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George Brant

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George Brant's plays include Elephant's Graveyard, The Mourners' Bench, Any Other Name, Grizzly Mama, Grounded, Salvage, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile, Defiant, Dark Room, Good on Paper, Ashes, NOK, The Lonesome Hoboes, One Hand Clapping, The Royal Historian of Oz, Lovely Letters, Three Men in a Boat, Borglum! The Mount Rushmore Musical, Tights on a Wire and Night of the Mime.

His work has been produced and developed by such companies as Trinity Repertory Company, the Kennedy Center, Cleveland Play House, Asolo Rep, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dobama Theatre, the Playwrights' Center, New Harmony Project, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab, the Hangar Theatre, Theatre 4, Equity Library Theatre, Premiere Stages, Florida Studio Theatre, Trustus Theatre, Elemental Theatre Collective, Balagan Theatre, the Drama League, the Disney Channel, Factory Theatre, Debutantes and Vagabonds, StreetSigns Theatre Company, and zeppo theater company, among others.

His scripts have been awarded the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center, the Smith Prize, the Keene Prize for Literature, and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2012. He has received writing fellowships from the James A. Michener Center for Writers, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Blue Mountain Center as well as commissions from Dobama Theatre and Theatre 4. George received his M.F.A. in Writing from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. He is published by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus.

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Inspired by recent grotesque events at a Georgia crematorium, Ashes is a disturbing play about the psychological damage the dead can inflict upon the living.  (2M, 1W)

Ashes was workshopped at Austin ScriptWorks and Trinity Repertory Company. 

Elephant's Graveyard

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Elephant's Graveyard is the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee, which resulted in the only known lynching of an elephant.  Set in September of 1916, the play combines historical fact and legend, exposing the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence and revenge. (10M, 3W)

Elephant's Graveyard was awarded the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center, a "Best New Play" citation from the Austin Critics' Table, a Playwrights Center Core Apprentice Workshop and the Keene Prize for Literature.

In 2009, it will be produced at the University of Warwick in the UK, Sioux Falls Washington High School in South Dakota, Trustus Theatre in South Carolina, and Balagan Theatre in Seattle.

Any Other Name

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A dark comedy (or light tragedy) about identity theft in Victorian England. (3M, 1W)

Any Other Name has been workshopped at Trinity Repertory Company, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab, and Shakespeare at Clark Park.  Upcoming productions include Premiere Stages in September of 2009 and Aquinas College in 2010.

Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile


Dr. Walter J. Freeman has invented a revolutionary new medical technique called a lobotomy, and now he's taking it on the road in a tireless (and ultimately tragic) quest to share the good news. Through a triptych of scenes spanning Freeman's career and retirement, Three Voyages of the Lobotomobile explores the dark side of the American myth of the confident and persevering genius.

Director: MICHAEL PERLMAN          


Scenic consultant: KATE SUTTON-JOHNSON


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