Category: Playwriting
How Do You Conjure a Feminist Icon Onstage?
By CAREY PURCELL
Friday, October 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Oct 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
How playwright Emily Mann turned Gloria Steinem's life into activist theatre --- Breaking new ground for women in theatre is nothing new for Emily Mann. The 66-year-old playwright and director, who has served as the artistic director of New Jersey's McCarter Theatre Center since 1991, was the first female to helm productions at many storied regional...
What Does It Mean to Be Human?
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, October 17, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 17, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Andrew R. Butler's new folk musical is set two centuries from now but speaks to today --- A man with long, unruly red hair and a matching beard takes the Ars Nova stage with a guitar. He says his name is Rags Parkland and he's going to be singing some tunes. He strums his instrument and croons a love song -- but his object of desire is surprising....
Wait, Didn't We Just Watch That Scene?
By ELIZA BENT
Wednesday, October 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside David Greenspan's new time- and reality-bending play --- The spark for The Things That Were There was ignited the night David Greenspan agreed to auction off his talents. The five-time Obie winner -- who's as lauded for his performing as his playwriting -- was participating in New Dramatists' signature fundraiser Nocturnal Commissions,...
This Play Is About More Than Autism
By REGINA ROBBINS
Thursday, September 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Sep 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
The radical inclusiveness of Catya McMullen's Agnes --- "I didn't set out to write about autism," says Catya McMullen about her world-premiere play Agnes at 59E59 Theaters. When she started on the script in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, she wanted to explore the drama that could ensue when characters with complex relationships were stuck together in...
How Well Do You Know Irving Berlin?
By BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
Tuesday, September 11, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Hershey Felder examines the legendary songwriter's life and work in his new solo show --- Pianist, performer and playwright Hershey Felder has made a career out of chronicling the lives and music of composers such as Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven on stage. But he expands his musical range to the Great American...
Can 'Antigone' Help Communities Heal?
By JOSE SOLÍS
Monday, September 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Why Sophocles' play speaks to the Black Lives Matter movement --- When Antigone in Ferguson opens this week, it will be the second Black Lives Matter-infused take on Sophocles' tragedy to play Harlem this year. But while Classical Theatre of Harlem's version was set in a politically charged dystopian future, Theater of War Productions' mounting tackles...
Eleven Collaborators, Three Playlets, One Singular Experience
By JEN GUSHUE
Thursday, August 30, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Aug 30, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Theater Mitu's new show explores war and death from many angles --- How do you create a multimedia meditation on war, death and loss by artistic consensus? That's what Brooklyn-based company Theater Mitu set out to do with Remnant, the inaugural production in the troupe's new Gowanus home. Crafted out of extensive interviews and research conducted...
Black Survivors Matter
By JUAN MICHAEL PORTER II
Friday, August 24, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Aug 24, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Geraldine Inoa explores the traumatic aftermath of a police killing in Scraps --- Ever since the Black Lives Matter movement came to prominence after a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, there has been a rash of searing plays about how law enforcement victimizes African American men (Pass Over at Lincoln Center Theater, Kill Move Paradise...
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