Category: Playwriting
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...
Why I Love Reading Plays
By DREW PISARRA
Wednesday, August 03, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    4 comments Share This
Wed Aug 3, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    4 comments Share This
A frequent theatregoer celebrates the experience of reading scripts --- I'm pretty sure we were all assigned Hamlet, Macbeth, or Romeo and Juliet back in high school. A few of us read them; others picked up the CliffsNotes. (At the risk of giving away my age, this was a time before Wikipedia recaps.) But aside from Shakespeare in the classroom and...
Looking for Some Class Action
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, July 28, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 28, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new theatre company spotlights artists who have emerged from poverty --- There's a lot of talk about the need for diversity in theatre (and all the arts) these days. But usually those conversations focus on race, gender, and ethnicity -- rarely on class. As an emerging playwright who was raised in a very poor household, Joshua D. Young felt voices...
If You Want Dangerous Water, Then It Can't Be Real
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Tuesday, July 26, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 26, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Why Men On Boats isn't a realistic play --- There are no boats in Men on Boats. Sure, there are suggestions of boats – small, boat-ish props that the actors hold as they simulate a journey through the Green and Colorado Rivers. But even while they're "floating," we see the performers' legs planted firmly on the floor. Things get even less...
Backstage With NYMF Musicals
By ANDREW BLOCK
Wednesday, July 20, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 20, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside four shows in this year's New York Musical Festival --- "Now! I have my chaaaance!", croons Raúl, the young Mexican entrepreneur at the center of Children of Salt, one of 18 full productions at this summer's New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Raul could be signing for the hundreds of artists who gather each summer for an opportunity to...
When Should a Playwright Rewrite History?
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Tuesday, July 19, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 19, 2016  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
J.T. Rogers blends facts and fiction about the Oslo Accords --- Playwright J.T. Rogers practically specializes in turning major political events into compelling stage dramas. He's done it with the genocide in Rwanda in the 90s (The Overwhelming) and the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 80s (Blood and Gifts). But while it continues this thematic...
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