The APHRA BEHN EMERGING ARTISTS' SHOWCASE is a festival of new plays written and directed by female artists. The festival is named for the British spy, playwright, poet, translator, and fiction writer from the Restoration Era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by writing, Aphra Behn broke cultural barriers and serves as a literary role model for later generations.
MARCH 10-12, 2017
Centene Center for Arts and Education
3547 Olive St, St. Louis, MO 63103
The Music of the Goddess
by Shualee Cook
directed by Kristin Rion
performance ensemble: Michael Pierce, Lex Ronan, Carolyn Sealy, Chris Ware, John Wolbers
On the eve of her orchestral debut, violinist Clara Reisenberg finds she can barely even pick up her bow. But if certain divine beings have their way, it may be more of a beginning than an end. A mythic account of gods, demi-gods and the invention of theremin, The Music of the Goddess is inspired by the life and music of Clara Reisenberg-Rockmore.
Life Ever After
by Alyssa Ward
directed by Kate McAllister
performance ensemble: Nicole Angeli, Elizabeth Van Pelt
In Life Ever After, Liz, an aspiring novelist who has recently committed suicide, meets Agnes, who works as an administrative assistant in the afterlife. Liz struggles to understand and deal with the consequences of her recent death and learns to accept her journey into the unknown. Agnes, submitting to the demands of her never-ending job with her usual cynicism, helps Liz on her journey back to Earth.
by Erin Renée Roberts
directed by Sophie Powell
performance ensemble: Erin Renée Roberts
In her play Deflowered, Erin Renée Roberts utilizes the biblical text of CORINTHIANS 13 as the foreground for her abstract interpretation of the loss of one's virginity & the discovery of love. Simplistically shaped by the text and imagery, the piece was written to allude to the romantic, sensuality of spring; the arousing, innocence of youth; and the waning beauty of our physical selves. The piece contains a "choose your own adventure" ending that mirrors the different experiences of love, which begs for more than one viewing.
STEVE NELSON MEMORIAL PLAYWRIGHT'S FUND
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