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Visiting Murphy Director Daniel Stein Directs Still. Going Forward Backward

Still Going Forward Backward Cast 201311CONWAY, Ark. (November 5, 2013) – World renowned theatre artist Daniel Stein will direct a student production of his play Still. Going Forward Backward on Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Cabe Theatre.

The production is co-sponsored by the Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation for Literature and Language, which provides yearly support for the visiting director program.

Performances are free but reservations are required. For more information, call 501-450-1343.

Still. Going Forward Backward consists of repeated vignettes exploring the complicated interpersonal relationships between men and women. As Stein writes in his director’s notes, “It takes our thoughts, fantasies and wishes about personal relationships and puts them into three dimensions. Something that can be seen, instead of something that we usually only hold in our imaginations…. This is not some kind of intellectual mumbo jumbo. It is very down to earth – ideas shown on stage in a very visceral, UN-intellectual way. The ideas that we will be looking at are those of everyday communication between couples, or would be couples, or folks just sniffing around to see if they might want to be couples; ideas that highlight, for example, the differences in the way men and women communicate.”

About the Director

A world renowned theatre artist, Stein is this year’s Visiting Murphy Director. Stein is the head of movement and physical theatre at Brown University/ Trinity Repertory Theatre MFA Acting Program. He is now also the Director of theatre for the Accademia Dell'Arte Summer institute in Arezzo Italy.

Since leaving his position as an actor with the French National Theatre, Stein has been creating, directing and performing non-verbal and verbal plays. Performing these plays and the teaching that often accompanies them have taken him to more than 30 countries. His work has been seen at some of the world's largest theatre festivals such as Singapore, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Budapest and London, and has had the distinction of playing extended runs and performing at Lincoln Center.

At the founding conference of the National Movement Theatre Association he was elected, by his peers, as that organizations first president and continues to serve on its board of directors. Stein has taught master classes throughout the world at institutions such as Juilliard School of Drama, New York and The Institute of Dramatic Arts, Tokyo, also at international festivals, and at his own studio. He was named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and most recently the recipient of a National Theatre Artist Residency Grant, offered by The Pew Charitable Trust, and administered by Theatre Communications Group.    

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After studying in the Professional Actors Training Program at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he worked with Jewel Walker, Daniel went to Paris, France to study with Etienne Decroux,  becoming M. Decroux’s frequent translator. Subsequently making his home in Paris for 20 years, Daniel started his professional career as an actor with the French National Theatre.  His solo performances have toured in more than 30 countries, as well as in theatres such as the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center here in the United States. He has taught master classes throughout the world at institutions such as Juilliard School of Drama and The Shanghai Theatre Academy.  Daniel has directed for Companies such as the Berkeley Rep., Colorado Shakespeare Co. and Touchstone Theatres. and is a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.

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Katie Shultz, Bryan Urban, Madeline Newchurch, Megan Barker
Marissa Stubbe, Anna Dirx, Ira Grace, Robert Durante
Bonnie Nolan; Amelia Grayson; Luke Conner