Rob Urbinati, playwright and theatre director based in New York City, will discuss his work as the Director of New Play Development at the Queens Theatre in the Park. The interactive lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the lobby of Ford Hall on the Linfield College campus.
At the Queens Theatre, Urbinati focuses on the Immigrant Voices Project, a year-round program that develops new plays reflecting the diverse demographics of New York City. The population of the borough of Queens is the most diverse of any area in the United States. Programming with the project includes a play reading series, workshops and full productions. The project works with plays on any theme by "minority" writers, and plays on "immigrant" themes by non-minority writers. Urbinati will discuss the challenges of initiating new works and building audeinces representative of this multicultural population
Urbinati, the author of Linfield Theatre’s upcoming production of “West Moon Street,” is on campus this week to present a series of lectures and workshops and to work with the cast of “West Moon Street.” Other public events include a “Meet the Playwright” discussion on Thursday, February 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Ford Hall and a reading of Dr. Uribinati’s new play, “Death By Design” at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 26, also in the lobby of Ford Hall. Commissioned by the Houston Family Arts Center and scheduled for its world premier in September of 2011, the play asks the question: What happens when you mix Noel Coward and Agatha Christie in an English country manor in 1931? This mix of Coward’s style with Christie’s plot devices results in a hilarious murder mystery with multiple suspects.