Category: Playwriting
Let's Hear It for the 'Wives'
By JEN GUSHUE
Thursday, September 12, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Thu Sep 12, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Jaclyn Backhaus' new time-hopping play puts the women behind great men center stage --- Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus doesn't do straightforward linear narratives, which she describes as "patriarchal plot structure." She's made that clear with her surreal, gleefully anachronistic shows such as Men on Boats, an inventive dramatization of the Powell Geographic...
Why Are There So Many New Plays About AIDS Right Now?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Wednesday, September 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Sep 11, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Three new works, including Broadway's The Inheritance, explore the impact of the virus on multiple generations --- Playwright Matthew Lopez was 10 when he first learned about AIDS from the TV news. "That's how I discovered what being gay was, by simultaneously being taught that it also meant dying of HIV/AIDS," he says. Later, as a theatre-loving...
What If Rabbis Were Kung Fu Fighting?
By DIEP TRAN
Monday, September 09, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Sep 9, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new physical theatre piece turns the Talmud into a butt-kicking adventure --- What do an ancient Jewish holy book and Chinese kung fu flicks have in common? More than you might realize according to writer and director Jesse Freedman. "A couple of years ago, I was watching a kung fu movie and I thought, this reminds me of the Talmud!" he recalls....
When's the Last Time You Tasted, Touched or Played at a Show?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, September 05, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Sep 5, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A pair of offbeat world premieres challenge audiences to experience theatre in unexpected ways --- "I wasn't a very playful child," admits Jonathan Matthews, the co-writer/performer of the dance-theatre piece Play!. As a toddler, he didn't make believe with stuffed animals or action figures because he sensed they had their own feelings and he didn't...
How Do You Remember the House You Grew Up In?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Wednesday, August 28, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 28, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Theater Mitu's latest experimental piece deconstructs the concept of home, with an assist from technology and Chekhov --- Rubén Polendo can clearly explain how he and his Theater Mitu colleagues came up with the elaborate devised theatre piece House (or how to lose an orchard in 90 minutes or less). It's much more difficult for him to explain...
Why Alan Ariano Is Overjoyed to Finally Play a Filipino on Stage
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, August 21, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Aug 21, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Ma-Yi Theater Company presents the first musical created by Filipino Americans in NYC --- Throughout his three-decade career, Filipino-American actor Alan Ariano has played a wide variety of roles, notably Broadway stints in the original productions of M. Butterfly and Miss Saigon, and the most recent revival of The King and I. But there's one thing...
The Most Important New York Playwright You've Probably Never Heard Of
By BILLY MCENTEE
Monday, August 19, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A Mac Wellman festival at The Flea hopes to earn the venerable dramatist new fans --- "It wasn't my idea at all but it's fine with me!" says Mac Wellman about the ten-week festival of his plays kicking off this Saturday at Tribeca's Flea Theater. Despite being an incredibly prolific (40-odd plays and counting), lauded (three Obie Awards) and influential...
How African-American Classics Are Inspiring a New Generation of Black Writers
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Monday, August 12, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The work of Ntozake Shange fuels six new plays at the annual 48 Hours in…™ Harlem --- In a lovely play called More Love, Less Suicides, a man and a woman engage in a back-and-forth about how they want to love one another. "Love me and I'll cry over your dead body," she says. He agrees to consider it: "I say we should probably meet first."...
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