Category: Playwriting
This Play Dares You to Leave… or Stay
Wednesday, November 07, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
Wed Nov 7, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
After 13 years, Will Eno's funny and unnerving monologue Thom Pain returns with Michael C. Hall --- Although dramatists are not necessarily the characters they write, there are many compelling reasons the title figure in the monologue play Thom Pain (based on nothing) seems like a Will Eno self-portrait. Eno and Pain are both dryly funny fellows,...
Why a Lawyer Felt Compelled to Write 'American Son'
Monday, November 05, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 5, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Playwright Christopher Demos-Brown makes his Broadway debut with the racially charged drama --- The new Broadway play American Son explores the notion of justice (or lack thereof) by chronicling a fraught night in the life of a Florida family whose teenage son has gone missing. His parents, an interracial couple played by Scandal's Kerry Washington...
It May Not Be True, But It Feels Real
Friday, November 02, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 2, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Ngozi Anyanwu stars in her new play Good Grief at the Vineyard Theatre --- Media depictions of black folk frequently flatten out their complexity. The relentlessly chipper black neighbor on that sitcom, or the magically wise black teacher in that movie only exist onscreen. In the New York premiere of Good Grief at the Vineyard Theatre, playwright...
Don't Worry, You Get Safety Kits
Thursday, October 25, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Oct 25, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside Cara Scarmack's examination of motherhood, isolation, the apocalypse and everyday weirdness --- By the time I arrived at Cara Scarmack's some higher glimmer in our landscape of flat, presented by Buran Theatre at Collapsable Hole, I'd already traveled through three boroughs and was schlepping a very large to-go cup of soup. That turned out...
How Do You Conjure a Feminist Icon Onstage?
Friday, October 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Oct 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
How playwright Emily Mann turned Gloria Steinem's life into activist theatre --- Breaking new ground for women in theatre is nothing new for Emily Mann. The 66-year-old playwright and director, who has served as the artistic director of New Jersey's McCarter Theatre Center since 1991, was the first female to helm productions at many storied regional...
What Does It Mean to Be Human?
Wednesday, October 17, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Andrew R. Butler's new folk musical is set two centuries from now but speaks to today --- A man with long, unruly red hair and a matching beard takes the Ars Nova stage with a guitar. He says his name is Rags Parkland and he's going to be singing some tunes. He strums his instrument and croons a love song -- but his object of desire is surprising....
Wait, Didn't We Just Watch That Scene?
Wednesday, October 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 10, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Inside David Greenspan's new time- and reality-bending play --- The spark for The Things That Were There was ignited the night David Greenspan agreed to auction off his talents. The five-time Obie winner -- who's as lauded for his performing as his playwriting -- was participating in New Dramatists' signature fundraiser Nocturnal Commissions,...
This Play Is About More Than Autism
Thursday, September 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Sep 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
The radical inclusiveness of Catya McMullen's Agnes --- "I didn't set out to write about autism," says Catya McMullen about her world-premiere play Agnes at 59E59 Theaters. When she started on the script in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, she wanted to explore the drama that could ensue when characters with complex relationships were stuck together in...
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