Category: Playwriting
Why Is This Woman Covered in Fur and Caged?
By DIEP TRAN
Thursday, November 07, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Nov 7, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
After almost a quarter century, Migdalia Cruz's FUR has its belated New York premiere --- Migdalia Cruz, who turns 61 this week, wrote FUR when she was in a very different place in her life. First staged in Chicago in 1995, the absurdist romance about a fur-covered woman has been produced all over the world, including in Turkey and Egypt. After almost...
If You Think You Know Tina Turner's Story, You're Wrong
By KELUNDRA SMITH
Wednesday, November 06, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
Wed Nov 6, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    5 comments Share This
How the musical Tina reveals new facets of the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll --- When Tony-nominated playwright Katori Hall was approached about penning the book for Tina, the new Broadway musical about legendary singer-songwriter Tina Turner, she initially worried there might not be anything new to say. "Because she has lived her life as an open book, I...
Finding the Drama in Cooking and Conversation
By GERARD RAYMOND
Wednesday, October 30, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Richard Nelson continues his poignant exploration of a changing America with his latest Rhinebeck Panorama play --- Don't come to The Michaels hungry -- at least not for food. As with the previous naturalistic dramas in writer-director Richard Nelson's Rhinebeck Panorama (The Apple Family Plays tetralogy, The Gabriels trilogy), his latest play at...
Putting the Refugee Experience on Stage
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, October 24, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 24, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
This season, a striking number of new (and returning) plays are exploring the plight of the displaced --- Arian Moayed, who was only five years old when he and his family left post-revolutionary Iran, was so moved by "the incredible images and heartbreaking stories" coming from asylum seekers on the U.S.-Mexico border that he felt compelled to do...
How Do You Translate Desire and Longing Into Theatre?
By ELIZA BENT
Wednesday, October 16, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 16, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Performer and playwright Edgar Oliver conjures a lost friend and a lost city in VICTOR --- Over the summer I ran into playwright, poet and performer Edgar Oliver on the street. We'd met a few times before, so I greeted him with "Edgar! Hello!," perhaps too exuberantly. Unsure whether he remembered me, I added, "I am Eliza. I love your plays!" and...
Resurrecting the Woman Who Raised Him
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Tuesday, October 15, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 15, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Andy Bragen revisits the last years of his mother's life in Notes on My Mother's Decline --- On some nights, Notes on My Mother's Decline feels as much like a memorial service as a show. Although the two characters in Andy Bragen's play are not named, the writer makes it clear that they are based on himself and his late mother, Eugenia M. Bragen....
Why Is This Couple Dressing Up and Sword Fighting?
By CAROLINE CAO
Friday, October 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Oct 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new romantic comedy puts live-action role-playing center stage --- There are adults who meet for poker; some play chess; others host book clubs. But the protagonists of Liba Vaynberg's new romantic comedy Round Table at 59E59 Theaters indulge in LARPing. That's an acronym for live-action role-playing, with participants masquerading as knights, fairies,...
One Musical's Epic Quest to Get to Broadway
By MARISA COHEN
Tuesday, October 08, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 8, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
After seven years and multiple incarnations, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical hits Broadway Since 1961, TheaterWorksUSA has toured lit-based shows for young audiences to 49 states and parts of Canada. But the nonprofit's productions never made it to Broadway… until now. The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical at the Longacre...
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