W\E: a Theatrical Piece of The Wall, was written by UVa Associate Professor Doug Grissom in collaboration with the MFA Acting Company. I supervised the development process and directed the production. Based on true events, this presentation of original short scenes imagines life on both sides of the Berlin Wall. The performance was part of the Berlin Wall Symposium—a week-long multidisciplinary exploration marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The presentation was made possible through funding and support from the Offices of the President and the Provost, the Vice Provost for the Arts. The panels of the wall on display at UVa (titled Kings of Freedom) made possible through Robert and MeiLi Hefner.
From Jody Kielbasa, Vice Provost for the Arts:
Emma and I wanted to thank you all for the extraordinary work each and every one of you did with the Berlin Wall Symposium. As our last event wrapped up in December, we wanted to take this opportunity send our appreciation for all your time and efforts. I heard personally from President Sullivan that she was very pleased with the symposium and grateful to all for your work. Each event and program brought a unique perspective and analysis of an event that touched the whole world. The collaboration of schools and departments for this symposium was remarkable – a true testament to what we can accomplish together.
Photo of actors with audience and photo of written graffiti:
As the audience entered and left the theatre, they were invited to interact with the cast on stage and encouraged to contribute to the production through writing on the theatre wall.
Media and Reviews for Berlin Wall
- Berlin Wall Poster
- Berlin Wall Program
- Berlin Wall The Daily Progress
- Berlin Wall UVa Today
- UVa Arts Magazine