Avid Bookshop presents John Patrick Bray in honor of his book The Best Plays From American Theater Festivals 2015 on Friday, April 21, 2017, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. This event will take place at the Prince Ave. bookshop and there is no admission charge.
This event will follow this format: editor introduction, editor speaks and playwright reads an excerpt, questions from the audience, booksigning, and ending with time to mingle and talk to bookshop guests.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Theater festivals are where we find groundbreaking work, work that often becomes part of our national theater canon. This anthology features ten full-length plays (60 minutes or more) that premiered in both established and lesser known festivals in 2015. These plays push our boundaries, question our notions of humanity, shock and inspire us, and offer thoughtful insights into our constantly shifting cultural landscape. The plays represented have been deemed "best of festival" by critics and/or audiences during their initial runs. Now, take a front-row seat for the latest in cutting-edge work produced by our most daring and thought-provoking playwrights.
ABOUT THE EDITOR:
John Patrick Bray has written plays under grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Acadiana Center for the Arts (South Louisiana); and has earned commissions from indie theatre troupes in NYC, Virginia, North Carolina, and Louisiana. His most recent commission was Christmas in the Airwaves, which was written for the Lyric Arts Main St. Theatre in Anoka, Minnesota. His plays have been produced with various festivals in NYC (including the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Frigid NY), and at a number of venues in NYC, including The Kraine Theatre, Under St. Marks Theatre, Bowery Poetry Club, and the galapagos art space in Brooklyn. His plays have been developed with/read at The Actors Studio, The Road Theatre, The New School for Drama, The Process Theatre, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. His plays are published with Original Works Publishing, Next Stage Press, Indie Theatre Now, JACPublishing, Heartland Plays; and in anthologies published by Applause and Smith and Kraus. A collection of his short plays has been published by Polychoron Press. His play Friendly's Fire was the Winner of the 2015 Appalachian Festival of Playwrights and Plays and will be produced at the Barter Theatre in 2017. He has also been a finalist for the Ingram New Works Lab and the 2010 Playwriting Residency at the Hangar Theatre. John developed his full-length play Liner Notes into a screenplay with twin brother Gregory; the film, also directed by Gregory, was an Official Selection of the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hoboken International Film Festival (Audience Choice Finalist) and was winner of the B.E.A. Super Regional Conference’s First Place Award for Narrative Films by faculty members. John has edited an anthology of festival plays, The Best Plays From American Theater Festivals 2015 for Applause and will co-edit the next volume of The Best American Short Plays with William Demastes.
John has a PhD in Theatre from Louisiana State University and an MFA in Playwriting from The Actors Studio Drama School/The New School for Drama. John is an assistant professor at the University of Georgia, a member of The Dramatists’ Guild of America, and he is an Equity Membership Candidate. He serves on the advisory board for Indie Theatre Now and he is the Professional Division Vice-Chair of the Georgia Theatre Conference.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
T. Anthony Marotta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at UGA. He specializes in performance movement, stage combat, mask design & performance, and puppetry. He has completed his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the University of Tennessee, and advanced studies of the Lecoq Physical Theatre/Mask pedagogy through the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). Anthony has studied stage direction with Moscow legendary director and pedagogue Jurij Alschitz and the Lincoln Center's New Director's Workshop. His study in the art of mask creation and performance includes work with Italian theatre mask legends Donatello Sartori and Antonio Fava. Focused on the physical expressivity of the performer and performances in storytelling, he specializes in Commedia dell’Arte, mask, movement, puppetry, and stage combat teaching and performing nationally, regionally and internationally. Anthony has developed several pieces that have played internationally. Most recently his one-man original puppet-clown-mask piece exploring masculinity Hue Man has toured at festivals in Avignon (France), Montreal (Canada), Chicago, Portland, Atlanta, and Boulder. Anthony has performed in regional and New York venues including the Puppetry Arts Center of Atlanta, Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre, as well as various venues throughout Europe. He holds a current membership in Actors’ Equity (AEA). As a member of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) with actor-combatant recognition, Anthony recently served as Fight Director for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, choreographing fights for their several summer seasons and tours, including productions of MacBeth, Richard III, Noises Off, 39 Steps and Fred Adams' 50th Anniversary production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Anthony's directing includes productions with regional theaters such as Neil Simon Festival, Brick Playhouse, and Rose of Athens.