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Producing the First in a Series of Monologues about Mortality: A Bunch of different Ways I'd like to Die

Timothy McDonough
Professor, Theatre Studies
ECAS, Resident Artist, Theatre Emory

In 2009, as I concluded a three-year term as Artistic Director of Theater Emory, I began

writing about mortality, exploring a variety of approaches, both autobiographical and fictional, first-person and third-person. Many short pieces were generated, and several frameworks emerged. These varied considerably in style and structure. I conceived a series of performances called The Death Monologues (Appendix A), in which I would myself act the material. I have experience as a solo performer and have for decades taught a course on performing speeches and monologues, an approach published in Acting Narrative Speeches: The Actor as Storyteller (Meriwether Publishing, 2002), with support from the University Research Committee for permissions.

This proposal seeks funding of $15, 500 in support of a professional production in Atlanta of the first installment of The Death Monologues. I will perform a staged reading of A Bunch of Different Ways I’d Like to Die (Appendix B) at Emory in February, 2018. With URC funding, I plan to book space in an Atlanta theater in the 2018-19 season; this spare production, in anticipation of touring, will require only lighting and sound. The next steps would be taking the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then to the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC.

This artistic research will contribute to Theater Emory’s profile as an originator of new work – a hallmark of the program – and it will enhance the visibility of our faculty’s work regionally, nationally, and internationally.

European Concert Tour, November 2018

William Ransom, DMA
ECAS, Department of Music

From November 1st to the 20th, 2018, I will be making a concert tour of several countries in Europe performing with the Vega String Quartet, violinist Helen Kim and cellist Charae Krueger, culminating with a debut concert at the famed Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. I will be performing music of Beethoven, Dvorak and Dohnanyi. This application is for funding for a course release for the Fall semester of 2018. This would give me the time to adequately prepare for the concerts and also be able to take the time away from teaching for the actual tour. A musician who is performing at the highest levels spends most of each day practicing and rehearsing- it simply takes hours and hours of daily practice to not only perfect but to also keep up one’s craft. And the few weeks and months just before major performances are especially critical for this kind of preparation. A course release would allow me the time to focus on my own playing, rehearse with the Vega and Ms. Krueger and Kim, perform “warm-up” concerts in the US, and be away from campus for almost four weeks in the heart of the fall semester.