No Passport Press announces the publication of Two compelling plays by US playwright Deborah Brevoort
With introductions by Roberta Levitow and Chris Hanna
Charged with poetry, compassion and sensitivity these two plays are outstanding contributions to the field of American drama.
The Women of Lockerbie. ( Roles for 5+ women and 2 men.) A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son’s remains, which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the US Government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane’s wreckage. Determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, they want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. A poetic drama about the triumph of love over hatred.
The Comfort Team. (Roles for 5 women and 1 man. Multi-cultural cast.) Set during the surge of Iraq, the play follows a group of military spouses drawn from every segment of American society who transcend their differences and stand by each other as they go through a dramatic crisis that changes their lives. A funny and moving drama about sacrifice, service and the power of community.
Deborah Brevoort is the award-winning author of numerous plays, musicals and operas. She is best known for the The Women of Lockerbie which is produced all over the US and internationally after winning the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting Contest and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award.
Her other plays, which have been produced at Virginia Stage, Mixed Blood, Purple Rose, California Rep, Barter Theatre, Theatre Nohgaku, Perseverance Theatre and others include: Blue Moon Over Memphis, a Noh Drama about Elvis Presley, The Poetry of Pizza, The Blue-Sky Boys, The Comfort Team, The Velvet Weapon, Into the Fire, and Signs of Life.
She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe award in musical theatre. Her musicals, which have been produced at Paper Mill Playhouse, Lied Center, Theatre IV, Lyric Stage and others include Crossing Over, an Amish hip hop musical with composer Stephanie Saltzman, King Island Christmas andGoodbye My Island with David Friedman, and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishingwith Scott Richards.
Her operas have been produced at Fargo Moorhead Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, American Lyric Theater and the Anchorage Opera. They include Embedded,with Patrick Soluri, Steal a Pencil for Me,with Gerald Cohen and a new adaptation of Die Fledermaus and Mozart's The Impressario. She is currently writing a new play about Martha Washington for Virginia Stage. An alumnus of New Dramatists and a member of ASCAP and the National Theatre Conference, Deborah teaches in the MFA programs at Goddard College, Columbia University and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.Website:http://www.DeborahBrevoort.com
"Deborah Brevoort's The Women of Lockerbie is a testament to the power of women's voices and poetry's ability to shift the way we perceive the world, offering an alternative paradigm to hold and maybe even heal great wounds." –Tina Packer, Founder & Artistic Director, Shakespeare & Co
"I have been haunted by The Women of Lockerbie for 15 years. Deborah writes out of a deep concern for humanity and her work asks how are we to behave after catastrophe strikes. She often answers that we must act together as a community. This is what she posits in this gorgeous and moving play. Using the elegance of Greek tragedy, the play shows us that picking up the pieces (in this case, literally) is the first step towards healing. And like Greek tragedy, offers us the opportunity to heal as well. "
–Lue Douthit, Director of Literary Development & Dramaturgy, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
E-copies will be available soon for e-readers.
About No Passport
No Passport is an artist-driven, grass-roots theatre alliance and press devoted to cross-cultural, Pan-American performance, theory, action, advocacy and publication. It was founded by Caridad Svich in 2003.
No Passport Press' Dreaming the Americas Series and Theatre & Performance Play Text Series promotes new writing for the stage, texts on theory and practice and theatrical translations.
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