More than several works at this year’s festival are adapted from other literature. For example, Macbeth (Brett Bailey’s adaptation of Verdi’s opera adaptation of Shakespeare’s original play) as well as As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour’s adaptation of Faulkner’s novel), just to name two . In this workshop lead by Vincent Murphy and based on his book by the same title, participants explore the six building blocks fundamental to uncovering the play latent in a work of fiction or other genres, including poems, autobiographies, essays and newspaper articles. Murphy offers what he has learned and taught about adaptation-specific strategies for theme, dialogue, character, imagery, storyline, and action.
A professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Vincent Murphy has been an artistic producing director of three theaters, with a professional career of collaboration on more than 200 productions in the US, Canada, South America, and Europe. He has garnered more than forty major awards in directing, playwriting, teaching, and acting—working at several leading regional theaters in the United States. Murphy initiated and produced festivals with residencies by Athol Fugard, Frank Manley, Naomi Wallace and Wole Soyinka.