Category: Playwriting
How a Tennis Match Changed the Conversation
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Thursday, January 25, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Balls uses a legendary game to examine gender inequality --- It's fitting that a coed creative team decided to theatricalize the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between 29-year-old women's champion Billie Jean King and misogynistic 55-year-old huckster Bobby Riggs. Cowritten and codirected by two male-female pairings, Balls is a circus sideshow...
Shining a Spotlight on Mature Female Artists
By PIA CATTON
Tuesday, January 23, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Lumberyard's fest features three artists long absent from NYC stages --- When the leaders of Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts were planning their multidisciplinary Winter Festival at New York Live Arts, their first priority was simple. "We wanted to do a season of women," says artistic adviser Dan Hurlin, adding that a second guideline soon...
Dispelling African Stereotypes Through Theatre
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Monday, January 22, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Ngozi Anyanwu makes her Off-Broadway debut at Atlantic Theater Company --- Ngozi Anyanwu was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and had what she describes as a typical American childhood in the suburbs of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her parents, in contrast, grew up in small villages in southeastern Nigeria. Every time Anyanwu, now 35, traveled...
Channeling Diverse Reactions to a Tragedy
By REGINA ROBBINS
Wednesday, January 17, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Dael Orlandersmith's new solo show offers a multiperspective response to Ferguson --- Michael Brown. Ferguson, Missouri. Hands up, don't shoot! Black Lives Matter. Regardless of your political leanings, these words invariably stir up powerful emotions more than three years after Brown's death at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson. In the immediate...
So You Wanna Be an Activist…
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Tuesday, January 16, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Milo Cramer examines the conflict between privilege and progressive politics --- Welcome to Borough Play, our look at theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond In a spooky little gentrifying town in the not-so-distant future, activists have been driven underground. The fate of the local economy rests on the shoulders of two privileged but...
Women Are Extinct. What's a Man to Do?
By FRANK RIZZO
Thursday, December 28, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How playwright-director Robert O'Hara's new show sticks it to the patriarchy --- "I love fables and I love allegories because you never know where they're going to lead you," says Robert O'Hara, whose world-premiere comedy Mankind is currently running at Playwrights Horizons. "It's like following a rabbit down a hole." That's certainly the experience...
They're 60-Something Going On 21
By DIANE SNYDER
Wednesday, December 13, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Lucy Kirkwood makes her Broadway debut with The Children --- Lucy Kirkwood is about half the age of the three retired nuclear scientists who populate her Broadway drama The Children at Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Yet she insists getting into their heads wasn't as complicated as you might think. "They came quite...
What Do You Know About Black Cowboys?
By REGINA ROBBINS
Tuesday, December 12, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How a new musical is helping to correct a whitewashed history --- The phrase "crossing the river" has a special meaning for African Americans. Variations on this saying appear in many Negro spirituals, usually referring to the River Jordan which, according to the Old Testament, made way for the Israelites to cross over to the Promised Land. For slaves...
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