Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Harlan at the Rockpile by Seamus Sullivan, SFS '08

Harlan at the Rockpile by Seamus Sullivan, SFS '08

Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts August 19, 2008

The Kennedy Center's 7th Annual
Page-to-Stage Festival

August 30 - September 1, 2008

An annual showcase for new plays and musicals, Page-to-Stage hosts free readings and open rehearsals to give you a glimpse of Washington's new theater season. Featuring:

Harlan At The Rockpile

By Seamus Sullivan (SFS, '08)
Directed by Professor Tim Raphael
Featuring a Cast of GU Students and Alumni
September 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
World Premiere!

GU alum Seamus Sullivan's new play, Harlan at the Rockpile, extends over three centuries and two tumultuous lives. In the 19th century, Josiah Harlan, a Quaker, botanist, surgeon, governor and general, becomes the first American to penetrate Afghanistan's notoriously dangerous landscape and government. And in the 21st century, Harlan O'Neill, a sportswriter and failed foreign correspondent, returns to post-Taliban Afghanistan to monitor parliamentary elections, take political clout back from the warlords, and resurrect both his own career and Afghanistan's future- if he and an entire town aren't blown up first. Directed by Professor Tim Raphael, the creator of 2008's roots-rock opera Wisconsin Death Trip.

Also at the Festival

Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears

Written and Performed by Theodore Bikel
Musical Direction by Tamara Brooks
September 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Most recently seen at Georgetown University's Bridge To Peace Interfaith Arts Festival, Bikel and Brooks return to DC to unveil the world premiere of this movingly delivered, beautifully sung show about the pioneering 19th Century author Sholom Aleichem. Directed by Professor Derek Goldman, director of Georgetown University's Theater and Performance Studies Program.