Category: Playwriting
Can Conservative Values and Progressive Politics Coexist?
By MARTHA WADE STEKETEE
Friday, March 30, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Mar 30, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Playwright Abby Rosebrock tries to work that out in Dido of Idaho --- Abby Rosebrock did sketch comedy and worked in academia before becoming a performer-playwright. She was most fulfilled when the two went together. "It's like being a singer-songwriter," she explains. "You've written your own material and the performance is integral to bringing...
He Wishes His Play Weren't So Timely
By SANDY MACDONALD
Thursday, March 29, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Alex Lubischer makes his New York debut with Bobbie Clearly at Roundabout Underground --- When Alex Lubischer started writing Bobbie Clearly four years ago, he was sure it could never be done in New York. After all, it has 11 characters and no double casting. In his experience, producers tend to balk even at six roles. "'If you had four or three,...
Cats and Dogs Incarcerated Together!
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, March 22, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How Locked Up Bitches unleashed playwright Catya McMullen's creativity --- "We wanted to throw the best party in town," says Catya McMullen about Locked Up Bitches, the hip-hop musical parody of Orange Is the New Black she wrote with composer Scott Allen Klopfenstein. Currently running at The Flea, the irreverent comedy features 25 members of the...
Seeing the Rwandan Genocide Through an Outsider's Eyes
By JANICE C. SIMPSON
Tuesday, March 20, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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A new solo show grapples with a bloody period in Africa's history --- Back in 2011 while attending a theatre festival in Rwanda, performer and playwright Sean Christopher Lewis spotted a man in a pink jumpsuit walking through a village market. Intrigued, Lewis asked his local companions about the unusual sartorial choice and was shocked by their answer:...
What If Euripides Had Been Female?
By REGINA ROBBINS
Monday, March 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The New Collectives offers a feminist slant on those women of Troy --- Before Giverny Petitmermet became the artistic director of The New Collectives -- a NYC-based arts company that both creates new work and reimagines classics -- she spent years performing for pennies Off-Off Broadway. Sometimes the shows were great; often they were not. But when...
How Did This Piece of Art Become a Play?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, March 15, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside the 25-year journey of Patrick Dunning's The Signature Project --- The Signature Project, currently running at the Sheen Center, was never meant to be onstage. The brainchild of Dublin-born, Oregon-based visual artist Patrick Dunning, it started back in 1990 as an ambitious 76 foot by 36 foot mural that would use the signatures of 1 million...
Why All Student Activists Should See This Show
By SANDY MACDONALD
Wednesday, March 14, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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There's much to be learned from the South African protest docudrama The Fall --- "Nothing about us without us!" That slogan served as a rallying cry for the University of Cape Town (UCT) students who, in the spring of 2015, demanded a statue of 19th-century British imperialist Cecil Rhodes be removed from campus. Their story is recounted in The Fall,...
What Is the Nature of Violence?
By ELIZA BENT
Tuesday, March 13, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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The Wholehearted attacks tough questions at Abrons Arts Center --- Ironically, there's something comforting about procedural crime dramas because we know how they will go. Female victim endures a violent, often sexual attack. If she survives, we see her crying and shaking in an interview with the cops. If she doesn't, we see her naked body brutalized....
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