Reading of Edith Freni's Play, "The Mystic"

Tuesday, Apr, 11 2017 — 6:30 PM
At: Guerry Garth Lawn or Convocation in case of rain

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to listen to a reading of "The Mystic" by Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Reisdence, Edith Freni.  Jessica Holt will direct the interconnected stories of an aging contemporary matriarch who believes she is the reincarnation of 12th century Christian mystic Hildegard of Bingen and Little Hildegard as she struggles to escape a terrifying fate. This event is sponsored by the Sewanee Writer's Conference and is in conjunction with the Mellon Globalization Forum's 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference “A Sense of Space and Place: Global and Local Perspectives” at the University of the South. 

Edith Freni holds both her BFA and MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing. Her work has been produced and developed in New York and nationally at theatres including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Labyrinth Theatre Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Actor's Express (Atlanta), Profile Theater Company (Portland, OR) And Nashville Repertory Theatre. Edith is a three-time nominee for the prestigious PONY Award and a two-time finalist for the Jerome Fellowship. Her play Total Power Exchange was a finalist for the 2017 Blue Ink Playwriting Award given by American Blues Theater; nominated for the 2013 L. Arnold Weissberger Award and the 2014 KILROY'S LIST. In 2014, Edith was also nominated for the Humanitas Prize and the Francesca Primus Award for her play Buena Vista. Edith was a long-time member of Youngblood and is also a member of Obie-winning Partial Comfort Productions. Her work is published by Playscripts, DPS, Smith & Krauss and Applause. She was the inaugural Emory University Playwriting Fellow from 2014-16. 

Edith was a 2015-16 Ingram New Works Lab resident playwright at Nashville Repertory Theater and the recipient of a New Territories Playwriting Residency at Serenbe Playhouse in January 2016, and a fellowship at the 2016 Sewanee Writers' Conference. She is currenly the 2016-17 Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN.

Image Info:
Hildegard receives a vision in the presence of her secretary Volmar and her confidante Richardis, ca 1220-1230. Found in the collection of Biblioteca Statale, Lucca. (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)


The conference “A Sense of Space and Place: Global and Local Identities” and associated events have been co-organized by the Mellon Globalization Forum, International and Global Studies Program, Office of Global Citizenship, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. The organizing committee includes Justyna Beinek (International and Global Studies and Russian), Nicholas Roberts (History and International and Global Studies), Kelly Whitmer (History), and Scott Wilson (Politics). We extend special thanks to Sara Nimis, Tammy Elliott, Megan Roberts, and Helen Stapleton. Images in the conference materials courtesy of Pradip Malde and Brock Gordon. All events are free and open to the public.





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