Category: Playwriting
How Much Do You Know About Alaska?
By DIEP TRAN
Friday, October 13, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Ping Chong + Company's new multimedia work spotlights the 49th state --- Gary Upay'aq Beaver was raised in a remote village in Alaska called Kasigluk, population 560. It's home to the Yup'ik tribe, indigenous to the region. And yet in that remote landscape, surrounded by tundra, Beaver grew up wanting to be on stage. Unfortunately, there is no theatre...
Why Is This Artist Singing and Ranting in Her Underwear?
By REGINA ROBBINS
Tuesday, October 10, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Multihyphenate Diana Oh bares almost all in her latest performance piece --- Lingerie as liberation; lingerie as imprisonment. Lingerie as a tool of the patriarchy and as an expression of queer identity. These are just some of the intriguingly contradictory themes explored in actor-singer-writer Diana Oh's {my lingerie play} 2017: THE CONCERT AND...
How Much Does Freedom Cost?
By SUZY EVANS
Thursday, October 05, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 5, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play explores the personal toll of fighting for civil rights --- Emerging African-American dramatist Jiréh Breon Holder wrote his new play because of his grandmother. The 2016 Yale School of Drama graduate and his nana were watching a movie -- either The Butler or Selma, he can't remember which -- when suddenly she exclaimed, "I knew...
Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy Walk Into the Afterlife…
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Wednesday, October 04, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Oct 4, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A new dramedy mines history and religion for laughter and enlightenment --- In 1987, Scott Carter suffered a severe asthma attack that landed him in the hospital for a week. When he was finally discharged, he walked out onto a bustling New York City street and the gravity of his health scare truly hit him -- he could have died. A stand-up comedian...
Bringing the Syrian Civil War to a Kitchen Near You
By DIEP TRAN
Friday, September 22, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new solo show fills you with food, information, and empathy --- During a run-through of Amir Nizar Zuabi's one-woman play Oh My Sweet Land, star Nadine Malouf was stirring a sizzling pan of meat and onions when it suddenly slid off the stove. "I managed to catch the pan with the spoon I was using!" she says. Why was she cooking when she should have...
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...
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