Category: Playwriting
An Uplifting Black Play Is What We Need Right Now
By REGINA ROBBINS
Wednesday, March 13, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Mar 13, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Why Chisa Hutchinson felt compelled to write a drama filled with joy --- Both in the news and on stage, stories about the African-American experience can be grim and disturbing -- hardly surprising, given our nation's history. In the post-Obama era, many of the most lauded plays by black writers have featured a decidedly bleak perspective. African-American...
Using 'The X-Files' to Talk About the Things That Haunt Us
By JOSE SOLÍS
Friday, March 08, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas' new experimental play Recent Alien Abductions is an engaging enigma --- Few television shows have haunted the collective imagination as much as The X-Files. The sci-fi series -- which ran on Fox for 11 seasons and spawned two feature films -- centered on the paranormal adventures of FBI agents Mulder and Scully, played...
Is American Assimilation a Dream or a Nightmare?
By CAROLINE CAO
Tuesday, March 05, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 5, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Playwright-performer Kristine Haruna Lee examines the duality of immigrant identity in Suicide Forest --- Intergenerational and cultural tensions, misogyny and trauma are the entangled themes explored in Suicide Forest, an experimental play interrogating Asianhood and assimilation. Currently running at Brooklyn's The Bushwick Starr in association...
We Need More Nuanced Depictions of Black Women on Stage
By KELUNDRA SMITH
Friday, March 01, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Mar 1, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
An African-American critic calls for an end to endless suffering --- As a theatre critic, I see wide variety of shows about a multitude of subjects. But as a black woman, I am constantly confronted by the fact that the art form I adore often does not honor the experiences of people who look like me. Of the dozens of shows I've seen over the past six...
Is the Only Answer to Violence More Violence?
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, February 26, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 26, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Kristiana Rae Colón's confrontational drama asks tough questions about our nationwide epidemic --- Kristiana Rae Colón feels conflicted that her decade-old play exploring the connection between gun and sexual violence, good friday, continues to be produced. After touring college campuses throughout the country, it's finally having its...
Resurrecting a Forgotten Female Playwright
By ALLISON CONSIDINE
Monday, February 25, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Why the Mint Theater Company wants New York audiences to know Elizabeth Baker --- You've probably never heard of Elizabeth Baker, and the Mint Theater Company, which specializes in reviving lost plays, aims to fix that. A British dramatist who enjoyed a fair amount of success in her homeland in the early 20th century, she's barely known stateside,...
How Do You Write a Comedy About Climate Change?
By BILLY MCENTEE
Friday, February 22, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Madeleine George's Hurricane Diane inspires soul searching in between laughs --- To riff on Al Gore, Hurricane Diane is an inconvenient comedy. Madeleine George's show, currently running at New York Theatre Workshop in a co-production with WP Theater, confronts climate change via the funny bone. But how do you make a satire that investigates such...
'Spaceman,' Take Two
By NED MOORE
Wednesday, February 13, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 13, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
After having to abort the mission last year, a sci-fi show counts down to opening --- Making theatre is never easy, but the process has been especially arduous for the creators of Spaceman, a psychological thriller finally landing Off-Off Broadway after a yearlong delay. Set inside a life-size space module, Loading Dock Theatre's one-woman show chronicles...
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