Keynote Address by Erik Ehn

(Providence, RI, USA)

9/12, 11 AM, BMAC, Brattleboro
Free and open to all

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Come hear Erik Ehn speak to the relevance of theater – and puppet theater – to necessary and effective change in a world in need of social justice. Erik Ehn is an acclaimed playwright and director of Writing for Performance at Brown University. His 17 plays about genocide have been produced in theaters across the country.

Erik Ehn is an acclaimed playwright and director of Writing for Performance at Brown University. Erik is perhaps best known for the Soulographie project, a series of 17 plays on the history of the US in the 20th Century from the point of view of its genocides; scripts include Maria Kizito, Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling, Drunk Still Drinking. The Soulographie project was produced in marathon at LaMaMa, 2012 with the cooperation of theaters from California, Minnesota, NYC, France, Uganda, and Poland.  About these plays, Mr. Ehn writes:

“Genocidal crimes are constructed to be unspeakable… defended from accountability to… historical memory.  The ambient method of [theater] production stands against this strategic inaccessibility by approaching from all sides at once.  Genocidaires booby-trap their hundred paths to the human soul; we have to find a hundred others.”

Erik Ehn’s other work includes The Saint Plays, No Time Like the Present, Wolf at the Door, Tailings, Beginner, The Cycle Plays (for Theatre of Yugen) and Ideas of Good and Evil. Puppet collaborations with Dan Hurlin (Double Aspect), Janie Geiser (Invisible Glass, Mortal Toys), Alison Heimstead (stop loOK), Katie Shook (One Eye Gone), Laurie O’Brien (Architecture of Great Cathedrals), Ralph Lee (Psyche) and Alejandra Prieto-Garcia (Yermedea). Artistic Director, Tenderloin Opera Company (Providence RI – generating new works of music-theater by, for and about people who are homeless/homeless advocates). Artistic Associate, Theatre of Yugen (SF) 1994-2014. Graduate of New Dramatists. Current Chair and Director of Writing for Performance, Brown University.

You can read more about Erik Ehn’s work here.