EXPAND THE CANON
IN CONVERSATION: JAMES DEVITA
Playwright, An Improbable Fiction
With Robin Walsh, Director
& Sharon McCune, Associate Producer
Friday, November 19, 2021
2pm ET | YouTube
Join us for an in-depth discussion of the first selection of the Expand the Canon Series, An Improbable Fiction, with playwright James DeVita and director Robin Walsh.
How was art inspired by the pandemic? What would Shakespeare’s characters say if given their own agency? Tune in today at 2pm ET on our YouTube channel!
James DeVita (Playwright) James DeVita, a native of Long Island, NY, is an author, actor, and a theater director. Along with his novels, A Winsome Murder, The Silenced, and Blue, Jim has also worked extensively as a playwright. His adult plays include: An Improbable Fiction, Learning to Stay, Christmas in Babylon, Gift of the Magi (a musical adaptation), In Acting Shakespeare, The Desert Queen (the life of Gertrude Bell), Dickens in America, Waiting for Vern, The Three Musketeers, and a new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. Jim is also a playwright for young audiences. His work in the field has been acknowledged with The Distinguished Play Award from the AATE; The Intellectual Freedom Award, and The American Alliance of Theater and Education honored his body of work with the Charlotte B. Chorpenning Award. Jim is also a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Fiction. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Actors Equity Association.
Robin Walsh (Director) Robin Walsh has appeared on regional stages from Vermont to California, playing everything from a dog, in the comedy Sylvia, to the title role in Hamlet. She’s a recipient of the Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award as well as a Pittsburgh Foundation Creative Achievement Award. For PICT she played the title role in Hedda Gabler and Regan in King Lear. She is currently a professor in the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Robin has written several short plays for the Swan Festival and the Bricolage BUS Festival. She directed the premiere of Mad Honey for UnSeam’d Shakespeare and La Ronde for The Rep. She’s delighted to be directing the inaugural staged reading in the Expand the Canon Series.