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When:   January 17, 2006 2:00pm
Where:   45 Below @ The Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street)
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P73 Productions presents ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE by Quiara Alegria Hudes '99, directed by Davis McCallum At 18, Lance Corporal Elliot Ortiz crossed over into Iraq. At 19, he received the Purple Heart. Now, back from active duty, Elliot has been anointed a hometown hero. As he comes to terms with his memories of war, he uncovers the military experience of both his father and grandfather, discovering the delicate link that unites the Ortiz men across time. Set Design by Sandra Goldmark · Lighting Design by Joel Moritz Costume Design by Chloe Chapin · Music by Michael Friedman Sound Design by Walter Trarbach & Gabe Wood With Mateo Gomez (Anna in the Tropics, Arena Stage; Death of A Chronicle Foretold, Lincoln Center Theater); Zabryna Guevara (The Cook, INTAR; Sonja Flew, The Huntington Theatre); Armando Riesco (Garden State; National Treasure; Oliver Stone's upcoming film on 9/11) and Triney Sandoval (The Ladies of the Camellias, Yale Repertory Theatre) Please join us for the following free postperformance talkbacks: Back from War: Opening Up About the Military Experience - (January 29, February 3, February 8 & February 12) Jim Murphy, a Vietnam veteran and member of Veterans for Peace, discusses his experience dealing with the war after returning from Vietnam with a Latino Iraq war veteran and Afghanistan war veteran. Bringing the War Home: Writing About War (February 2) Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes shares her thoughts about the challenges of writing about war with writers who have recorded the war experience either as participants of battle or as journalists. This panel will feature Michael Norman, a former Vietnam Marine and author of These Good Men: Friendships Forged from War; Beth Norman, a Vietnam nurse and author of numerous books about her experience in Vietnam; Ned Parker, an Iraq correspondent for Agence-France Presse and a former embedded journalist; Elizabeth Rubin, a freelance journalist who has filed stories from Iraq, Afghanistan, the West Bank and Bosnia for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and The New Republic; and Laura Silber, Senior Policy Advisor for the Open Society Institute, co-author of Yugoslavia: The Death of A Nation and, from 1990 to 1997, the Financial Times Balkan correspondent. Quiara Alegría Hudes's plays include The Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! (Summer Play Festival, New York), the book for the upcoming salsa hip-hop musical In the Heights (produced by Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller), and Yemaya's Belly (honored with the Clauder Prize, The Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting and the Kennedy Center ACTF Latina Playwriting Award). Her work has been produced regionally at the Signature Theatre in Virginia, People's Light and Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Miracle Theatre, Perishable Theatre, Detroit Repertory and featured at the O'Neill Music Theatre Conference. Quiara holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University and a B.A. in Music Composition from Yale. She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Page Seventy-Three Productions, Inc. (“P73”) Founded in 1997 by Nicole Fix YSD '99, Liz Jones '96, Asher Richelli '97 and Daniel Shiffman '95, P73 is committed to producing the work of emerging playwrights. P73 has supported works by, Peter Ackerman '93, Janet Allard, Adam Blau '97, Daniel J. Blau, Michael Friedman, Kirsten Greenidge, Karen Hartman YSD '97, Quiara AlegrÍa Hudes, '99 Julia Jordan, Peter Morris '97, Dave Mowers, Dan O’Brien, Tracie Potochnik, Jean Randich YSD '94, Shane Rettig YSD '94, Micah Schraft, Peggy Stafford and Lauren Weedman, among others. Works developed by P73 have moved on to productions at Primary Stages, New York’s Women’s Project, Baltimore’s Centerstage and San Francisco’s Magic Theater. P73 was awarded the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation for its work on The Unknown by Janet Allard, Shane Rettig and Jean Randich. In 2003, P73 launched the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, a year-long program dedicated to supporting the work of one emerging writer. Past fellows include Kirsten Greenidge and Quiara Alegría Hudes. P73’s 2005-2006 Fellow is Jason Grote, who plans to develop 1001, a retelling of The Arabian Nights, exploring the modern-day relationship between a Jewish man and a Palestinian woman, as well as This Storm Is What We Call Progress, in which a young man is drawn into the mystical world of a sinister old woman and her beautiful assistant.

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Performances: Wed @ 8 PM, Thurs @ 8 PM, Sat @ 8 PM, Sun @ 3 PM. There will be no performance on Sun, Feb 5.