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Dramatic Writing

Tisch School of the Arts

New York University

GSTP Program


"Let's define and explore the connections between science and the arts -- between research and communicating and articulating that research -- between different methods of discovery, between different patterns of thinking, imagining, and creating."

Len Jenkin

Len Jenkin directed a fully-realized stage reading of his new play, "PORT TWILIGHT or A HISTORY OF SCIENCE (A Chronicle of Folly, Widdom, and Madness)", on October 8th, 2006, presented by the UW-Madison Department of Theatre and Drama. Prof. Jenkin received a Sloan award for creating this play. "The play thrusts scientists and their work into the strange yet familiar environs of Port Twilight, an all purpose fantasy city incorporating images from our future and our past. In this landscape of dark magic and decay, other powers, as well as science, are capable of profoundly altering our lives. Like a living cell, the play operates on many different levels. Its stories connect to and echo each other in ways that parallel the thinking of modern genomic scientists as they attempt to come to a genuine understanding of what makes us tick - at least at the molecular level."

LEN JENKIN'S plays include DARK RIDE, PILGRIMS OF THE NIGHT, MY UNCLE SAM, CARELESS LOVE and LIMBO TALES. His films include BLAME IT ON THE NIGHT, WELCOME TO OBLIVION, and SHOOTING STARS. His works have been produced throughout the United States, as well as in England, Germany, France, Denmark, and Japan. His novel, NEW JERUSALEM, was published by Sun & Moon Press, his children's book, THE SECRET LIFE OF BILLIE'S UNCLE MYRON by Henry Holt & Co., and his novel, N JUDAH, was published by Green Integer in 2006.

He has received three OBIE awards for Directing and Playwriting, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Awards, and four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. His most recent works are his collaboration with Big Dance Theatre on PLAN B (Bonn Biennale, Dance Theater Workshop NY) and LIKE I SAY (directed by the author at the Flea Theatre, NY).

Len Jenkin is a Professor of Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He holds a PhD in American Literature from Columbia University Graduate Faculties.




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