A Thousand Words

Six playwrights consider the importance of photography

It's easy to see where the organizers of A Thousand Words got the name for the event (you know that old saying "A picture is worth..."). A Thousand Words is a collection of six short plays by Houston playwrights, with each work connected to photography in some way. "We have plays about photography as an art form, about photography bringing people together and about a photo's ability to preserve the magnificence of nature and the horrors of war," says Lauren Tunnell, artistic director for A Thousand Words. Roger Widmeyer's The Devil Walks at Antietam imagines a meeting between Civil War photographer Mathew Brady and poet Walt Whitman, who come together to discuss the effect Brady's bloody photos will have on the public - will they incite more violence, or horrify people so that they demand an end to the war? Jere Pfister's The Art of War follows nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi and a young photographer, who capture what is now the only surviving color photo of the first A-bomb explosion. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Museum of Printing History, 1324 West Clay. For information, call 713-528-2723 or e-mail scriptwriters.houston@gmail.com. $12.
April 23-24, 7:30 p.m., 2010
 
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