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Why Klezmer Music Haunts Broadway's 'Indecent'
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, April 11, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Apr 11, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the score for this fevered take on history --- By its very nature, klezmer music pulses with life, but for Aaron Halva, it has a haunted quality as well. "To me it really feels like when I listen to the blues or hear a banjo played really well, and I just start crying," he says. And for those of Eastern European heritage, he adds, "it's in...
What Makes Interactive Theatre So Fascinating?
By MARIA INES MARQUES
Wednesday, April 05, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 5, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get enthusiastic about things Today, translator and dramaturg Maria Inês Marques geeks out with fellow Yalie dramaturg, Nahuel Telleria, about their shared passion for interactive and immersive productions. The discussion was sparked by their experience at Top Secret International (State 1), which...
Here's to Ladies Who Knit Onstage!
By SUZY EVANS
Friday, March 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    7 comments Share This
Fri Mar 24, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    7 comments Share This
Seeing characters knitting helps me celebrate my hobby --- Hello, my name is Suzy Evans, and I am a knitter. I used to think there should be some sort of greeting from a support group when I disclosed that information. Although I hated that I experienced a sort of secret shame about my ever-growing hoard of yarn skeins, there was certainly a good...
What Do We Make of Her Murderous Story?
By DIEP TRAN
Tuesday, March 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
A new play upends a classic work of art --- Entering the set of Betty Shamieh's play The Strangest is like being transported to another place and time. The play, which is now at Fourth Street Theatre in a production from Semitic Root, unfolds in a room encased in red velvet curtains. Golden lamps hang from the ceiling. The floor is lined with colorful...
Would You Risk You Career to Tell the Truth?
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Monday, March 20, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Mar 20, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Ibsen's political classic could've been written last week --- We all know how easy it is to ignore an inconvenient truth. Think of the politicians who deny climate change, a phenomenon almost universally accepted by the scientific community. As it happens, it is that very issue that inspired writer Seth Barrish and director K. Lorrel Manning to...
He Hopes His Play Becomes Obsolete
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Thursday, March 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Mar 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Inside a nuanced comedy about gun control --- Jason Odell Williams first had the idea for a play that tackled gun control in 2007, in the wake of the shooting at Virginia Tech. It was an idea he revisited in 2011, when Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head while meeting with constituents at a supermarket in Arizona. The shooting at...
Finding the Comedy in His Drug Addiction
By EMILY OWENS & HOLLIS JAMES
Wednesday, March 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 15, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A performer (and his wife) put his sordid past onstage --- Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process. When writer/comedian/DJ Hollis James sat down to pen his first play, he had no idea how it would turn out or if it would even see the spotlight of day. But when he showed...
In This Play, a Single Word Can Shift Everything
By JEFF POTTER
Tuesday, March 14, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Mar 14, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Jeff Talbott experiments with language in his new drama --- Despite the main character's titular occupation being a thing of the past, a haunting sense of timelessness looms over Jeff Talbott's moving play The Gravedigger's Lullaby. The work's world premiere -- presented by TACT at Theatre Row -- tells the story of Baylen (Ted Koch), a hardworking...
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