The Department of Performing and Media Media Arts will host a concert reading of award-winning playwright and university professor Paula Vogel’s (CU M.A. ’76) play Indecent in Klarman Auditorium April 13 at 5:00 p.m. The reading will be directed by Meghan Brodie (CU Ph.D. 2010). Indecent is a finalist for the 2016 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama.
Vogel (CU M.A. ’76) is the Eugene O'Neill Professor of Playwriting at Yale School of Drama (serving as Chair of the Playwriting Department 2008-2012) and playwright-in-residence at the Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as an artistic associate at Long Wharf Theatre.
Paula's play, How I Learned to Drive, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, as well as winning her second OBIE. It has been produced all over the world. Other plays include The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot 'N' Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, and The Oldest Profession. In 2004-05 she was the playwright in residence at The Signature Theatre in New York which produced three of her works.
Theatre Communications Group has published four books of her work: The Mammary Plays, The Baltimore Waltz and Other Plays, The Long Christmas Ride Home, and A Civil War Christmas.
Vogel won the 2004 Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the OBIE for Best Play in 1992, the Rhode Island Pell Award in the Arts, the Hull-Warriner Award, The Laura Pels Award, the Pew Charitable Trust Senior Award, a Guggenheim, an AT&T New Plays Award, the Fund for New American Plays, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the McKnight Fellowship, the Bunting Fellowship, and the Governor's Award for the Arts. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was recently awarded a Thirtini, a most coveted award, from 13P in New York. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, as well as Yaddo.
Paula Vogel’s recent projects include Don Juan Comes Home From Iraq, a play that responds to Von Horvath’s searing post World War I drama. Along with director Blanka Zizka and company members of the Wilma theatre, Paula Vogel conducted interviews with veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, and taught a year-long workshop with veterans in Philadelphia. The play was published by TCG in 2015.
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