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Loyola theatre professor, alumnus join forces in local playwrighting festival

January 17, 2014

Laura Hope

Laura Hope, Ph.D., Loyola University New Orleans associate theatre professor, and alumnus Josh Smith ’12 reunited earlier this month in “No More Sad Things,” a staged reading featured in Southern Rep’s New Play Bacchanal, a two-day celebration of new theatrical works. Hope directed the reading and cast Smith ’12 as the male lead.

As director of “No More Sad Things,” Hope worked with Hansol Jung, a South Korean playwright completing her final year at the Yale School of Drama. Jung, who translated more 30 American musicals into Korean before moving to America to study playwrighting, also wrote two of the songs featured in the play.

Produced in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, the two-day event included readings, workshops and discussions focusing on new dramatic writing with a special emphasis on work for, by and about women of color.

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