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The Toaster by Rebecca Brown
Commissioned and Produced by New City Theater
October 20-23 & 27-30

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    About The Toaster & Rebecca Brown

    Excerpt of an audio interview with Rebecca Brown:

    (Rebecca speaks about the collaborative process and how The Toaster came into being)

    …a couple of years ago, John Kazanjian commissioned me to write a play...John’s thing was, "Write a play about whatever you want." And just the idea of that was so liberating and so encouraging. And I’ve written a lot about…characters that talk with one another and have relationships, and a lot of my books were about relationship issues, whether it’s within a family or lovers or whatever. So the notion of creating a picture of people in relationship with one another wasn’t such a big leap for me. But the idea of having people talk to one another, as opposed to having long passages of description or interior monologue—that was a pretty big jump. So it was a really happy experience—certainly not happy at the time, I mean, I’m  always miserable when I’m writing, but just as far as initiating a collaborative relationship with another artist, i.e. John and his company, that was really satisfying and great. … I realize that what I’ve done is I’ve written something for the page, and that it really requires other people to bring it to life, you know, on the stage.

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    Rebecca Brown (playwright) is the author of nine books, most recently the memoir, Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary, published by Granta Books (UK) and University of Wisconsin Press (USA) and a winner of the 2003 Washington State Book Award. In May 2003 City Lights published her memoir-in-essays, The End of Youth. Among her other books are The Gifts of the Body, The Dogs: A Modern Bestiary, Annie Oakley’s Girl, and The Terrible Girls. Her work is widely anthologized in books as diverse as the Norton Anthology of Literature by Women and The Rendezvous Reader. Her books have been translated into Japanese, German, and Dutch.

    Brown’s first play, The Toaster, was commissioned by the New City Theater, Seattle. About Face Theater in Chicago adapted her novel The Terrible Girls for the stage in 2001. Her work has also been adapted for theater by Book-It Theater in Seattle, the LA Short Fiction Series in Los Angeles, and small theaters in the UK. In 2003 she collaborated with Better Biscuit Dance to create, The Tragedy, a performance work which had a successful run at Velocity Studio, Seattle. Brown is currently working on an opera with Better Biscuit Dance and composer Michael Katell.

    Brown has been awarded residencies by The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Millay Colony, Hawthornden Castle, and Centrum. She has taught in college and university settings in the USA and abroad, including Brown University, Tokyo University, University of Bologna (Italy), University of Texas, University of Alaska, etc. She is currently a member of the MFA in writing faculty at Goddard College, Vermont.


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