Artist OTW: Evan Silver ’16

This week’s artist of the week is Evan Silver ’16 for his work in playwriting and directing. He has acted in and directed numerous plays in his four year at Brown, including directing two original works, “Waxwing” and “11 Apocalypses.”

Currently, he plays the role of Mr. Burns in “Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play,” which opens this weekend.

The literary arts concentrator received a Luce Scholarship in February, which will allow him to live in Asia for a year post-graduation and study Eastern theater traditions.

“I can’t believe that I get the opportunity to explore for a year,” Evan said. “There are a lot of theater traditions in Asia that deal particularly with specific mythologies and do really interesting work with them, and I’m excited to observe that and maybe even be a part of it,” he said.

In his writing, Evan is “focused on working with ancient mythologies and folklores from various cultures and adapting them for a contemporary audience,” he said.

Evan’s interest in writing for performance began in high school. “I found fulfillment from writing and directing pretty early on and knew that was what I wanted to do,” he said. “I like devising the whole story from beginning to end.”

As for what the future holds, Evan has an open mind. “I want to be constantly challenging myself and constantly producing new work, some of which won’t be good, but all of which will be part of the same exploratory process,” he said.

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