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Teaching Manners to Build a Community
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Monday, September 18, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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MCC Theater's new drama focuses on a one-of-a-kind charm school --- Northlight Theatre's artistic director, BJ Jones, was so taken with a 2012 Chicago Tribune story about Gloria Allen, an African-American, sexagenarian transwoman teaching an etiquette class for LGBTQ youth, he asked his friend, playwright Philip Dawkins, to pen a show about it. But...
Are You Ready for a Resurrection?
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Wednesday, September 13, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How a multimedia artist is bringing a Long Island family back to life --- Alison S. M. Kobayashi has an offbeat hobby. "For the past 11 years, I've been collecting found audio recordings, letters, and objects -- usually things that have some sort of trace of the previous owners," she says matter-of-factly, as if everyone does this. Now she has combined...
Looking for the Roots of Rape Culture
By DIANE SNYDER
Thursday, September 07, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 7, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwrights Realm's new show examines the aftermath of a high school sexual assault --- You don't expect a play dealing with rape to contain much humor. But little about The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias is conventional. Produced by Playwrights Realm, a theatre company devoted to early career dramatists, the show uses satire and dark...
New Space, Same Unconventional Theatre
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Monday, September 04, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Flea's first show in its new home is a very strange love story --- After 21 years on White Street in Tribeca, The Flea has moved to a much larger and sleeker space four blocks down on Thomas. But theatregoers worried that its new $25 million digs -- featuring three intimate stages and a garden -- might change the offbeat programming the Off-Off-Broadway...
Growing Up in Neverland
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, August 31, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How Sarah Ruhl's new play is inspired by her own family history --- What's the most creative gift you've ever given your mother? For Tony-nominated dramatist Sarah Ruhl that would probably be her play For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday, currently in previews at Playwrights Horizons. Originally penned in honor of her mom's 70th, the show is inspired...
Why I Enjoy Old Gay Plays
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, August 28, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Aug 28, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A theatre fan comes out about his love for vintage LGBTQ characters --- What does it mean to be gay? Boy, does that sound passé. But what did it mean decades ago, and what did it look like? Well, it often wasn't very pretty. But I suppose my ongoing fascination with yesteryear's often outdated, sometimes ominous representations of queer folk...
Five Nights of Free and Freewheeling Shakespeare
By DIEP TRAN
Thursday, August 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How Shaina Taub turned As You Like It into a 200-person musical --- It all started two years ago when composer and performer Shaina Taub got a text message from a number she didn't recognize. It was Lear deBessonet, the founder of the Public Theater's Public Works program, which produces large-scale, musicalized mountings of classic plays starring...
Puppet Lives Matter
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Wednesday, August 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A playwright explores the plight of a very unconventional family --- Ms. Terry's worried. All of the other kindergarteners have a full set of crayons while Max Myers comes to school with only two in his backpack: one black, one white. How heartless of his parents to consign their only child to a life without color! And she's right, they are heartless...
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