Theater Begins... with adaptation

Hannah Joyce, Alayna Jacqueline, and guest Emilio Williams
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 - 9:00am


In this episode of Theater Begins Here, we will explore what it means to subvert and reshape classic stories and their story structures, styles, and plots for the stage. We've invited Emilio Williams to talk about his experience with adaptations and discovering ways to make classics relevant today. As always, we will respond to questions from the live audience or those submitted via the Membership Podcast: Theater Begins Here Questions Form.

This Episode is for Those Who:

  • Interested in adapting creative work for the stage.
  • Interested in adapting or refreshing classics to stay relevant to today.
  • Are interested in how writing for theater includes but goes beyond dialogue and stage directions. 
  • Those who want to hear more about Emilio's play ¡Bernarda! directed by Wendy Mateo, it's a fresh new take on the classic by Federico García Lorca, The House of Bernarda Alba. Teatro Vista will produce this fall world premiere of ¡Bernarda!, co-presented by Steppenwolf at their 1700 Theater (October 18th, 2023 - November 19th, 2023).
  • Love Emilio Williams' work and want to listen to his thoughts, ideas, and experiences.

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Emilio Williams is a bilingual (Spanish/English) award-winning writer and educator. His critically acclaimed plays have been produced in Argentina, Estonia, France, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. Emilio has lectured around the world, and taught at several U.S. universities, including DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Georgia State University. He holds a BA in Film and Video and an MFA in Writing. He is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists where he is also a faculty member. This fall Teatro Vista will present the world premiere of his play "¡Bernarda!" at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.

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