Category: Playwriting
Giving Voice to a Rarely Represented Community
Thursday, February 22, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 22, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
British playwright Hammaad Chaudry depicts a culture in conflict in An Ordinary Muslim --- Family dramas in which personal relationships are refracted through religious or political convictions are not new. But there is something unusual about An Ordinary Muslim, currently running at New York Theatre Workshop. In this play by newcomer Hammaad Chaudry,...
Why Is This Young Playwright So Interested in Old Men?
Monday, February 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new drama explores the fraught relationship between an African-American father and son --- As performances got underway for James Anthony Tyler's Some Old Black Man at 59E59 Theaters, the up-and-coming playwright found himself weighing changes to the script. "There's one we're still debating," he admits a few days into previews. "A character is...
Why Teenage Girls Can't Lose Onstage
Thursday, February 15, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 15, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play explores the complicated relationship between two adolescent fencers --- It's tempting to compare Gracie Gardner's world-premiere play Athena at Jack to Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, which recently finished a critically acclaimed run at Lincoln Center Theater. Both are highly physical one acts featuring teenage female athletes bonding, bantering,...
Why Does This Opera Have So Much Cursing?
Monday, February 12, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 12, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Jerry Springer – The Opera offers pathos and profanity --- If it weren't for the frequent streams of expletives, the choral refrains of Jerry Springer – The Opera might work at the Metropolitan. But given the raunchy subject matter and all those f-bombs, this musical is much more at home Off-Broadway, where it's currently running at the...
What Goes on Inside a Modern Woman's Mind?
Friday, February 09, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 9, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Kate Benson and director Lee Sunday Evans deliver a feminist take on the rom-com --- When [PORTO] begins, there's nothing to see. The theatre stays dark and the curtain doesn't rise. Then an unidentified voice over the God Mic starts describing how sausage gets made in such excruciating detail that some audience members audibly groan. According...
He's Playing Everyone In His Life But Himself
Thursday, February 08, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 8, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mashuq Mushtaq Deen shares a unique perspective on his gender transition --- In 2005, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen embraced his true identity as he began transitioning from female to male. Unfortunately, his conservative Muslim Indian family wasn't as enthusiastic. In fact, they refused to speak to him for two years. "I was busy saying, 'Why can't you accept...
How Do You Tell an Ugly Story About Our Country?
Wednesday, February 07, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 7, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play examines the 1918 lynchings of Mary Turner and her husband --- A hundred years ago in Valdosta, Georgia, at least a dozen African Americans were lynched within a few days of one another. One of them, Mary Turner, was 20 years old and eight months pregnant. "I was surprised I'd never heard the story before," says LeKethia Dalcoe, an actor,...
Why Imperfect Artists Make Great Characters
Tuesday, January 30, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 30, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally explores the bigwigs of the Ballets Russes --- Over a six-decade career as one of America's most prominent playwrights, Terrence McNally has been consistently fascinated with the performing arts and its larger-than-life characters. In his plays, the four-time Tony winner has examined iconic figures (opera diva...
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