Four performances of ‘Deer and the Lovers’ by Emily Zemba are scheduled in the Iseman Theatre at Yale University beginning May 8. The play is part of the 10th Annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays.
Zemba, who graduated as a member of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2006, is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama.
Her plays include ‘Uninviting Margaret; Have You Been There?'; ‘But If the Train Comes to Her'; ‘I’m Sorry I Brought up God (Yale School of Drama)'; ‘We Know Edie La Minx Had a Gun and Look Up, Speak Nicely, and Don’t Twiddle Your Fingers all the Time (Yale Cabaret)’. This year at Yale Cabaret, she co-produced and co-hosted the Third Annual Yale School of Drag.
She is a founding member of “Guided Tour,” a collective which devises and performs site-specific, fairly ridiculous, participatory theatrical tours. Zemba’s work has been developed with The Middle Voice (Rattlestick Theater’s Apprentice Company), Labyrinth Theater Company (One-Act Experiment, 2014), and the Theater Masters National MFA Playwright’s Festival. She is currently a Core Apprentice with The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.
Zemba has mentored with the Yale Co-Op Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Program and MCC Theater’s Freshplay Festival, and taught playwriting at Wesleyan University. A recipient of The Shubert Scholarship, she holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. She describes ‘Deer and the Lovers’ as a comedy about being lost in love, lost in the woods, and searching for one’s purpose when life veers off track.
The 10th Annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays runs from May 8 through May 15. Tickets are available through the Yale University School of Drama website.