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Creating Art That's Timely and Timeless
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, June 09, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Fri Jun 9, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Two female playwrights debut plays written in response to the 2016 election --- The new administration may want to nix the NEA, but it's certainly providing plenty of fodder (if not funding) for artists, especially playwrights. Since President Trump moved into the White House, NYC stages have hosted numerous festivals of new work with names like This...
Bringing Diversity to the Wild West
By FRANK RIZZO
Wednesday, May 31, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed May 31, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How a new musical is helping to correct a whitewashed history --- Writer-composer Kirsten Childs was walking down the street near her Upper West Side home when she spied a couple: a small, muscular man and an African-American woman she describes as "zaftig, with a kind of Venus Hottentot behind." Childs immediately noticed the reactions of passers-by....
Are You Responsible for Your Parents' Hopes?
By DIEP TRAN
Monday, May 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play ponders what we owe our families --- When Gina Gionfriddo begins a new play, she doesn't set out with a singular message she wants to tell; her approach is more intuitive. "When I sit down to write a play and tell a story, different threads come out," she says. "I generally come up with characters and then let them tell the stories they're...
Making More Space for Latinx Artists
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Friday, May 05, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri May 5, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The Sol Project returns with a new production --- A traumatized doctor named Moisés sits in a washtub filled with pineapples that he repeatedly crushes open and bites into. A badly wounded character whimpers in pain, unattended, in an upstage courtyard while paralyzed townspeople listen. A soldier drags another character away to be beaten....
Finding the Personal in the Political
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Monday, May 01, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 1, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How one social justice theatre company uses real-life stories to inspire its art --- Last summer, Houses on the Moon, a socially focused, community-committed theatre company, began developing a pair of projects about gun violence. Now, with the subject seemingly in the zeitgeist on stage (On the Exhale, Church & State, and When It's You are just...
You're Never Too Old for a Conspiracy Theory
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, April 27, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 27, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A seasoned writer works with an emerging company --- You might assume that as they try to stand out in New York City, scrappy theatre companies will look for young and hungry writers to help them make their name. But Stable Cable Lab Co.—an artistic community whose core is comprised of millennials—has found inspiration with playwright...
What's a Woman Worth Without Her Children?
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, April 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Apr 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A new Broadway play prods our biases --- Even if you've never seen A Doll's House, you might be interested in a sequel. Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece ends with Nora Helmer, a cosseted and infantilized woman who has realized she's smothered by her marriage, leaving her family for an independent life. The play's final moment –...
Turning 'Casablanca' Into Experimental Theatre
By DOUG STRASSLER
Thursday, April 13, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 13, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new show stages the film's chaotic history --- Did you know that little people were used during the final scene of Casablanca? Or that fog had to be brought in to make that scene's iconic airplane appear more convincing? If so, then the new show CasablancaBOX might be for you. And even if you didn't know those obscure facts, this production...
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