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Let's Play the 'Underground Railroad Game'
Tuesday, September 27, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Sep 27, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Using outrageous satire to root through America's past --- If laughter is the sound of surprise, then there were many surprises the night I saw Underground Railroad Game, playing at Ars Nova through October 29. But one laugh in particular keeps bouncing around my head. In the piece -- which was created by its stars, Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard...
The Last Night of Nat Turner's Life
Wednesday, September 21, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 21, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play imagines the rebellious leader's final hours --- Nathan Alan Davis doesn't recall when he first heard about Nat Turner, the slave preacher who led a bloody uprising in Virginia in 1831. But he does recall his reaction when he read The Confessions of Nat Turner, an account of the revolt that a white lawyer named Thomas R. Gray claimed to...
How Do You Talk to Your Family in an Election Year?
Wednesday, September 14, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 14, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Richard Nelson takes another look at the Gabriels --- Playwright Richard Nelson wants you to know that his three-play cycle The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family is less about politics than kinship. Specifically, it's about the connections among the Gabriels, a middle-class clan in Rhinebeck, N.Y., which has turned into a trendy bedroom...
Is Your Love Life a Machine You Can Control?
Monday, September 12, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Sep 12, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A play about the chaos of attraction --- In 2012 the playwright Dipika Guha took part in a study at Yale to measure unconscious bias against women in the sciences. She was fascinated by the process. "I was around these people who were quantifying what, to me, feels unquantifiable," she recalls. "And who were, a lot of them, mechanistically minded....
Playwrights Are Blinding Us... with Science
Friday, September 09, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Sep 9, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
One writer examines the explosion of science plays --- Less than a week after Lucy Prebble's anti-depressant-fueled romance The Effect closed Off Broadway, Ana Nogueira's Empathitrax, about a relationship-enhancing drug, is opening at HERE Arts Center. Is there something in the water? Possibly. But more likely, these productions are just part of the...
He Broke Into Their Building. Now They're Producing His Play.
Thursday, September 08, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 8, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A former junkie's life inspires punk theatre --- Although J.Stephen Brantley stars in his new play as a queer 40-something punk and recovering junkie, the piece is not autobiographical. "My own story as a queer punk battling addiction was with heroin, not crystal meth," clarifies the actor-playwright. "Heroin users tend to be less interesting onstage....
Fighting Hormones, Frenemies, and Preconceived Notions
Wednesday, September 07, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Sep 7, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Sarah DeLappe's new play takes audiences inside the insular world of teenage girls --- Although Sarah DeLappe played the sport in her youth, the inspiration for her new play The Wolves, about a suburban girls' soccer team, came from far off the field at Here and Elsewhere, an exhibit of contemporary Arab art at The New Museum. "As I was walking around...
They Knew Gun Violence. Now They Know Hope.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 31, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play uses the real words of gun violence survivors --- How does forgiveness emerge in the aftermath of gun violence? Can it? Will it? What do we do as we wait to find out? For months now, Houses on the Moon, a socially-focused, community-committed theatre company, has been asking those very questions. They began with a series of workshops,...
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