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Learning Life Lessons from Doing Theatre
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, June 23, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Jun 23, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A community-based arts organization teaches kids skills that extend well beyond the stage --- When the young actors and playwrights participating in The 52nd Street Project's shows take their final bows to wild applause, it's thrilling fun for the kids. But on a deeper level, long after the curtain comes down, alumni routinely discover how "The...
Want a Great Role? Write It Yourself.
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, June 08, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jun 8, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
This season, actresses liberate themselves via playwriting --- If you're an actor seeking a great role, then you may want to write it yourself. Just ask performer-turned-playwright Nandita Shenoy. "I started writing initially because I just found the roles that I was auditioning for so uninspiring," she says. Because she's of Indian descent, the...
'What Makes a Person Black on Stage?'
By TAYLOR BARFIELD
Thursday, June 02, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Jun 2, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
In his new play, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins pushes definitions of race and family --- In a 2014 interview with Vogue, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins states, "My plays have these titles that are oddly tricky. I like that something can look like one thing, but mean two different things." His new play WAR – now at LCT3 – continues the trend. In English,...
Your Friends Made Art! Do You Actually Want to See It?
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, May 25, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 25, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play knows it's hard to give feedback to pals --- Sofia Alvarez remembers when her brother-in-law once came back from a friend's art exhibit. "I asked how it was, and he just shrugged and said, 'Meh. Friend art.' And I thought, 'Oh my God. That's an amazing coinage. I'm stealing that.'" Five years later, Friend Art is currently having its...
Three Brilliant Plays, One Signature Event
By DAVID BRUIN
Tuesday, May 17, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 17, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Albee, Kennedy, and Fornés share a single stage --- Signature Theatre is a great place to have a conversation. Open to the public, the spacious central lobby of the Pershing Square Signature Center offers plenty of places to chat and ample opportunities to run into friends and former colleagues—and that's by design. Founding Artistic...
Can You Feel It? The People in 'Indecent' Are Alive
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, May 12, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 12, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How Paula Vogel ignites her latest play --- The characters in Indecent are based on real people – people who were vibrantly, aggressively alive. Paula Vogel won't let us forget that. She won't let us experience her play as a sweet little lecture, with a hundred vintage photos and a dead man's pulse. Working with Rebecca Taichman – the...
He's Bringing Cagney Back to Life (Again)
By MARISA COHEN
Wednesday, May 04, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Wed May 4, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Inside Robert Creighton's hit musical about James Cagney Speaking on the phone the day after he and his show Cagney were nominated for three Outer Critics Circle awards, actor/singer/dancer/songwriter Robert Creighton is practically giddy with excitement. "It's kind of mind-boggling, first of all, that it's even happening, and that people are responding...
You Think You Know Kentucky, But You Don't
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, May 03, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue May 3, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play pushes beyond Southern stereotypes --- If you've never been to Kentucky, you may still think you know what it's about: bourbon, horses, bluegrass. However, playwright Leah Nanako Winkler would beg to differ. Growing up in the state, she had a wildly different experience than the one we might imagine. "I think people think that it's very...
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