the World Finds Happiness
By Robert Patrick
Directed by Sean Ryan
Performed by Bria Henderson, Tricia Casteneda-Gonzales, Adrian Tafesh, and Alana Cheshire

A Rat's Mass
By Adrienne Kennedy
Directed by Daniel Talbott
Performed by Porscha Shaw, Allen Miller, and Tamsen Glaser

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Mellon Fellows


Mellon Fellows


Mellon Creative Fellowships

 

This year the school, in collaboration with the Schools of Music and DXArts, the UW World Series and the Dance Program, will also host four fellows funded through a $750,000, three-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation called the Creative Fellowships Initiative. Fellow Erik Ehn—who is the head of playwriting at Brown University—will investigate the role of contemplation as the bedrock of the aesthetic encounter. Fellow Daniel Alexander Jones—who performs as his alter-ago, Jomama Jones and is a professor of playwriting and solo performance at Fordham University—will explore mysticism in the African American avant-garde theatrical tradition. In January, playwrights from New York’s Ma-Yi Writers Lab were be in residence creating work with Drama undergraduates. Producer, curator, and director Meiyin Wang, who most recently co-produced the Under the Radar Festival in New York—will use her fellowship to conduct an exploration of space, with a particular focus on new notions of space made possible by virtual reality and augmented reality.

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The Octavia


The Octavia


The Octavia

The Octavia is a long-form play about the relationship between the Roman Emperor Nero and his tutor Seneca, the Stoic philosopher and playwright. Based--at times irresponsibly--on history, The Octavia is a look at character, at education, at empire, at art, at love, and at what it is to speak truth to power.

A process reading of The Octavia was presented on Sunday, January 8th in the Penthouse Theatre (and, briefly, room 202) at the University of Washington School of Drama.