Category: Playwriting
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...
How New Theatre Work Is Evolving During the Pandemic
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, May 05, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue May 5, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Two months into the shutdown, playwrights are trying different ways of telling stories, and the experiments have just begun. We spoke with four of them, including Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire --- Thursday, May 7 will mark eight full weeks since Broadway shut down, with theatres all over the city and the country following suit soon after....
Where to Listen to Audio Plays Online
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, April 14, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 14, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Last week, the venerable Williamstown Theatre Festival announced that instead of completely cancelling its multi-show summer season, the productions would be reconceived as audio plays and musicals. But you don't need to wait until June to listen to compelling theatre. Audio recordings of hundreds of stage works are currently available to enjoy for...
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