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Recent Graduate Premieres New Work at Kean University

Premiere Stages Presents, “Any Other Name,” by George Brant (M.F.A. '08)

Any Other Name, written by playwriting graduate George Brant (M.F.A. '08), made its debut on September 4 at Premier Stages at Kean University. Winner of the 2009 Premiere Stages Play Festival, Any Other Name is set in 1940s London and follows a desperate young poet who conspires to steal and profit from the unpublished work of another poet, now committed to an asylum. "It's a play about identity theft, 19th-century style — long before the internet made identity theft famous," said Brant in a recent interview with The Star Ledger on NJ.com.

Read more about Any Other Name in The New York Times review, “A Thoroughly Modern 1840s Identity-Theft Drama.”

Also on stage this month is Brant's Elephant's Graveyard at Seattle's Balagan Theatre. Elephant's Graveyard was first produced as a staged reading during the University Co-op Presents Cohen New Works Festival in the spring of 2007 and was awarded the Keene Prize for Literature in 2008.