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Do You Know the Godmother of Rock and Roll?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, August 31, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 31, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Marie and Rosetta knows the soul of a musical legend --- George Brant could set Marie and Rosetta anywhere. As he recounts both the friendship and artistic genius of musicians Marie Knight and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, he could place them on a tour bus or in a recording studio or backstage at a gig. Instead, he puts them in a room full of coffins. That's...
Is This Village as Dangerous as the Government Says?
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Monday, August 29, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Aug 29, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play follows a community's fight to stay put --- On the slope of a great mountain, in the rain-soaked south of Wales, there stands a tiny village. Most of the modest homes there line a single street, where a handful of families have lived and died for generations. But all is not well. After a government official declares the mountain unsafe...
Wait, Let Me Process That Again
By LYNDA PAUL
Wednesday, August 24, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 24, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Christopher Chen's slippery play challenges audiences to constantly reevaluate what's they're experiencing --- How do you create a piece of subversive political artwork so secretive that it can escape the acute surveillance of the watchful Chinese government? And then how do you make all traces of it disappear? These questions underlie the work of...
These Bad Kids Are (Slightly) Grown Up
By MARK PEIKERT
Friday, August 19, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Aug 19, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Leslye Headland and Trip Cullman reunite for their third play --- The last time playwright Leslye Headland and director Trip Cullman collaborated, the show climaxed with a cathartic tap dance. The pair has reunited with The Layover, running through September 18 at Second Stage, and this time things end very, very differently. "When we did our first...
Is a Minor Character the Secret to This Play?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, August 17, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 17, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Director Austin Pendleton on the quirks in the Mint's latest revival --- The oddest element of a play – the detail that seems weirdly out of place – can be a key to understanding it. In Miss Julie, for instance, it's startling that the taut crisis among three characters in a kitchen is interrupted by a throng of carousing servants. But...
I'm Glad I Died Onstage
By JB MCGEEVER
Tuesday, August 16, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    3 comments Share This
Tue Aug 16, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    3 comments Share This
What happened when a writer hit the boards instead of his keyboard --- I'm dying up here. It's my first crossover from writer to performer, and I'm about to go down hard. Beside me stands a viking named Valdor wearing a horned helmet, T-shirt, and jeans. Valdor stalks the boards between sketches, ad-libbing one-liners in a valiant attempt to...
We Need This Play Today, Not Tomorrow
By BRETT CAMPBELL
Thursday, August 11, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    3 comments Share This
Thu Aug 11, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    3 comments Share This
Topical, urgent plays should be developed (and produced) quickly --- An innocent black man is harassed, profiled, and beaten by police in an American town riven by racial and class division. Protesters march; violence erupts. That's the premise for Running on Fire, Aurin Squire's searing new play-in-progress. I saw a workshop production last month...
Is This a Game, or Is She Really Out to Get Me?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, August 10, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Aug 10, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
In the interactive Paradiso, reality and theatre seem the same --- A woman in my group at Paradiso: Chapter 1 seemed perfectly nice, but I never trusted her. Even when the experience was over and we were down on the sidewalk, exchanging pleasantries before we parted company forever, I was still expecting her to admit she was part of the game. I was...
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