New VOICES @ NEW REP: New Rep Staged Reading Series Presents Deported / a dream play
by Joyce Van Dyke
directed by Judy Braha
April 10, 2009
New Voices @ New Rep, New Rep's staged readings series, is pleased to present Deported / a dream play as its final reading for 2009 on Monday, May 4, 2009 at 7:30p.m. New Voices @ New Rep is open to the public, and admission is free.
"New Voices @ New Rep is extremely important to New Rep," says Harriet Sheets, Managing Director. It fosters the new works of playwrights and introduces New Rep's patrons to new plays, which is a central part of our mission."
Ms. Sheets adds, "I am thrilled to be ending our 2009 reading series with Deported / a dream play and to be working with local playwright Joyce Van Dyke and director Judy Braha and assisting them with the development of this play."
Playwright Joyce Van Dyke, author of A Girl's War (New Rep 2003), said, "I've been working on this play with director Judy Braha and a company of local actors for the past two years. It began with the desire to create a play based on Armenian genocide survivor stories. Using survivor oral history interviews from the Armenian Library and Museum of America, as well as memoirs, photographs, official documents, letters, and personal reminiscences of survivors and their descendants, we began holding improvisational workshops, and the script has grown out of this process."
Ms. Van Dyke elaborates, "As the demand for recognition and understanding of these historical events continues to swell, I felt a personal need to deal with these haunting stories -- and also to create something constructive, life-giving, and even beautiful, out of their opposites. Judy and I are excited for Deported / a dream play to have its first professional staged reading at New Rep."
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