School of the Arts
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."
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."
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.
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).
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.