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Escape to Create: Word Masters: Don Carroll & JC Hallmane

What: Escape to Create: Word Masters: Don Carroll & JC Hallmane
When: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Seaside Repertory Theater

Come out for a memorable evening celebrating Escape to Create’s 27th performance season in Seaside, Florida.  The 2019 Escape to Create (E2C) performance continues Friday, Jan. 25th with Word Masters: Don Carroll & JC Hallman at the Seaside Repertory Theatre at 7:30pm.

Performances continue throughout February at The REP and other various locations in Seaside and throughout the community of South Walton as announced.  Tickets to performances at the door or online:  Some E2C events are free to attend.

 Word Masters: Don Carroll & JC Hallman
Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | Tickets $25 at 

During the thirty years Donald Carroll has lived and worked as an attorney in Rome, Italy, he has been actively involved in the Anglo-American theatre community as actor, director and playwright. His full-length play, If Lear Had A Lawyer, enjoyed its premier run with the English Theatre of Rome in late 2017. The play’s origins began with Carroll’s article of the same title published in the Lincoln Center Theatre Review at the time of their 2004 production of King Lear. Carroll since has developed the role of the Fool as a newly minted lawyer who wrestles with the monarch’s edicts. While in Seaside, he will further update his script to engage today’s audiences to consider the timeless questions of whether the rule of law is always just, whether power must corrupt and whether blind love can always be true. Carroll will screen a video trailer created for the play and present the script as narrator in a reading at The REP Theatre. The playwright will conduct an innovative workshop in writing contemporary poems in iambic pentameter for high school students.

J.C. Hallman of Brooklyn, NY is the author of several works of nonfiction that combine memoir, history, journalism, and travelogue. He has also published a collection of short stories and edited two anthologies of “creative criticism.” Hall’s numerous honors include a Pushcart Prize and a James Michener Fellowship. He is recipient of a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship in fiction, and a 2013 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in the general non-fiction category. While in Seaside, Hallman will develop his next book about the highly controversial “Father of Gynecology,” J. Marion Sims, an honor gained by his experimental surgeries on young slave women without anesthesia in an attempt to cure “obstetric fistula.” A previously forgotten slave, Anarca, was Sim’s thirtieth surgery which provided the breakthrough that launched his international acclaim. The Anarcha Quest: The Story of a Slave and a Surgeon is scheduled for publication in 2020. Hallman will present his exhaustive research and the materials that have enabled him to reconstruct the life of the young woman who changed medical history. He will teach a class in creative writing based on exploration of a 1915 James Agee essay.

Escape to Create in Seaside Florida
Seaside’s Escape To Create (E2C) artist residency launches its 27th season with the arrival of a dozen artists selected from an international pool of applicants for the renowned creative retreat in Seaside, Florida. E2C artists are in residency this January and February as they escape to create their individual projects in the music, literary, visual, theater and performance arts. As a residency requirement, artists give a public performance as a contribution to the community. Often produced in partnership with The REP Theater in Seaside, their readings, screenings, lectures and performances bring outstanding cultural programs to the South Walton community.

Tickets to performances: Some community events are free.

Escape to Create 27th Performance Season 2019
details for each event at Events, or - ticketed. 

Tickets for the Escape to Create performance series at The Seaside REP are available at or via telephone at 850-231-0733. Ticket purchases support Escape to Create Residencies and Educational Outreach throughout Walton County.

Come out to enjoy the work of visiting artists from all over the world on stage here in SoWal. Experience the performances in the Seaside REP's intimate theater located in Seaside, Florida just behind Modica Market on Quincy Circle.

E2C artists in retreat are devoted to their individual projects in the music, literary, visual, theater and performance arts. During their stay as guests of our community, artists share their works with the public through contribution of performance at The REP Theatre, the Seaside Chapel and other iconic venues in Seaside. They also support teachers and serve as mentors to the Walton County student population through classroom visits and after school workshops.. They will live and work in Seaside cottages donated for their month-long creative projects and in support of their contributions to the larger community through educational outreach and performance. Read about this year's E2C artists online.

Escape to Create is a nationally recognized multidisciplinary artist residency hosted since 1993 by the Seaside community. E2C is a volunteer non-profit organization that represents the unique character of a community deeply invested in the arts. Residencies are made possible through the generosity of Seaside homeowners, merchants, and donors. For more information about Escape to Create, visit

To be in a place where the art, new generative ideas and critical thoughts are appreciated is a beacon of hope for all artists.
~ David Wayne Reed, Writer and Playwright Towns: Seaside



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