Category: Playwriting
Wrestling With the Legacy of a Real-Life Attorney
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Wednesday, March 01, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
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A new play takes on William Kunstler --- Playwright Jeffrey Sweet was inspired by a shock of hair and a lanky swagger. "It started off as a fairly pedestrian impulse," Sweet says of his play Kunstler, about the activist attorney William Kunstler. "As I was watching the documentary Disturbing the Universe by Kunstler's daughters Sarah and Emily, I...
Remembering High School (With Extra Space Aliens)
By DAVID DeWITT
Tuesday, February 28, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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In Nibbler, nostalgia takes a trippy turn --- Ken Urban started work on Nibbler in the wake of 9/11, but in all the years since, he figures it's never had a true developmental reading – a one-act production and a workshop or so, but that's it. "I put it away," Urban says. "I don't know why." Moments later, he adds: "I protected it because...
His Idol Fell, and He's Telling the Tale
By FRANK RIZZO
Monday, February 27, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Ed Dixon faces the terrible legacy of a real-life friend --- How do you create a show about one of the wittiest and most beloved character actors in Broadway history –about a friend and inspiration – who also had a terrible secret life that ended in a lurid killing? That was the challenge actor-writer Ed Dixon faced when he wrote about...
Feminist History, With All the Colors
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, February 22, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Bull in a China Shop makes space for more women --- Even in its opening lines, Bryna Turner's play Bull in a China Shop wears its ideology proudly on its sleeve: "You want a training ground for good pious wives? F**k that," says Mary Emma Woolley, a real-life feminist portrayed here by Enid Graham. "I'll give you fully evolved human beings." Woolley...
We're Married and Making Plays Together, So Who Does the Dishes?
By AYUN HALLIDAY & GREG KOTIS
Tuesday, February 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Feb 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Two artistic spouses -- one of whom has two Tonys -- on their latest stage collaboration --- Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process. Usually when we run artist interviews at TDF Stages, we conduct the conversation. However, when Ayun Halliday (experimental dramatist, indie...
Don't Be Afraid of the Meaning of Life
By ELIZA BENT
Friday, February 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new show asks the biggest questions of all --- So far, it's been a good year for deep thinking in public places. At the end of January—the same night people were gathering at airports across the country to protest the Muslim ban—a line stretched out the door of the Brooklyn Library's main branch. Queued all the way to Eastern Parkway,...
In This Play, Everyone Is Everybody
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, February 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Rotating roles in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' new show --- Even though the play has been running for several weeks, Michael Braun still doesn't know which part he's playing in Everybody. Or rather, he doesn't know which part he's playing next. That's because during every performance of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' play, now being produced by Signature Theatre,...
If You're Successful, Does Your Identity Disappear?
By JACK SMART
Thursday, February 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new play ponders the cost of thriving --- When a character resembles the playwright who created her, audiences have to wonder: how much of this fiction is rooted in reality? It's a particularly apt question for Tanya Saracho, whose two-hander Fade (presented in its New York premiere by Primary Stages through March 5 at the Cherry Lane Theatre)...
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