Category: Playwriting
She Swore Off Adapting Novels, Then She Read 'My Name is Lucy Barton'
By BILLY MCENTEE
Tuesday, January 14, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Why Rona Munro agreed to turn Elizabeth Strout's book into a stage play starring Laura Linney --- "It can feel like wearing someone else's clothes," says Rona Munro about adapting another author's work. It's a sensation the Scottish scribe knows well: In addition to being a prolific writer of original plays and screenplays, she's turned numerous novels...
Shining a Spotlight on Artists with Disabilities at Under the Radar
By GERARD RAYMOND
Thursday, January 02, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The latest edition of The Public Theater's performance festival is more inclusive than ever --- The Public Theater's annual Under the Radar festival has always been about breaking boundaries by highlighting cutting-edge artists from around the globe. For its 16th edition, which runs January 8 to 19 at The Public and a smattering of partner venues,...
As a Black Man with HIV, He Didn't See Himself On Stage, So He Wrote a Play
By JOSE SOLÍS
Wednesday, December 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Donja R. Love discusses his "super personal" world premiere --- According to a recent CDC fact sheet, if current trends persist, one in two African-American gay or bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV. That statistic is a stark reminder that the epidemic is far from over, especially in the black community. Yet on stage, lauded plays about HIV/AIDS...
Mining Tragedy Out of His Home State
By SANDY MACDONALD
Tuesday, December 10, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 10, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Samuel D. Hunter and director Davis McCallum discuss their latest collaboration at Lincoln Center --- Who could have predicted a decade ago that Samuel D. Hunter, an Idaho-bred playwright whose oeuvre is set in his home territory, would take New York City by storm? Probably director Davis McCallum, who first met Hunter in 2010 when they...
Following in His Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cousin's Footsteps
By BILLY MCENTEE
Monday, December 09, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 9, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How emerging playwright Alex Riad is using his hometown as fodder for a theatrical trilogy --- Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis may be Alex Riad's cousin, but Lucy Thurber's Hilltown Plays are what prompted him to start writing about his California hometown. "They blew me away," recalls Riad about seeing Thurber's five-play cycle focused...
Why It's Important That a Black Actress Play Jimmy Carter
By REGINA ROBBINS
Wednesday, November 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 20, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Susan Lambert Hatem talks about her unconventional political history play --- A young man wants to know how it really went down in "the room where it happened." No, it's not a scene from Hamilton; it's from Susan Lambert Hatem's play Confidence (and The Speech), currently running at Theatre Row. Like Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash-hit musical,...
How Three Diverse Creators Brought a Musical About Racial Strife to Life
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Monday, November 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Nov 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
The unusual development of Broadbend, Arkansas --- It's ironic that Broadbend, Arkansas -- the new two-person musical about an African-American father and daughter grappling with the personal impact of racial oppression in the '60s and '80s -- started off as a monologue about an elderly Southern white woman living in a nursing home during the pre-civil...
This Is Not Another Slave Play
By JUAN MICHAEL PORTER II
Friday, November 08, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 8, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The immersive Black History Museum takes a satirical look at 400 years of the African-American experience --- Regardless of how you identify, The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America at HERE Arts Center will probably make you uncomfortable. An immersive theatrical experience, the show/exhibition takes audiences on...
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