Category: Playwriting
Putting a Face on the Refugee Crisis
Thursday, December 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Dec 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
How The Jungle recreates life in a migrant camp --- "When does a place become home?" asks one of the displaced characters in The Jungle, currently at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn. It's also the central question of Joe Robertson and Joe Murphy's play about refugees from multiple countries scraping by in a real-life camp in Calais, France nicknamed...
Why This Play Has a New Star Every Night
Wednesday, December 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Dec 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The singular structure of Nassim Soleimanpour's new play  --- At every performance of Barrow Street Theatricals' Nassim by Nassim Soleimanpour, a new guest star performs the script unrehearsed, embarking on a journey into the unknown guided only by instinct and instructions from the author. For both the actor and the audience, surprise is key,...
How Do You Create a Drama About Peace?
Tuesday, December 11, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 11, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Revisiting a magical moment of amity during World War I through stories and songs --- In the early 2000s, playwright and director Peter Rothstein started working on a show about the Christmas Truce of 1914, an unofficial ceasefire that brought troops from opposing sides of World War I together on December 24 for a night of caroling and companionship....
Getting a New Identity for Christmas
Monday, December 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Dec 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Heather Raffo on writing and starring in the Iraqi immigrant tale Noura at Playwrights Horizons --- Heather Raffo says she grew up as a "sheltered Michigan girl -- a really nice, open, conservative" and blonde American who spoke English with a flat Midwestern accent. Then, at age 20, the Gulf War changed her identity. She became an Iraqi-American...
Facing the Real Monsters in 'King Kong'
Thursday, December 06, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 6, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new satire wrestles with the controversial 1933 classic --- While writing The Making of King Kong, Lisa Clair almost abandoned the project. "It is too big, it is too scary," the recent graduate of Brooklyn College's playwriting program recalls thinking. She wasn't frightened of the oversize title ape; she was wary of the piece's giant themes: racism...
He's Still in School and Already Making an Auspicious Dual Debut
Thursday, November 29, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 29, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How playwright Jeremy O. Harris is taking Off-Broadway by storm --- "When my mom was my age, she was going through a divorce, had two kids and was working three jobs," says 29-year-old playwright Jeremy O. Harris. "So having two productions in New York while getting an MFA feels like a cakewalk because those things are very cushy." A year ago, Harris...
Still Making Provocative Theatre After Seven Decades
Monday, November 26, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 26, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Writer-director Peter Brook brings his latest play to Brooklyn --- After more than 70 years in the theatre, writer-director Peter Brook continues to create new productions that challenge and mystify. His latest is The Prisoner, which is making its New York debut at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Co-written and co-directed by Brook's longtime...
One of America's Most Popular Playwrights Finally Gets a NYC Premiere
Friday, November 09, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 9, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Lauren Gunderson's Natural Shocks debuts at the WP Theater --- Lauren Gunderson had wanted to write a play about women and guns in America for decades, ever since her activist days in high school and college. But the inciting idea didn't take hold until earlier this year. In what she describes as "a flurry of about a week," she churned out the first...
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