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Sundance Institute Announces Eight Projects for 2006 Summer Lab

Sundance Institute Announces Eight Projects for 2006 Summer Lab

The Sundance Institute has selected eight projects from emerging and established playwrights to participate in the Sundance Institute Summer Laboratory held at the Sundance Resort in Utah July 10-30. Also attending the lab will be this year’s Playwright-in-Residence Tanya Barfield and Russian director/producer Eduard Boyakov. The eight plays selected include: “Asymmetrical Battlefield,” by Stephen Belber and directed by Lucie Tiberghien about an American reservist just back from Iraq and a Saudi-American citizen investigating a mysterious death; “Citizen Josh,” an autobiography about rescuing democracy by Josh Kornbluth and directed by David Dower; “Current Nobody,” a loose adaptation of Homer‘s Odyssey but with a female main character by Melissa James Gibson and directed by Daniel Aukin; “The Evildoers,” by David Adjmi and directed by Rebecca Taichman about a man whose marriage falls apart and is taken in by his best friend with unorthodox views on Christian Ethics; “…And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi,” a poetic retelling of the Demeter myth set during the Civil War by Marcus Gardley and directed by Matt August; “Kind Hearts and Coronets,” a musical based on the 1949 film classic by Robert Freedman and Steven Lutvak and directed by Nicholas Martin; “Steve and Idi,” by David Grimm and directed by Eleanor Holdridge about a man whose life is spinning out of control until the ghost of a Ugandan dictator comes into his life; and “The Tallest Girls in the Class,” by Hilly Hicks (director to be announced) about the shifting legacy of a black woman who was the first student to integrate the high school that her daughter now attends. For more information, visit the Sundance Institute’s website. [Helen Silfven]

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