GWS Presents Brian Castner and Stephanie Fleischmann

28 Mar

03-29-2017 to 03-29-2017 – Join us for a lunchtime Reading and Q&A on Wednesday, March 29th at noon at the Jewel Box room in the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building (CTIHB) in the University of Utah campus. This event is in advance of the Utah Opera Performance of the operatic adaptation of Brian Castner’s memoir, THE LONG WALK; libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann.


Brian Castner is a nonfiction writer, former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer, and veteran of the Iraq War. He is the author of All the Ways We Kill and Die, published in March of 2016, and the war memoir The Long Walk, which was adapted into an opera and named an Amazon Best Book for 2012. His writing has appeared at the New York Times, Wired, Outside, Boston Globe, Time, The Daily Beast, and on National Public Radio. In 2014, he received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to cover the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, filing stories for Foreign Policy, VICE, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.


Stephanie Fleischmann is a playwright and librettist/lyricist whose texts serve as blueprints for intricate three-dimensional sonic and visual worlds. Her works have been developed and performed internationally and across the U.S. and include: Red Fly/Blue Bottle, with music by Christina Campanella (Latitude 14: HERE Arts Center; Noorderzon Festival, NL; EMPAC), Tinder (Exit Festival, Creteil, France), The Secret Lives of Coats (Playlabs, Whitman College), Tally Ho (London’s Roundhouse Studio and Atlanta’s Synchronicity), The Street of Useful Things (Act II),What the Moon Saw (Son of Semele; Interart), The World Speed Carnival (Soho Rep SummerCamp), The Wonder Seeker (Empty Space, Seattle), and song lyrics and dramaturgy for The Greeks Parts 2 and 3 and The Americans at Juilliard, with director Brian Mertes. Other venues include Bristol Old Vic (U.K.), Christine Jones’ T41, The Hollywood Bowl, Symphony Space, Asolo Rep. She has written the libretti for operas Another Sky and The Long Walk, commissioned by American Lyric Theater, with composer Jeremy Howard Beck, recipient of a 2013 Opera America development grant. She collaborates frequently with the Lake Lucille Project.

This event is made possible thanks to: Salt Lake City Arts Council, ZAP, Utah Humanities Council, The Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the University of Utah, and the Utah Opera.


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