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An Evening with Playwright Lisa D’Amour

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Nov 7, 2011
Nov 7, 2011
Segal Theater
Lisa D'Amour Photo by Zack Smith

Lisa D’Amour
Photo by Zack Smith

Spend an intimate Segal evening with Lisa D’Amour, the acclaimed New Orleansbased theatre artist who is also an alumna of the Segal Center’s Prelude Festival. D’Amour’s Pulitzer finalist play Detroit, which Variety called the “most effective play yet produced about our current economic doldrums,” is now Broadwaybound. The Obie award-winning playwright will present a reading of excerpts from Detroit and discuss her work for the theatre, including recent works such as Terrible Things (PS122) and the site-specific installation How to Build A Forest (The Kitchen). In collaboration with AOI International.

Lisa D’Amour writes plays for theater and creates site-specific performances. She recently premiered TERRIBLE THINGS, a dance-theater piece created with Katie Pearl and choreographer Emily Johnson, at PS122 in New York. Other recent projects include SWIMMING CITIES OF SWITCHBACK SEA (a performance for a fleet of seven handmade boats on the Hudson River designed by SWOON) and BIRD EYE BLUE PRINT (created with Katie Pearl, for a vacant office in the World Financial Center, NYC). Lisa’s work has been presented by theaters such as Salvage Vanguard, Infernal Bridegroom Productions, the Walker Arts Center, Crowded Fire Theater, Children’s’ Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, HERE Arts Center, New Georges and the Women’s Project and has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, NYSCA and the NEA/TCG Residency for Playwrights. She received an OBIE Award along with Katie Pearl and Kathy Randels for Nita & Zita, and received the Alpert Award in the Arts for theater in 2008. Lisa often collaborates with ArtSpot Productions in her hometown of New Orleans. She is core alum of the Playwrights’ Center and a recent alumna of New Dramatists.

Lisa’s latest creation with Katie Pearl, HOW TO BUILD A FOREST, premiered at The Kitchen, NYC in June 2010.

6:30 p.m., Monday, November 7, 2011
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!