written & directed by Djola Branner
TheaterSpace | November 18th-20th
It’s 2017, and a young doctoral candidate is in the final throes of his dissertation on ancient religious traditions in the modern world. His research takes him to a Buddhist monastery where he grapples with identity, history, culture, and ultimately with who is entitled to enlightenment. Sutta combines movement, music, and text as theatrical language, and this production marks its world premiere. Visit: theater.calendar.gmu.edu/sutta for more details and tickets.
-Real Characters, Imagined Events: Celebrities & Historic Figures for the Stage-
From ancient Greek myths to Broadway musicals such as Hamilton, Tina, and Evita, audiences love stories rooted in historic fact. In the end, it's all about the possibility of 'what might have happened' that captures audiences. Djola Branner, Director of the School of Theater, will look at how contemporary playwrights and directors are weaving fact and fiction, and creating theater that is at once entertaining, thought provoking and inspiring. He will examine some popular stories, and share his own experiences weaving real characters and imagined events for the stage.
December 7th, 2022, 7:00 - 8:00 pm