Category: Playwriting
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...
The Power of Black Joy on Broadway
By JUAN MICHAEL PORTER II
Tuesday, October 19, 2021  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Oct 19, 2021  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Playwright Douglas Lyons and director Zhailon Levingston discuss their new comedy Chicken & Biscuits --- According to Chicken & Biscuits playwright Douglas Lyons, from the moment he and director Zhailon Levingston met, they had "an unspoken bond and understanding as Black queer men." The two connected by chance at Britton & The Sting's...
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Has a Gift for Audiences: 'Lackawanna Blues'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, September 17, 2021  •   Playwriting  •    4 comments Share This
Fri Sep 17, 2021  •   Playwriting  •    4 comments Share This
The Tony-winning performer, playwright and director on the healing properties of his autobiographical solo show --- Ruben Santiago-Hudson knows what it's like to perform his theatrical memoir Lackawanna Blues in the wake of a world-changing crisis. Although his 1960s-set coming-of-age tale about being raised in an upstate New York boarding house by...
It Took Decades for Me to Fall for One of My Favorite Plays
By HOWARD SHERMAN
Wednesday, February 03, 2021  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Feb 3, 2021  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
The author of a new book about Our Town on his evolving relationship with the work --- Sometimes you fall in love with a play at first sight. With others, it takes a few viewings. For Howard Sherman, it wasn't until he was deep into writing his new book Another Day's Begun: Thornton Wilder's Our Town in the 21st Century that he realized he was smitten....
Keeping Young Playwrights Creative During the Pandemic
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, June 23, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jun 23, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How TDF's Young Playwrights program transformed to meet students' needs --- When schools and theatres across New York City and the nation closed because of COVID-19, Noelle Ghoussaini's first concern was her kids—all 12 of them. A multidisciplinary stage artist who writes, directs and performs, she is also the lead teaching artist and co-founder...
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