Deborah Brevoort, a faculty member in Goddard’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, is the winner of the 2015 Liberty Live commission, a partnership between Premiere Stages and the Liberty Hall Museum in Union, New Jersey, to commission a new play that celebrates some aspect of New Jersey history.
Brevoort’s play My Lord, What a Night dramatizes the night singer Marian Anderson gave a concert in Princeton, New Jersey, and was refused a room at the Nassau Inn because she was black. Albert Einstein invited her to stay in his home, beginning a friendship between the two that would last their lifetimes. The play’s title is inspired by Anderson’s autobiography My Lord, What a Morning (Viking Adult, 1956).
My Lord, What a Night will receive three staged readings from Nov. 13-15, 2015, and a full production in October 2016.
Deborah Brevoort writes plays, musicals and operas. Her plays include The Women of Lockerbie, Blue Moon Over Memphis, a Noh Drama about Elvis, The Poetry of Pizza, The Blue-Sky Boys, The Comfort Team, and The Velvet Weapon. Her musical works include Crossing Over, (Amish Hip Hop), Embedded, King Island Christmas, and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing. She is published by DPS, Samuel French, Applause Books and No Passport. She’s an alumnus of New Dramatists and a cofounder of Theatre Without Borders.
About Goddard College
The mission of Goddard College is to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration, and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world. Goddard College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a number of disciplines. Founded in 1976, Goddard’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program was the first of its kind in the nation. The low-residency program is offered at campuses in Plainfield, Vermont, and Port Townsend, Washington. It is a 48-credit, student-centered program ideal for students with family, work, or personal obligations who choose to hone their writing skills while maintaining their other commitments. The program regularly hosts luminaries from the theater and film industries and the publishing trade, and conducts a Visiting Writers Series and Visiting Alumni Writers Series as well.