Category: Playwriting
As a Black Man with HIV, He Didn't See Himself On Stage, So He Wrote a Play
Wednesday, December 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Donja R. Love discusses his "super personal" world premiere --- According to a recent CDC fact sheet, if current trends persist, one in two African-American gay or bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV. That statistic is a stark reminder that the epidemic is far from over, especially in the black community. Yet on stage, lauded plays about HIV/AIDS...
Mining Tragedy Out of His Home State
Tuesday, December 10, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 10, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Samuel D. Hunter and director Davis McCallum discuss their latest collaboration at Lincoln Center --- Who could have predicted a decade ago that Samuel D. Hunter, an Idaho-bred playwright whose oeuvre is set in his home territory, would take New York City by storm? Probably director Davis McCallum, who first met Hunter in 2010 when they...
Following in His Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cousin's Footsteps
Monday, December 09, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 9, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How emerging playwright Alex Riad is using his hometown as fodder for a theatrical trilogy --- Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis may be Alex Riad's cousin, but Lucy Thurber's Hilltown Plays are what prompted him to start writing about his California hometown. "They blew me away," recalls Riad about seeing Thurber's five-play cycle focused...
Why It's Important That a Black Actress Play Jimmy Carter
Wednesday, November 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Susan Lambert Hatem talks about her unconventional political history play --- A young man wants to know how it really went down in "the room where it happened." No, it's not a scene from Hamilton; it's from Susan Lambert Hatem's play Confidence (and The Speech), currently running at Theatre Row. Like Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash-hit musical,...
How Three Diverse Creators Brought a Musical About Racial Strife to Life
Monday, November 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Nov 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
The unusual development of Broadbend, Arkansas --- It's ironic that Broadbend, Arkansas -- the new two-person musical about an African-American father and daughter grappling with the personal impact of racial oppression in the '60s and '80s -- started off as a monologue about an elderly Southern white woman living in a nursing home during the pre-civil...
This Is Not Another Slave Play
Friday, November 08, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 8, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The immersive Black History Museum takes a satirical look at 400 years of the African-American experience --- Regardless of how you identify, The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America at HERE Arts Center will probably make you uncomfortable. An immersive theatrical experience, the show/exhibition takes audiences on...
Why Is This Woman Covered in Fur and Caged?
Thursday, November 07, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Nov 7, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
After almost a quarter century, Migdalia Cruz's FUR has its belated New York premiere --- Migdalia Cruz, who turns 61 this week, wrote FUR when she was in a very different place in her life. First staged in Chicago in 1995, the absurdist romance about a fur-covered woman has been produced all over the world, including in Turkey and Egypt. After almost...
If You Think You Know Tina Turner's Story, You're Wrong
Wednesday, November 06, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
Wed Nov 6, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
How the musical Tina reveals new facets of the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll --- When Tony-nominated playwright Katori Hall was approached about penning the book for Tina, the new Broadway musical about legendary singer-songwriter Tina Turner, she initially worried there might not be anything new to say. "Because she has lived her life as an open book, I...
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