The entire play is built on this invisible structure of call and response. The call is the spoken word. The response is flesh. The word made flesh. It is tied to the Yoruban concept of Nommo, which loosely translated means: “speaking makes it so.” Nommo is also a Dogon word from Mali that refers to the power of words to create reality and build community. You will also find this idea in the book of Genesis.
If you are like me, you’ve probably spent hours over the last few months writing letters and making phone calls to your Senators and Congressman to voice your opposition to the political firestorm taking place in Washington DC. If you are like me, you are also probably experiencing some Resistance Fatigue, and frustration, due to busy signals, message machines that are full, staffers who are tired of hearing your voice, or hand cramps from writing so many letters.
Goddard College MFAW faculty Deb Brevoort: When I asked my friends why they wanted to cancel our season tickets (or not go to the theatre at all) they gave me a variety of answers. Here are some of the things they’ve said: The plays didn’t “grab them.” The shows were “boring.” They “wanted to feel moved, but didn’t.” One friend complained that the plays we were seeing didn’t have an “aha” moment;” another said that they wanted “something more;” another said “where’s the take-way?” Many of them said that they wanted to be “left with something,” and the plays we were attending didn’t leave them with anything.
Goddard College MFAW faculty member Deborah Brevoort: Tonight I will finally get to see a production of my MFA thesis play, a Noh drama about Elvis Presley titled Blue Moon Over Memphis. I have waited 23 years for this day.
Success could only be achieved after every possible mistake had been made on the ground, in order that they would not occur in the air. The engineers coined an expression about this that became their motto: Failure is a tool for making progress.
Most of us can point to the moment when we were awakened to art, to the incident that set us on the path to writing. Mine was in San Francisco in 1985. I was on a business trip and went
Coming Full Circle By Deborah Brevoort I first wrote Blue Moon Over Memphis, my Noh Drama about Elvis Presley, in 1993 while I was a graduate student at Brown University. I took a
Blue Moon Over Memphis, Deborah Brevoort’s Noh Drama about Elvis Presley will be produced in a traditional Noh staging by Theatre Nohgaku in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday May 23rd at 2pm and 7pm. The production will feature Noh orchestrations composed
EMBEDDED, the Edgar Allan Poe opera written by Deborah Brevoort, will be produced by the Ft. Worth Opera in their 2016 season. The production is timely as Goddard College rolls out its new focus on libretto writing. EMBEDDED
By Deborah Brevoort It is often said that Mozart is the greatest composer to have ever lived. After writing a new libretto for his comic opera The Impresario I understand why. I got the first inkling of his genius when
There will be a reading of Deborah Brevoort’s play The Blue-Sky Boys at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown, NJ on Monday March 2nd at 7 pm. The Blue-Sky Boys dramatizes the imaginative and unorthodox creative process used by the group
Deborah Brevoort (Faculty MFAW-VT) will be a visiting guest artist this weekend (February 27-28) at at Emory University’s Oxford College in Atlanta, Georgia, where they are producing her play “The Women of Lockerbie.” Deborah will give a lecture about the
Deborah Brevoort (Faculty MFAW-VT) was commissioned to write new libretto for Mozart’s comic masterpiece THE IMPRESARIO for the Anchorage Opera in Anchorage, Alaska, where it opens on February 20. Deborah’s adaptation places Mozart himself at the center of the story
Back by popular demand! Deborah has been invited back to the San Miguel Writer’s Conference in San Miguel Allende Mexico in February 2015 to teach to teach three playwriting workshops. The conference is an annual event that brings together writers
Lewis Hyde, in a terrific book called The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, compares the radical power of art to gift giving. All over the world, gift-giving rituals work in invisible ways to create community, strengthen