Rose Lewenstein & Russell Bender – Game of Life

Posted on September 14, 2012 by


Game of Life is a compelling new play inspired by the mathematical phenomenon of emergence, running from 5 – 22 September 2012 atThe Yard Theatre, Hackney Wick. In this episode of Little Atoms Neil Denny talks to playwright Rose Lewenstein and director Russell Bender about the production.

Rose Lewenstein studied Performance Arts at the Central School of Speech & Drama and participated in the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme. Theatre includes: Ain’t No Law Against Fish ‘N’ Chips (Royal Court Young Writers Festival reading), Only Human (Theatre 503 Labfest, also shortlisted for the Papatango New Writing Festival and King’s Cross Award) and Entries on Love (Rich Mix Snapshots Festival). Her short plays have been produced at Theatre 503, Hen & Chickens, Soho Theatre and Southwark Playhouse. Film includes: co-writer on the forthcoming independent feature Solomon. Rose is currently a member of the Royal Court’s Supergroup.

Russell Bender trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and on the Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab 2010. He was a runner up of the 2009 JMK award for young directors. His work as a director includes Entries on Love by Rose Lewenstein (Rich Mix Snapshots Festival), Kalagora by Siddartha Bose (Edinburgh Fringe 2011 and 12 venue UK studio tour), Emo by Tom Wainwright (ATC/Bristol Old Vic, Clare Studio Young Vic), 5pm no particular afternoon (The Space). He has also done numerous readings and workshop periods on new writing and devised pieces. He was a Staff Director at the National Theatre where he worked on The Kitchen by Arnold Wesker and The King James Bible. Other work as assistant director include The Master and Margarita (Complicite) The Beethoven Project (Tom Morris, Aldeburgh Music), Tombstone Tales (Carl Heap, Arcola Theatre) and The Desire Tree (Andrea Brooks, Oxford Playhouse and touring). Russell has a physics degree and has 5 years experience in software development.

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