Category: Playwriting
Finding a Story of Hope in a Historic Holocaust
Thursday, May 03, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new play focuses on two friends who survived the Armenian genocide --- Over a decade ago a stranger approached playwright Joyce Van Dyke in the lobby of a theatre. "My name is Martin Deranian," the elderly gentleman said. "Your grandmother and my mother were best friends and they were deported together from their homeland in 1915. I think you should...
Why You Need to Hear Charles Ignatius Sancho's Story
Friday, April 27, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Paterson Joseph's bio show spotlights a forgotten black pioneer --- You've probably never heard of Charles Ignatius Sancho, the first black Briton to vote back in 1774. Playwright/ performer Paterson Joseph, who is also black and British, hadn't either until he discovered Gretchen Gerzina's book Black England. A classically trained actor known for...
How Well Do You Know Your Neighbors?
Thursday, April 26, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Working Theater's ambitious five-play series connects disparate NYC communities --- Adam Kraar's new play Alternating Currents is set in a real housing complex in Flushing, Queens called Electchester. It's full of vibrant details only someone familiar with the development would know, such as references to the red-tailed hawks that reside on one of...
This Play Wouldn't Exist Without Her Students
Tuesday, April 24, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
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How Lucy Thurber's new drama was inspired by a pair of her pupils --- Obie-winning playwright Lucy Thurber is as interested in talking about her teaching experiences as her new drama Transfers at MCC Theater. That makes sense since her world-premiere play is inspired by students she worked with as MCC's Youth Company Playwriting Lab Director. Like...
Rapping About Smashing the Patriarchy
Monday, April 09, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Apr 9, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The Q Brothers give Lysistrata a feminist hip-hop makeover --- Lots of theatre-makers update the classics but only the Chicago-based Q Brothers specialize in "add-rap-tations:" contemporary hip-hop reimaginings of iconic texts. Their playful and inventive takes on The Comedy of Errors, rechristened The Bomb-itty of Errors, and Othello: the Remix both...
The Library Was Her Home -- Literally
Thursday, April 05, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Sharon Washington's solo memoir examines her unusual New York City upbringing --- Sharon Washington loves being an actor. That comes through in her autobiographical solo show Feeding the Dragon, presented by Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Yet despite her 30 years onscreen and stage, the show focuses on a time before she found the spotlight,...
What I Learned From Committing Cultural Appropriation
Thursday, April 05, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    3 comments Share This
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Performer and playwright Eliza Bent shares the backstory of her new solo show --- Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process. Last summer I was at a dinner party recounting one of my tried-and-true tales. It's about a home movie I made at age 11 in which I portrayed Queen Liliuokalani,...
Why 'Yerma' Should Always Take Place Now
Wednesday, April 04, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How Simon Stone radically reinvented an 84-year-old play --- Initially, playwright and director Simon Stone wasn't sure Federico García Lorca's Yerma would resonate with modern-day audiences. To him, the 1934 tragedy about a Catholic woman in rural Spain whose longing for a child sends her over the edge seemed woefully out of date. "I was like,...
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