Category: Playwriting
How Did This Piece of Art Become a Play?
Thursday, March 15, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 15, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the 25-year journey of Patrick Dunning's The Signature Project --- The Signature Project, currently running at the Sheen Center, was never meant to be onstage. The brainchild of Dublin-born, Oregon-based visual artist Patrick Dunning, it started back in 1990 as an ambitious 76 foot by 36 foot mural that would use the signatures of 1 million...
Why All Student Activists Should See This Show
Wednesday, March 14, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 14, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
There's much to be learned from the South African protest docudrama The Fall --- "Nothing about us without us!" That slogan served as a rallying cry for the University of Cape Town (UCT) students who, in the spring of 2015, demanded a statue of 19th-century British imperialist Cecil Rhodes be removed from campus. Their story is recounted in The Fall,...
What Is the Nature of Violence?
Tuesday, March 13, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Wholehearted attacks tough questions at Abrons Arts Center --- Ironically, there's something comforting about procedural crime dramas because we know how they will go. Female victim endures a violent, often sexual attack. If she survives, we see her crying and shaking in an interview with the cops. If she doesn't, we see her naked body brutalized....
Finding New Stories in Old Stuff
Wednesday, March 07, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 7, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Folk Wandering investigates the myth of the American Dream --- Walking into Pipeline Theatre Company's new musical Folk Wandering is akin to stepping into a stranger's attic. Unruly piles of ramshackle furniture, battered suitcases, and assorted knickknacks are everywhere -- not just onstage but spilling over into the house of the A.R.T./New York...
Who Raced Boats, Romanced Dietrich, and Rejected Her Gender?
Tuesday, March 06, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
Tue Mar 6, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
Writer-performer Phoebe Legere examines the unconventional life of Joe Carstairs --- "I could die during this show," jokes Phoebe Legere as she soars above the stage in a motorboat in Speed Queen. A fusion of theatre, dance, and video, Legere's solo musical chronicles the groundbreaking life of early 20th-century speedboat champion and oil heiress...
How Much Do You Know About Your Cleaning Lady?
Thursday, March 01, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Mar 1, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Martyna Majok conjures an all-female immigrant community in queens --- It's fitting that Martyna Majok's new play queens opens at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater on March 5, 2018. The world-premiere drama explores the challenges of being an immigrant in this country, and next Monday is the deadline President Trump set for Congress to address...
What Can We Learn from This Diva?
Monday, February 26, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 26, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Daniel Alexander Jones channels soulful soothsayer Jomama Jones in the new musical Black Light --- "What if I told you…I've seen the future? What if I told you…I'm from the future?" intones Jomama Jones, the theatrical alter ego of writer-performer Daniel Alexander Jones, in the opening moments of Black Light at Joe's Pub. However, much...
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,...
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