EVENT: The tradition of auteur theater continues… | The scene

Since 1997, we’ve proudly partnered with the UAlbany Theater Program to present the Burian Lecture Series, bringing a distinguished playwright or actor – sometimes both – to Albany for a lecture and discussion.

The tradition continues next Monday, April 4, when we feature playwright and actress Donnetta Lavinia Grays for a staged reading of her ongoing play, “Kudzu Calling.”

The reading of this new work will feature University of Albany students, on stage alongside professional actors, and will include a conversation with the artists after the staged reading.

Commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, “Kudzu Calling” seeks to “expand and complicate the Southern narrative for the American stage.”

Grays, from South Carolina, describes it as “my love letter to the place that created me.”

She has received the Whiting Award for Drama and the Helen Merrill Playwright Award, and her plays have been produced at the Denver Center Theater Company and the Baltimore Center Stage.

The off-Broadway debut of his solo show “Where We Stand” received Lortel and Drama League Award nominations.

7:30 p.m. Monday April 4

Arena Theater, UAlbany Center for the Performing Arts

1400 Washington Avenue, AlbanyFree and open to the public.

The event is presented by the UAlbany Theater Program and funded by the Jarka & Grayce Susan Burian Endowment.

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