Category: Playwriting
Why Suzan-Lori Parks Always Goes to the 'Stinky Places'
By JUAN MICHAEL PORTER II
Thursday, October 20, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 20, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
With three new projects including her first on-stage role, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright talks candidly about "the love I work" --- Suzan-Lori Parks is indefatigable. Even with three productions of her work opening this fall—a new play about the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, Sally & Tom, at Minneapolis'...
Why Are These Teenagers Enamored with Nazism?
By ALLISON CONSIDINE
Thursday, October 13, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 13, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Two new plays explore the intersection of first love and fascism Rita Kalnejais' This Beautiful Future and Bess Wohl's Camp Siegfried both center teens experiencing first-love jitters against the backdrop of World War II. But these youths don't just fall for each other, they're also beguiled by Nazism. Talk about zeitgeist! In an era when extremism...
James Baldwin—Live on Stage in His Own Words
By RAVEN SNOOK
Saturday, October 01, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Sat Oct 1, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Why three different companies have turned his historic conversations into theatre --- The spirit of legendary author and activist James Baldwin has long haunted New York City stages, whether theatres are producing plays by him, about him or influenced by his work. But this fall, two NYC companies are actually recreating his landmark 1965 Cambridge...
A Theatre Pioneer Says Goodbye by Reinventing His First Show
By DIEP TRAN
Thursday, September 29, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 29, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Off-Off Broadway stalwart Ping Chong reflects on 50 years of creation and change --- In 1972, when Ping Chong was 26, he made his first independent theatre piece: Lazarus. Performed in a Tribeca loft that belonged to Meredith Monk, it cost $100 to mount. There was no set, no one was paid, and Chong borrowed a slide projector from a friend. Although...
What 'Epiphany' Awaits at This New Lincoln Center Theater Play?
By REGINA ROBBINS
Friday, June 24, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jun 24, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Playwright Brian Watkins and director Tyne Rafaeli on their haunting new drama inspired by James Joyce's The Dead --- In Brian Watkins' eerie new play Epiphany, a houseful of party guests are on pins and needles waiting for the final attendee to show up—after all, he's the one who has promised to explain the reason for the gathering. Now running...
A Juicy Interview with Pulitzer-winning 'Fat Ham' Playwright James Ijames
By JUAN MICHAEL PORTER II
Friday, June 17, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 17, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How his preoccupation with legacy, inheritance and language inspired this acclaimed play --- Timing is everything in comedy, so it's fitting that James Ijames' blazingly funny and profound Fat Ham won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama a few days before the play had its in-person premiere at The Public Theater, where it runs through July 31. Originally...
How Do You Conjure 90 Years in 90 Minutes?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, April 08, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Apr 8, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Noah Haidle and director Vivienne Benesch on Birthday Candles starring Debra Messing --- The last time Roundabout Theatre Company produced one of Noah Haidle's plays, it was a formative experience. "Mr. Marmalade went so badly with critics and audiences, they created the Roundabout Underground series so shit like that wouldn't happen to...
Giving Actors Over 60 the Spotlight
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, February 18, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Feb 18, 2022  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
In the new play Out of Time at The Public Theater, older performers take the leads "Where are the older people?" For years that question plagued Obie-winning director Les Waters (Dana H., 10 Out of 12, The Thin Place). A prolific theatre-maker and goer, he was acutely aware of the dearth of roles for older actors, and the few he did encounter tended...
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