Please join us for a presentation of new plays exploring the controversies facing the contemporary American medical landscape, Thursday, April 4 at 6 P.M. inside the UNMC Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Conference Room 0-12101.
Written by students in Professor Steve Langan's upper level "Reading and Writing in Sickness and Health" course, the plays each tackle important topics in dramatic ways. The program has been created in conjunction with Theater for Social Change, a New York City-based program that brings playwriting and research curriculum to universities in the belief that storytelling is a crucial element towards understanding and addressing the central issues of our time.
An open discussion of the issues raised within the plays will take place afterward.
Julia Hansen, while president of the Drama League of New York, conceived, and administrated The Directors Project, a national training program for young directors. Board services includes: The Acting Company, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the Lincoln Center Theatre, and the Advisory Board for Dramaworks in West Palm Beach, FL. She is proud to have a directing award in her name that has been given to such luminaries as Mike Nichols, Jack O’Brien, Dan Sullivan, Des McAnuff and Michael Mayer, an alumnus of the directing program she started and Tony winner for Spring Awakening. She has created performances honoring celebrities such as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hal Prince, Liz Smith and John Kander and Fred Ebb.
Stephen Cedars is a writer, director and teacher originally from south Louisiana. His plays have been produced or developed both in New York City and throughout the country, and published by Original Works and IndieTheatreNow. As a producer and director in NYC, he has created work for stages in three boroughs, including several years of community programming. Amongst his awards are the Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award and Commission, the Gloria Ann Barnell Peter Award, a Fellowship with the Target Margin Institute for Collaborative Theater Making, a Residency with America-in-Play, and the John Golden Playwriting Prize. He earned his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, which he attended as a Rita and Burton Goldberg Fellow, and will soon be pursing a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.