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Erik Ehn‘s work includes The Saint Plays, No Time Like the Present, Wolf at the Door, Tailings, Beginner, A Child’s Drawing of a Monster, What a Stranger May Know, Pony, New Noh, Pieces for Puppets and Ideas of Good and Evil. The Soulographie project, recently premiered at La MaMa in NY (November 2012) is a series of 17 plays written over 20 years, on the history of the US in the 20th Century from the point of view of its genocides (scripts includeMaria Kizito, Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling, Yermedea, Drunk Still Drinking). His works have been produced in San Francisco (Intersection, Thick Description, Yugen), Seattle (Annex, Empty Space), Austin (Frontera), New York (BACA, Whitney Museum), San Diego (Sledgehammer), Chicago (Red Moon), Atlanta (7 Stages), Los Angeles (Cal Rep, Museum of Jurassic Technology), Belgrade (Dah); elsewhere. He has taught at the U of Iowa, Naropa, UC San Diego, UT Dallas, and Cal Arts (graduate); U San Francisco, SF State, Santa Clara, and Skidmore (undergrad); in 2010, he led a writing workshop with the Belarus Free Theater in Minsk. He conducts annual trips to Rwanda/Uganda, taking students and professionals in the field to study the history of these countries, and to explore the ways art is participating in recovery from violence. He produces the Arts in the One World conference yearly, which engages themes of art and social change. Erik conducts silent retreats in collaboration with Anne Washburn, Gary Winter, and Jen and Madeleine George of Pataphysics. Artistic Associate, Theatre of Yugen. Graduate of New Dramatists. Former Dean of the CalArts School of Theater. Current Director of Writing for Performance, Brown University.

 

PROJECTS

VIREO: THE SPIRITUAL BIOGRAPH OF A WITCH’S ACCUSER
A serial opera about demonization of genius in women from the middle ages to the first world war, episodes one and two available now through Artbound

SOULOGRAPHIE
17 plays about genocide, including BURNT UMBER, MARIA KIZITO, & DRUNK STILL DRINKING.
Premiere: La MaMa E.T.C., November 2012.
Taken up by seventeen directors, rehearsed in Kampala, Warsaw and cities across the US, with artists entering the process from Paris and Madrid. Produced individually throughout the United States, Rwanda, and Uganda from 2011-2012 before converging at La MaMa for a two day festival.

“…Mr. Ehn has something vitally important to say and a many-splendored voice with which to say it.” -NY Times

SAINT PLAYS
150 and counting plays about faith.
Productions with Craning Neck (Vancouver, BC), Sledgehammer Theatre (San Diego), Factory 449 (D.C.), Cal Rep (Long Beach).