April 15, 2008 — Edward Morgan, accomplished playwright and director, will give a presentation of "Twenty Seven," an adaptation of William Faulkner's novella "Old Man," on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helms Theatre. The performance will feature U.Va. student-actors and faculty members. The event is free and open to the public. Parking for the event is available in the new Culbreth Road Parking Garage.
The story is set during the flood of 1927 in Mississippi and Louisiana and follows a convict and pregnant woman swept along by the flood. The story explores the questions of responsibility, freedom and fate, individuality and race through colorful characters —wise-cracking convicts, a gentlemanly warden, an oafish deputy, fast-talking lawyers, a steamboat captain and a Cajun alligator hunter.
Earlier this month, Morgan conducted a series of master classes focused on audition techniques and directing regional theater to students in University of Virginia Department of Drama, and advised graduating M.F.A. acting students on their professional portfolios.
Morgan is returning to U.Va. after a successful visit to the drama department in 2006, when he directed a production of George Bernard Shaw's "Arms and the Man" on the Culbreth stage.
Morgan's professional productions of literary adaptations include "Sounding the River: Huck Finn Revisited" at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater in 2002; "The Tavern, A Strange and Comical Night in the Life of Huey O. Long," at the Swine Palace Theatre in Baton Rouge, La.; Ibsen's "Ghost" in 1997 at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater; and "A Christmas Carol," annually since 1998 at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and in 2007 at Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn. Morgan served as Milwaukee Repertory Theater's associate artistic director for six seasons, and his 1997 production of Robert Lowell's "Bentio Cereno" was featured in American Theatre Magazine.
Morgan's work has garnered numerous awards, including Helen Hayes Awards and nominations and the Drama League of New Work Director's Project award.