Creative Research by Doctoral Faculty & Students

Dr. John Bray's Erik: A Play about a Puppet, which was produced by Rising Sun Performance Co. in March as part of FRIGID NY (and given an extension by the Obie-Winning Horse TRADE Theatre Group), has been published (in print) and licensed by Next Stage Press, and was also published (web) by Indie Theatre Now. The production earned a New York Innovative Theatre Award nomination (Matt Pepitone, Best Featured Actor, “Detective”). Liner Notes, for which Dr. Bray co-authored the screenplay with the film’s director Gregory Bray, has finished shooting. A rough cut will be viewed at SUNY New Paltz in late September. His one-act play Goodnight Lovin’ Trail is now available for licensing with Original Works Publishing (print) and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Plays 2013-2014, which also includes plays by UGA undergraduate Theatre major Isaac B Hopkins, graduate (from English) Weldon Pless, and alumnus Daniel Guyton. In August, Dr. Bray’s Friendly’s Fire (or, Guy Friendly Meets the Saint of Thieves) had a staged reading as part of the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, as did a new play by alumnus Dr. George Pate, Assistant Professor of English and Theatre at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. And Dr. Bray’s ten-minute play Green Sound was produced at EagerRisk Theater’s Shoebox Festival of Magical Realism in NYC, winning 2nd place for Overall Production and 3rd place for Playwriting.

Why Get Involved?: The Mayoral Campaign of Harold Washington (1983), a film directed by second-year doctoral student Jean Young, screened at South Side Projections, Theater House, in Chicago. During 2015, Jean also edited and created digital imaging for “Different Trains: Visualizing the Trauma of the Holocaust,” screened at UGA's International Symposium on George Tabori and the Theatre of the Holocaust; and cinematography for “The Launch Pad,” directed by Avery Williams, Studio 11 Productions.