Category: Playwriting
What Do Conservatives Really Sound Like?
By DIEP TRAN
Monday, September 30, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Why Will Arbery's new play at Playwrights Horizons is not preaching to the choir --- Playwright Will Arbery was raised in Texas in a Republican Catholic household. His parents were academics but also enthusiastic conservatives -- they even held campaign rallies for right-wing candidates in their home. They are the inspiration for Heroes of the Fourth...
What's Your Worst Parenting Nightmare?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, September 26, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 26, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How the new play Mothers is challenging audiences -- and artists -- to rethink how we parent --- There aren't any flesh-and-blood children on stage in Mothers, Anna Moench's shattering new play at The Playwrights Realm about raising a family in an unstable world. But there were plenty of tykes running around the rehearsal room. That's because Mothers...
Why Are These Teenage Girls Practicing Witchcraft?
By JEN GUSHUE
Tuesday, September 24, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Latinx playwright Alexis Scheer on the origins of her pitch-black comedy Our Dear Dead Drug Lord --- Playwright Alexis Scheer dabbles in witchcraft. "It's a spiritual practice for me," she says, noting that she only does "light magic," casting positive goals into the universe. "I've got crystals I keep set up on an altar, and candles that I light...
What Can We Learn From Interrogating 'The Jazz Singer?'
By KELUNDRA SMITH
Friday, September 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Sep 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Why two theatre artists are reclaiming the infamous 1927 film --- Although it was once considered a classic and remade twice, the original Jazz Singer is rarely seen these days. While the 1927 film broke cinematic ground as the first feature with synchronized sound, it's now best remembered as that movie with Al Jolson doing blackface. It's the rags-to-riches...
Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry on Their Ever-Evolving Collaboration
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, September 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Usually the L.A. Law costars act together, but this time he wrote the play --- Michael Tucker is an enthusiastic storyteller. Even mundane questions spark amusing tales, which his wife, Jill Eikenberry, often gently clarifies or expands on. Married for 46 years, they have been acting together even longer -- they met in 1970 doing theatre at Washington,...
How Do You Follow Up Winning a Tony for 'Harry Potter?'
By ALLISON CONSIDINE
Tuesday, September 17, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Jack Thorne talks about his two new shows opening in NYC --- When Jack Thorne was 11 years old, he was kicked out of choir for lying. "I was absolutely devastated," recalls the Tony-winning English playwright of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, who has two shows opening in New York this fall. "That feeling is still with me to this day,"...
Let's Hear It for the 'Wives'
By JEN GUSHUE
Thursday, September 12, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Sep 12, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Jaclyn Backhaus' new time-hopping play puts the women behind great men center stage --- Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus doesn't do straightforward linear narratives, which she describes as "patriarchal plot structure." She's made that clear with her surreal, gleefully anachronistic shows such as Men on Boats, an inventive dramatization of the Powell Geographic...
Why Are There So Many New Plays About AIDS Right Now?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Wednesday, September 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Sep 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Three new works, including Broadway's The Inheritance, explore the impact of the virus on multiple generations --- Playwright Matthew Lopez was 10 when he first learned about AIDS from the TV news. "That's how I discovered what being gay was, by simultaneously being taught that it also meant dying of HIV/AIDS," he says. Later, as a theatre-loving...
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