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Recent Graduate Premieres New Work at Kean University
Any Other Name, written by playwriting graduate George Brant (M.F.A. '08), made its debut on September 4 at Premier Stages at Kean University. Winner of the 2009 Premiere Stages Play Festival, Any Other Name is set in 1940s London and follows a desperate young poet who conspires to steal and profit from the unpublished work of another poet, now committed to an asylum. "It's a play about identity theft, 19th-century style — long before the internet made identity theft famous," said Brant in a recent interview with The Star Ledger on NJ.com.
Read more about Any Other Name in The New York Times review, “A Thoroughly Modern 1840s Identity-Theft Drama.”
Also on stage this month is Brant's Elephant's Graveyard at Seattle's Balagan Theatre. Elephant's Graveyard was first produced as a staged reading during the University Co-op Presents Cohen New Works Festival in the spring of 2007 and was awarded the Keene Prize for Literature in 2008.