The Book of Orpah


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By Jess Shoemaker
Directed by Andrea Hart

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. (Ruth 1:1) 

The Book of Orpah is a rich poem-play that traces the love of three women across their collective history, grappling with the impact of generational trauma, the nature of God and whether it is possible to reach one another across boundaries. 


March 7 at 11:00 a.m.

This presentation of The Book of Orpah will be a performed as a reading. There are no paid tickets for this event.

Guests are invited to arrive beginning 20 minutes prior to curtain in order to claim available seats on a first-come, first-served basis. 
About the Playwright

Jess Shoemaker is a director/playwright currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Directing. Last semester, Jess directed 12 Ophelias (a play with broken songs) for the UT Theatre Department. This will be her third year directing for UTNT (Flora Circular, Loverboy) and she is thrilled to be directing Tjipetir: A Search History this year. Professional credits include Venus is Fur (Great River Shakespeare Festival) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Grandstreet Theatre). Before coming to graduate school and falling madly in love with new work, Shoemaker spent 10 years acting, coaching and teaching classical text. Her own plays have enjoyed extended runs in Chicago and Los Angeles. 

About the Director

Andrea L. Hart is a first-year M.F.A. in Directing candidate. She has developed work at the #AmericanAF Festival in NYC, Great Plains Theatre Conference, the MacDowell Colony, CounterPulse, 6NewPlays and companies in and around San Francisco. Most recent credits include directing new Christmas plays for Trinity Street Playhouse and working with composer Jinghong Zhang on a performance for the Electro-Acoustic Recital in the Butler School of Music. 

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