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We're Married and Making Plays Together, So Who Does the Dishes?
By AYUN HALLIDAY & GREG KOTIS
Tuesday, February 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Feb 21, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Two artistic spouses -- one of whom has two Tonys -- on their latest stage collaboration --- Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process. Usually when we run artist interviews at TDF Stages, we conduct the conversation. However, when Ayun Halliday (experimental dramatist, indie...
Don't Be Afraid of the Meaning of Life
By ELIZA BENT
Friday, February 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 17, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new show asks the biggest questions of all --- So far, it's been a good year for deep thinking in public places. At the end of January—the same night people were gathering at airports across the country to protest the Muslim ban—a line stretched out the door of the Brooklyn Library's main branch. Queued all the way to Eastern Parkway,...
In This Play, Everyone Is Everybody
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, February 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Rotating roles in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' new show --- Even though the play has been running for several weeks, Michael Braun still doesn't know which part he's playing in Everybody. Or rather, he doesn't know which part he's playing next. That's because during every performance of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' play, now being produced by Signature Theatre,...
If You're Successful, Does Your Identity Disappear?
By JACK SMART
Thursday, February 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 16, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play ponders the cost of thriving --- When a character resembles the playwright who created her, audiences have to wonder: how much of this fiction is rooted in reality? It's a particularly apt question for Tanya Saracho, whose two-hander Fade (presented in its New York premiere by Primary Stages through March 5 at the Cherry Lane Theatre)...
In this Musical, Kindness and Songs Repel Tragedy
By MARISA COHEN
Tuesday, February 14, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Feb 14, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The true story behind Broadway's Come From Away --- At a time when Canada is looking very, very appealing to many Americans, Come From Away gives us yet another reason to embrace our neighbors to the north. The new musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein takes place in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, where 38 flights carrying nearly...
Why Couldn't I Be Caryl Churchill?
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, February 06, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Mon Feb 6, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
An admittedly lesser-known playwright pens a tribute to the dramatist he envies most Welcome to Fanmail, our tributes to theatre artists we admire --- There are playwrights I respect. There are playwrights I revere. But there's only one playwright whom I have ever wished I could be, and that is Caryl Churchill. Having seen many of her plays and read...
Make an Old French Liar Sound Brand New
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, January 31, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 31, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
David Ives brings a classic play to the present --- A man who fabricates stories, who can't keep himself from lying, who is unrepentant when his on-the-fly fictions are exposed, who lives in an alternate reality? Ripped from the headlines? No, it's the 17th-century French comedy Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille. And now, under the deft hand of playwright-adapter...
In Puerto Rico, They're Making Their Own Family
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Thursday, January 26, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jan 26, 2017  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
A new play explores a community in Old San Juan --- Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. A Spanish fort stands onstage, a stone-wrought relic from the district's colonial past. But the past is of little concern in Tell Hector I Miss Him. Playwright Paola Lázaro instead sets her eyes on the people living in the region today. "I wanted it to be a portrait...
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