Plays in Development

Mr Toole  by Vivian Neuwirth
Open Readings MONDAYS March 14 & 21st, 2016

The Bacchae: In Song and Vocal Extremes, by Liz Stanton
Open Process TUESDAYS March 15th & 22nd, 2016

Mr. Toole written by Vivian Neuwirth and directed by Vincent Marano is a new full length play expanded from a one act that was presented in the Estrogenius 2014 Short Play Festival, where it won awards for Best Play and Best Playwriting.  In this memory play the life of John Kennedy Toole is seen through the eyes of one of his students at St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans. The play will be presented as a reading in the development series of the 2016 EstroGenius Festival on March 14th and March 21st , where there will be a moderated talkback with the audience to help the playwright advance the work to the next level. Vivian’s other works include NOLA, Three Plays About Home, The Key, Mardi Gras Child, Do You Know What It Means and The Towering Dead. Vivian is a graduate of the Juilliard School, a member of the Dramatists Guild and a native of New Orleans. She was a student of John Kennedy Toole and dedicates this play to him.

The Bacchae: In Song and Vocal Extremes, an opera by Liz Stanton, is a re-telling of the classic Greek story by Euripedes. This story explores the extremes of human emotions through traditional song and extended voice.  Major themes include: women, power, vengeance, gods. The piece premiered in the Fall of 2005 at Naropa University. We are reimagining portions of The Bacchae: In Song and Vocal Extremes, as part of the development series for EstroGenius 2016. This process will included learning and experimenting with the existing score under the direction of Liz Stanton and Jeremy Williams. Audiences will be invited into two rehearsals, March 15th and 22nd, to watch and talk about the creative development of this piece with the artists.