Category: Playwriting
A Murder Mystery with Whimsy and Politics
Friday, August 03, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Amina Henry uses her true-crime obsession to make a bold statement in Hunter John and Jane  --- Amina Henry is really into true-crime shows. She loves the way they suck her in and unsettle her mind. But while Hunter John and Jane was inspired by her affinity for the genre, it subverts the familiar formula. Currently running at JACK in Brooklyn,...
How Do You Feel About Antonin Scalia?
Tuesday, July 31, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Originalist wants to challenge your perspective on the late Supreme Court Justice --- Washington, D.C.-based stage actor Edward Gero has tackled a wide range of heavies in his career, from Shakespeare villains to Richard Nixon. But he says he's never felt theatregoers tense up the way they do when he plays famously conservative Supreme Court Justice...
You're Supposed to Laugh, Then Cry
Monday, July 30, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How Marcus Gardley reinvented Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba --- Back in 2010, The New Yorker's Hilton Als described playwright Marcus Gardley as "an interesting heir to García Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams." While any emerging dramatist would appreciate being likened to such theatrical giants, Gardley...
How Did James Baldwin Define Himself?
Friday, July 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Jewelle Gomez's new play examines the writer's dueling identities --- What do you do when what's oppressing you also nurtures and sustains you? In Waiting for Giovanni, playwright Jewelle Gomez examines James Baldwin's complicated relationship with the burgeoning civil rights movement while penning his 1956 novel Giovanni's Room. Though now considered...
Destruction and Rebirth in Coney Island
Tuesday, July 17, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How Superstorm Sandy changed the trajectory of Fire in Dreamland --- Playwright Rinne Groff is obsessed with the obsessed, whether it's an inventor's struggle to perfect an early version of television (The Ruby Sunrise), an author's fixation on the story of Anne Frank (Compulsion) or an aspiring filmmaker's quest to make a movie about a historic catastrophe...
Where Do You Fit When You're Black, Queer and HIV Positive?
Thursday, July 05, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Jul 5, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Timothy DuWhite's Neptune has its world premiere at the HOT! Festival --- Throughout July, avant-garde hot spot Dixon Place hosts its annual HOT! Festival: The NYC Celebration of Queer Culture. Since 1992, HOT! has pushed the envelope of LGBTQ performance through eclectic programming that embraces a range of titillations, from good old-fashioned show...
Finding Current Comedy in an Old Tragedy
Wednesday, July 04, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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David Carl uses Shakespeare to skewer politicos in Trump Lear --- Late-night talk-show hosts write fresh bits every day to satirize the state of the union. But solo performer and playwright David Carl decided to poke fun at the current POTUS by going back to a 400-year old script: Shakespeare's King Lear. The result, Trump Lear, is much cleverer than...
How Much Do You Know About the Little Rock Nine?
Wednesday, June 27, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed Jun 27, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Writer-director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj dramatizes a critical moment in our nation's history --- It's long been said that history is written by the winners. But when those victors are people of color, they often don't get to tell the heroic parts of their past. That may be why playwright Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj never heard about the Little Rock Nine...
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