2012 Puterbaugh Festival
The next Puterbaugh Festival (March 6-9, 2012) will feature Irish playwright Marina Carr, including performances of her play By the Bog of Cats with the OU School of Drama. Read Carr's biography, the synopsis of her play By the Bog of Cats and the syllabus for the Puterbaugh course surrounding the festival.
Marina Carr, the 2012 Puterbaugh Fellow
Marina Carr, one of the most talented of the new generation of Irish playwrights, is noted for her “blend of rural Irish domestic tragedy and classical re-writing, a mixture which marks her out as a writer concerned with both the minutiae of individual struggles and the poetry of grand-scale human tragedy” (Catherine Rees).
Born in 1964, Carr grew up in County Offaly and graduated from University College Dublin in 1987. The author of fifteen plays, her awards include the Dublin Theatre Festival Best New Play Award, a Macauley Fellowship, a Hennessey Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and an E. M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. She is an honorary professor at Trinity College Dublin and has just been awarded an honorary doctorate from her alma mater. Her latest plays include Phaedra Backwards, which premiered at the McCarter Theatre in October 2011, and 16 Possible Glimpses (based on the life of Anton Chekhov), which premiered at the Abbey Theatre’s Dublin Theatre Festival in September 2011.
The 2012 Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature & Culture will kick off with an opening night of Irish storytelling and music (date and location TBA), followed by two roundtable discussions of Carr’s work in the context of classical Greek and modern Irish theater (Thursday, March 8). Carr will then deliver a public keynote talk on Friday, March 9. Saturday, March 10, will mark the Oklahoma premiere of Carr’s play By the Bog of Cats, performed by the OU School of Drama, with additional performances scheduled for March 11-14. (To read a synopsis of Carr’s play, which received the Irish Times/ESB Award for Best New Play in 1998, click here.)
Updated 28 October 2011