Category: Playwriting
Why Couldn't I Be Caryl Churchill?
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, February 06, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Feb 6, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
An admittedly lesser-known playwright pens a tribute to the dramatist he envies most Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire --- There are playwrights I respect. There are playwrights I revere. But there's only one playwright whom I have ever wished I could be, and that is Caryl Churchill. Having seen many of her plays and read...
Make an Old French Liar Sound Brand New
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, January 31, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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David Ives brings a classic play to the present --- A man who fabricates stories, who can't keep himself from lying, who is unrepentant when his on-the-fly fictions are exposed, who lives in an alternate reality? Ripped from the headlines? No, it's the 17th-century French comedy Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille. And now, under the deft hand of playwright-adapter...
In Puerto Rico, They're Making Their Own Family
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Thursday, January 26, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new play explores a community in Old San Juan --- Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. A Spanish fort stands onstage, a stone-wrought relic from the district's colonial past. But the past is of little concern in Tell Hector I Miss Him. Playwright Paola Lázaro instead sets her eyes on the people living in the region today. "I wanted it to be a portrait...
Life Is Hard, But At Least You're Not a Pioneer
By JOSH AUSTIN
Tuesday, January 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new play blends covered wagons and modern technology --- You've named your travel companions, chosen an occupation, and sensibly spent $400 at the general store on oxen, food, ammunition, and winter clothing. You set off west from Independence, Missouri, ready for an adventure. And then – whoops – you get a message on your screen that...
They'll Do Anything You Want In This Play. Literally Anything.
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, January 23, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jan 23, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside 'The Great American Drama' --- The New York Neo-Futurists really want your feedback on their latest show. Even if you don't see it, you can fill out a survey telling them what you prefer to see on stage, and they'll incorporate your ideas into their production. And if you do end up in the audience, you'll have several opportunities to deliver...
These Playwrights Love One-Act Plays
By JACK SMART
Friday, January 20, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jan 20, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
In praise of one-acts --- Neil LaBute's What Happens in Vegas contains all the elements of a typical play. Its two characters are developed with specificity and nuance; its plot includes rising action and resolution; and its final moment firmly concludes the story's arc. By the time that arc finishes, however, the night is still young. LaBute's piece...
After Adoption, What Happens to the Birth Mother?
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, January 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
In this play, a birth mom tells her story --- Mother's Day is always an emotional time for playwright and performer Mariah MacCarthy. Every year, she has dinner with a group of birth mothers – meaning women who gave up their children for adoption. "It's one of the most intense things I do all year, every year," she says. "We honor each other,...
Vital Theatre Is Happening 'Under the Radar'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, January 03, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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This 13th annual festival speaks to issues we're all talking about right now --- If you're looking to take the pulse of our world as we collectively kick off a tumultuous new year, go see a show at Under the Radar. The diverse, international lineup of the Public Theater's annual festival explores a host of hot-button topics -- espionage, Black Lives...
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