Horovitz gets back to St Andrews

Renowned US playwright Israel Horovitz
Renowned US playwright Israel Horovitz
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Celebrated American playwright, Israel Horovitz, is coming to the Byre Theatre this month to lead a third creative writing residency to inspire and encourage promising new playwrights.

Following the success of Israel’s previous residencies at the Byre in 2009 and 2010, the distinguished writer will be working with the recently established St Andrews Playwrights Lab – a project of the theatre that brings together emerging writers from the University of St Andrews - as well as leading invaluable masterclasses for secondary school and community groups.

Horovitz has written more than 70 produced plays, translated and performed in as many as 30 languages worldwide. Among his best known plays, Line is the longest-running play in New York, now in its 38th consecutive year, while his French-language productions have led him to become the most-produced American playwright in the history of French-theatre.

A winner of numerous awards, Israel has also written screenplays for film and television, as well as writing, directing and performing in the award-winning documentary 3 Weeks After Paradise which documents his family’s experience in the aftermath of 9/11.

Over two weeks, Israel will work with St Andrews Playwrights Lab and the Byre Theatre to create 10, 10-minute dramas for the stage that will be shown during an evening of rehearsed readings where writers, actors and the audience can get a collective glimpse of the process of playwriting and the journey of a play from page to performance.

The evening will take place next Tuesday, June 14, and is a fantastic opportunity for admirers of Israel’s work to encounter the author’s creative process as well as an unmissable insight for all theatre-lovers into what goes on behind the scenes. Each of the plays promises to demonstrate the outstanding talent and potential of St Andrews writers.

Schools and community groups can set-up personal masterclasses while he takes up residence at the theatre; a chance to meet and learn from one of the world’s most famous and successful modern playwrights.

The residency forms part of the Byre Theatre’s Education & Outreach programme which collaborates with the local community through the creative arts, providing a variety of educational projects that bring together students and locals, young and old, in a shared love of theatre, music and comedy.

Byre chief executive, Jacqueline McKay, told the Citizen: “The Byre is delighted that an international playwright of the stature of Israel Horovitz has agreed to work with us again this year in St Andrews.

‘‘We are committed to supporting young artists and emerging talent, and we are very fortunate that Israel is as committed to sharing his gift.

‘‘Last year’s ten by ten new writing residency was huge in terms of energy and raw talent. We are really looking forward to the next instalment this month”.