Professor of Theatre Studies David Hammond spent the summer directing in Montevideo, Uruguay, where his production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler for the Espacio Cultural Frederico Garcia Lorca received excellent reviews. He also conducted two weeks of master classes for Escuela del Actor.
David, chair of the Department of Theatre Studies, has now been invited to direct a production of an American classic for the Comedia Nacional, Uruguay’s national theatre. He will be the first American to direct the company. He received Uruguay’s highest theatre award, the Florencio, in 1992 for directing the Latin American premiere of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers and has since directed many productions there.
Meanwhile, his staging of The Tall Boy with actor Tandy Cronyn will open at New York’s United Solo Theatre Festival on Sept. 24. The Tall Boy, adapted by British playwright Simon Bent from Kay Boyle’s The Lost, was first produced in 2012 as a workshop by Guilford’s Department of Theatre Studies, followed by productions in the University of North Texas’ New Play Series and at the Clarence Brown Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn.