PERIHELION THEATER COMPANY AND PRODUCTIONS
Rehearsing Showing Your Gold, 1997
Playwright: Maker of Plays
In today's theatrical world, playwrights are too often taken to be simply writers of plays. As such, playwrights are not expected to direct, produce, design or in other ways bring the production to fruition.
A playwright literally is a maker of plays; the word "wright" means "maker." Making the play means writing the script, putting the ingredients of the production together, directing the actors as well as coordinating other technical directors and sometimes even acting in the performances. As Jean Cocteau wrote: "A theatrical piece ought to be written, presented, costumed, furnished with musical accompaniment, played and danced, by a single individual. This universal athlete does not exist. It is therefore important to replace the individual by what resembles an individual most; a friendly group."
Karyn performs in this tradition, the tradition of Cocteau, Shakespeare and Moliere, playwrights in the fullest sense of the word.
|A profile of Karyn Traut appears in the Spring 2002 Endeavors magazine, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
Karyn Traut: C.V.
Writer, Playwright, Director, Producer
Founder, Artistic Director and CEO Perihelion Theater Company 1987 to present
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept of Social Medicine
School of Medicine, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 1989 to present
Carolina Speakers Bureau:
“Thomas Jefferson; Brother’s Keeper”
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BERKELEY BROCCULI,1999 Perihelion Theater Company, Literary Performance, Café Loon Loon; New York City. 1998 Perihelion Theater Company Literary Performance presentation; Caffé Driade, Chapel Hill, N.C
Perihelion Theater Company full-staged production;
WestEnd theater of the ArtsCenter, Carrboro, N.C.
SHOWING YOUR GOLD,1997
Perihelion Theater Company Literary Performance presentation
Caffe Driadé, Chapel Hill, N.C.
ATR and THE NAMING OF NAMES, 1995, Perihelion Theater Company production at PSI Theater in the Durham Arts Council, Durham, N.C.
THE HUMIDITY MAID, 1994, Perihelion Production, Gerard Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill, N.C.
HOUSE UPON THE SAND, 1992, Perihelion Production, The Forest Theater, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill, NC.
SHELTER, 1992, Perihelion Production, The Community Church, Chapel Hill, NC.
ALLIGATOR AND ELLIS, 1990-91, Perihelion Production, The state of North Carolina, several cities.
ALLIGATOR AND ELLIS on TELEVISION, 1993. Special video production produced by Perihelion in association with UNC-TV.
SATURDAY'S CHILDREN, 1988. (A play spiraling around the life of Thomas Jefferson), The Arts Center and Perihelion Production (neé Eccentric Circles Theater Company of North Carolina) The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC.
THE WOMAN AT FARMER'S MARKET, 1987, Perihelion Production, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC; The Women's Inter-Arts Center, New York, NY.
REMEMBERED MUSIC, 1987,
(A play drawn from Karyn's experience interviewing Frank Lloyd Wright as
a high school freshman) Perihelion Production, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro,
The Women's Inter-Arts Center, New York, NY.
SHELTER, 1980, (About life in Venice, California during the '70's) Carolina Regional Theater First Stage Production. Actor's Canteen in Cherokee, NC; presented also at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C.1980.
VENICE SONATA, 1978, (Earlier version of Shelter)Greenhouse Productions, Fifth Street Studio Theater, Hollywood, CA presented also at Pasadena Arts Center Theater, Pasadena, CA. 1978.
OZMA OF OZ, an adaptation, 1977, Synthaxis Theatre production, The Agape Playhouse, Burbank, CA. Synthaxis Theatre, Pasadena, CA.
JFK . . . A HOLE IN REALITY (now titled KENNEDY'S PLAY) 1976-77, Synthaxis Theatre productions, Synthaxis Theatre, Pasadena, CA.
VENETIANS BLIND, an MFA full staged production with original music by David Colloff, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 1969.
BON VOYEURS, a one-act play production, One act plays: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 1970.
Staged Readings of Plays written by Karyn Traut
ATR, 1994, NC Playwrights Festival, Pinehurst, NC
THE HUMIDITY MAID, 1993, NC Playwrights Festival, Pinehurst, NC.
KENNEDY'S PLAY, 1992, NC Playwrights Festival, Salisbury, NC.
Greacian Goeke and Dalia
HOUSE UPON THE SAND, 1990 Southeast Playwrights
Project, Atlanta, GA.
PHOENIX RISING, 1989 Southeast Playwrights Project, Atlanta, GA.
RETURN TO EDEN, 1989 New Plays Rising, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, N.C.
ArtsCenter in Carrboro, New Plays Rising presentation
of work begun and set at the Headlands.
THE LOTSA HOPE SHOW, (a five minute play about the war in Vietnam)
1987 Columbia Street Bakery, Chapel Hill, N.C.
University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, Department of Social Medicine, Adjunct Assistant
Performance, Culture, Art, and Healing selective, 1996-2000.
Medicine and Theater selective, 1989-1995.
Duke University, Durham NC, Deptartment
of Continuing Education.
1989-1990, Writing for the Third Dimension
The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC.
Playwriting for Conflict Resolution
Playwriting as Sculpture
Playwriting: Fusing Form and Content
Playwriting for the Living Theater
Artistic Director, Perihelion Theater Company.
Associate Member, South East Playwrights Project.
1988-93 (New Dramatists of the South).
Coordinator and Founding Member of New Plays Rising.
1986-88 playwrights co-operative at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC.
Co-Artistic Director, Carolina Regional Theatre, (Founded by Martha Nell Hardy).
1982, a professional touring company (Now North Carolina Theatre).
Associate Member, Dramatists Guild, current.
Playwright in Residence
1977-1978 Synthaxis Theatre Foundation, Pasadena, CA.
"Theater as an Art of Healing," Women, Violence and the Arts of Survival Conference, Duke University, 1996.
"Stayin Alive;" NC ARTS Spring 1992.
“Letting the Genii out of the Bottles;” Orange County Arts Commission newsletter 1999.
League for Innovation in the Community College.
National Student Literary Competition 1999-2000.
North Carolina Writers’ Network 2000-04.
Movieteen Illustrated, national teen magazine, 1960-61, Malibu, CA.
At the age of 14, Karyn, as a high school freshman at North Phoenix High School, interviewed architect Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West. This resulted in the play Remembered Music, 1986.
Questions? Write to Perihelion Theater Company, P.O. Box 208, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514
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