Category: Playwriting
Creating the Writing on the Wall, Literally
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, June 13, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jun 13, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How This Is Modern Art brings graffiti culture to the stage --- Graffiti and theatre make uneasy bedfellows. Case in point: When Jessica Burr, the artistic director of experimental physical theatre company Blessed Unrest, decided to mount This Is Modern Art at Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop, the venue gave her one rule: no spray painting....
Brush Up Your Shakespur
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Tuesday, June 12, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
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How the Bard inspired a Wild West musical comedy --- Though it's categorized as a comedy and ends with multiple weddings, Measure for Measure has long been considered one of Shakespeare's "problem plays." It's a morally complex tale rife with abuse of power, sexual blackmail and some seriously toxic masculinity as corrupt judge Angelo demands nun...
A Woolf in Experimental Clothing
By ELIZA BENT
Friday, June 08, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Elevator Repair Service sends up and adds on to Albee's seminal play --- Obie-winning avant-garde theatre company Elevator Repair Service (ERS) is known for deconstructing classics and transforming them into bold new works, whether it's an eight-hour reimagining of The Great Gatsby, The Sun Also Rises with dance breaks or a screwball comedy take...
Tony Kushner on Theatre in America
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, June 05, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
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The playwright talks Angels, access and the future of culture in this country --- It's a year of meaningful theatre milestones: TDF is turning 50 as Tony Kushner's magnum opus, the two-part, Pulitzer Prize-winning epic Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, enjoys its 25th anniversary production on Broadway. We are thrilled that he...
Cultures and Generations Clash on the Court
By DIEP TRAN
Friday, June 01, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Basketball serves as a multifaceted metaphor in Lauren Yee's The Great Leap --- Growing up, Lauren Yee's father Larry loved to regale her with tales from his youth, especially how he used to play basketball all day and night on the asphalt courts of San Francisco's Chinatown. In 1981, Larry even traveled to China to play against the country's top...
How Many Themes Can You Find in 'the hollower'?
By ELIZA BENT
Thursday, May 31, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu May 31, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
How 17th-century Canadian history inspired this meditation on contemporary sexuality --- The performance of femininity; 17th-century Canadian history; a half-man, half-pig podcaster; Claymation and morbid doo-wop songs. All of these disparate elements figure in the hollower, an ambitious new play by Liza Birkenmeier. Produced by New Light Theater...
How Do You Make a Dance Play?
By ERIKA GOULD
Friday, May 25, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri May 25, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Writer David Thompson on how he helped build The Beast in the Jungle --- When Tony-winning director-choreographer Susan Stroman said that the protagonist of The Beast in the Jungle was "waltzing through life," everything clicked. Stroman, Tony-winning composer John Kander and Tony-nominated book writer David Thompson had been talking about adapting...
What Are They Really Wrestling With?
By BILLY MCENTEE
Monday, May 21, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 21, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Experimental theatre-maker Erin Markey explores the nature of intimacy in Singlet --- Erin Markey's Singlet is a wrestling match, both literally and figuratively. It features headlocks and takedowns aplenty, but it's the psychological grappling that propels each of the duets in the performer-playwright's daring world premiere at Brooklyn's Bushwick...
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