Category: Playwriting
Is Porn Empowering or Degrading for Women?
Tuesday, February 12, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 12, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Inspired by a true story, Exposed explores female sexuality in the modern age --- At a time when students take out an average of $37,172 in loans to pay for college, it's no wonder young people are desperate to find ways to avoid such debilitating debt. Recognize Theatre's Exposed at MCS Theatre explores the journey of one such undergraduate, an enterprising...
A New Home and a New Show for a Venerable Queens Theatre Company
Friday, February 08, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 8, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Astoria Performing Arts Center mounts its first production in its new space --- Last Labor Day weekend, as most New Yorkers basked in the last vestiges of summer, a Queens theatre company was saying goodbye to its decade-long home. The folks at Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) had known for months that their lease at the Good Shepherd United...
Looking for a New Life at a Funeral Home
Wednesday, February 06, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 6, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
How City of No Illusions explores the connection between death and immigration --- In City of No Illusions, a young Syrian refugee named Saad takes a job in a Buffalo, NY funeral parlor run by two elderly sisters. As he makes his way around the coffins, he's shocked to come face-to-face with Agent Ramirez from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Saad...
When's the Last Time You Saw Asian-American Southerners On Stage?
Tuesday, January 29, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 29, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Leah Nanako Winkler on her new play God Said This --- Leah Nanako Winkler started writing God Said This while keeping her cancer-stricken mother company during chemotherapy sessions in Kentucky. "It just came out," the playwright recalls -- though not all at once. Each week Winkler traveled between the Bluegrass State where she grew up and her current...
How Female Medieval Saints Inspired a New Dark Comedy
Thursday, January 24, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jan 24, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Jessica Dickey on her world-premiere play The Convent --- The residents of The Convent, Jessica Dickey's new dark comedy at A.R.T./New York Theatres, aren't your typical nuns. In fact, most of them aren't nuns at all, but 21st-century women who have come to a feminist retreat in rural France seeking a fresh start. Some are coping with grief; others...
How Enslaved Women Helped Give Birth to Modern-Day Gynecology
Thursday, January 17, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jan 17, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play examines the complicated legacy of Dr. J. Marion Sims --- Naomi Lorrain always hears groans from the audience when her character, Philomena, undergoes a gynecological examination in Behind the Sheet, a new drama at Ensemble Studio Theatre. "I can hear them exhale and go 'ugh' -- especially a lot of the women," she says. "They cross their...
This Show Can't Go On Without You
Monday, January 14, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jan 14, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The audience is forced to act -- in both senses of the word -- at The Mortality Machine --- Days before ticket holders descend into a Lower East Side basement to experience The Mortality Machine, they've already been emailed homework. A mystery about five people who died in an illegal medical experiment, the show sends attendees articles about the...
Why Smashing the Patriarchy Is So Exhausting
Monday, January 07, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jan 7, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Marin Ireland is all fired up in Abby Rosebrock's Blue Ridge --- In 2015, Abby Rosebrock's mentor said he was worried about her due to "all this plasma hot rage" in the new play she was writing. Her initial reaction was dismissive. He's a man, she thought. He should appreciate what I'm doing and learn from it. But his assessment of her frame of mind...
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