Category: Playwriting
How Do You Create a Drama About Peace?
Tuesday, December 11, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Revisiting a magical moment of amity during World War I through stories and songs --- In the early 2000s, playwright and director Peter Rothstein started working on a show about the Christmas Truce of 1914, an unofficial ceasefire that brought troops from opposing sides of World War I together on December 24 for a night of caroling and companionship....
Getting a New Identity for Christmas
Monday, December 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Heather Raffo on writing and starring in the Iraqi immigrant tale Noura at Playwrights Horizons --- Heather Raffo says she grew up as a "sheltered Michigan girl -- a really nice, open, conservative" and blonde American who spoke English with a flat Midwestern accent. Then, at age 20, the Gulf War changed her identity. She became an Iraqi-American...
Facing the Real Monsters in 'King Kong'
Thursday, December 06, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new satire wrestles with the controversial 1933 classic --- While writing The Making of King Kong, Lisa Clair almost abandoned the project. "It is too big, it is too scary," the recent graduate of Brooklyn College's playwriting program recalls thinking. She wasn't frightened of the oversize title ape; she was wary of the piece's giant themes: racism...
He's Still in School and Already Making an Auspicious Dual Debut
Thursday, November 29, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How playwright Jeremy O. Harris is taking Off-Broadway by storm --- "When my mom was my age, she was going through a divorce, had two kids and was working three jobs," says 29-year-old playwright Jeremy O. Harris. "So having two productions in New York while getting an MFA feels like a cakewalk because those things are very cushy." A year ago, Harris...
Still Making Provocative Theatre After Seven Decades
Monday, November 26, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Writer-director Peter Brook brings his latest play to Brooklyn --- After more than 70 years in the theatre, writer-director Peter Brook continues to create new productions that challenge and mystify. His latest is The Prisoner, which is making its New York debut at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Co-written and co-directed by Brook's longtime...
One of America's Most Popular Playwrights Finally Gets a NYC Premiere
Friday, November 09, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 9, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Lauren Gunderson's Natural Shocks debuts at the WP Theater --- Lauren Gunderson had wanted to write a play about women and guns in America for decades, ever since her activist days in high school and college. But the inciting idea didn't take hold until earlier this year. In what she describes as "a flurry of about a week," she churned out the first...
This Play Dares You to Leave… or Stay
Wednesday, November 07, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
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After 13 years, Will Eno's funny and unnerving monologue Thom Pain returns with Michael C. Hall --- Although dramatists are not necessarily the characters they write, there are many compelling reasons the title figure in the monologue play Thom Pain (based on nothing) seems like a Will Eno self-portrait. Eno and Pain are both dryly funny fellows,...
Why a Lawyer Felt Compelled to Write 'American Son'
Monday, November 05, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 5, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Christopher Demos-Brown makes his Broadway debut with the racially charged drama --- The new Broadway play American Son explores the notion of justice (or lack thereof) by chronicling a fraught night in the life of a Florida family whose teenage son has gone missing. His parents, an interracial couple played by Scandal's Kerry Washington...
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