March 05, 2013
Avidon’s O Guru Guru Guru Opening at Humana Fest
: Courtesy Humana Festival of New American Plays.
It’s been a long journey for Mallery Avidon [TH ‘03] and her new play O Guru Guru Guru, but they’ve arrived — at the Humana Festival.
When O Guru Guru Guru, or why i don’t want to go to yoga class with you opens at the renowned Humana Festival of New American Plays on March 22, it will be the culmination of a long process of writing and re-writing. But it will be a true beginning, career-wise, for its author, Cornish grad Mallery Avidon. The Humana Festival is well known as the jumping off point for some of America’s leading playwrights.
The Human Festival is produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky. Avidon hasn’t been at the theater for long, but it’s already made an impression. “It’s Amazing to be here,” she says. “I got here only a week ago Wednesday. It’s a dream come true.” Having her work performed in such a setting was a dream, but not one that seemed easy to realize. “My plays are unusual, offbeat,” says Avidon. “I never expected to have my work done at a big regional theater, Humana is one of the only places adventurous enough to do this kind of work on such a large scale.”
It’s all the more exciting because of the chance to work with top professionals. Mallery calls Actors Theatre Artistic Director Les Waters a hero and a mentor. She was ecstatic to be seated next to Guggenheim Fellow Will Eno for the Humana series’ press conference. Avidon saw his play (“Twice!” she says) Thom Pain (based on nothing) in New York eight years ago and loved it, and has been a huge fan ever since. His play Gnit is in this year’s lineup along with O Guru Guru Guru. She is equally delighted with the casting of her play and with its director, Lila Neugebauer. She works closely with them every day.
“It’s incredible, to work late into the night,” says Avidon, “then bring in pages and hear them the next day.”
O Guru Guru Guru was Avidon’s grad school thesis production at Brown University and had readings at that time. Later, it was workshopped at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Mallery graduated in theater in 2003, and hold a master’s degree in playwriting from Brown.
O Guru Guru Guru plays in ATL’s Victor Jory Theatre March 22 - April 7, 2013, with previews March 20 and 21. TICKETS.
PICTURE: Courtesy Humana Festival of New American Plays.
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