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Proof, Indeed

Pulitzer Prizewinner David Auburn mentors playwrights for Ingram New Works festival

April 26, 2010 David Auburn, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof, is the Ingram New Works Fellowship recipient, in town May 6-8 to mentor area playwrights and take part in readings of his new play The Columnist.

The Ingram New Works Festival kicks off Wednesday night at the Children’s Theatre, with a reading each night over the coming week. The event was founded three years ago by arts patron Martha Ingram. The program has evolved to include a New Works Lab for seven local playwrights. The Lab offers these playwrights the opportunity not only to receive feedback but also to hear their works read by professional actors during the writing process.

Participating playwrights this year are Claudia Barnett, Ross Brooks, Matthew Carlton, Diane Di Ianni, Nate Eppler, McAdoo Greer, and Valerie S. Hart.

“I’m thrilled to be coming to Tennessee Rep,” says Auburn. “Programs like the Ingram New Works Lab and Festival are the bone marrow of American Theatre: they’re where the new life, the new energy, the new ideas come from. I’m deeply excited to play a role in that process, and to work with and get to know a new and talented group of writers. Not to mention to return to a part of the country I love, and miss; I spent my high school years in Arkansas.”

The full schedule of events:

Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 PM—Blessed Event, by Matthew Carlton
Thursday, April 29, 7:00 PM—Titty Bars, by McAdoo Greer
Friday, April 30, 7:00 PM—Table, by Diane Di Ianni
Saturday, May 1, 7:00 PM—Long Way Down, by Nate Eppler
Monday, May 3, 7:00 PM— No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily’s Dickinson’s Sister, by Claudia Barnett
Tuesday, May 4, 7:00 PM—Love Out Loud, by Valerie S. Hart
Wednesday, May 5, 7:00 PM—Supernova, by Ross Brooks
Thursday, May 6, 7:00 PM—The Columnist, by David Auburn
Friday, May 7, 7:00 PM—The Columnist, by David Auburn
Saturday, May 8, 7:00 PM—The Columnist, by David Auburn