Here's to Ladies Who Knit Onstage!
By SUZY EVANS
Seeing characters knitting helps me celebrate my hobby
Hello, my name is Suzy Evans, and I am a knitter.
I used to think there should be some sort of greeting from a support group when I disclosed that information. Although I hated that I experienced a sort of secret shame about my ever-growing hoard of yarn skeins, there was certainly a good...
Before Their Tragedy, They Were Glorious
By JEFF POTTER
A new show remembers the fire at the UpStairs Lounge
Stepping across the threshold of the Lynn Redgrave Theater, audience members attending The View UpStairs find themselves in an immersive set recreating the The UpStairs Lounge circa 1973, an under-the-radar gay bar in New Orleans' French Quarter. With a white grand piano standing center, the...
A Radical New Look for 'Miss Saigon'
By DOUG STRASSLER
The Broadway revival's set changes everything
The way the design team of Miss Saigon sees it, they will only have done their jobs correctly if the audience doesn't notice their work at all.
"People shouldn't sit back and go, 'That was a great piece of scenery!'" says Totie Driver, the co-set designer for the current Broadway revival of the 80s...
What Do We Make of Her Murderous Story?
By DIEP TRAN
A new play upends a classic work of art
Entering the set of Betty Shamieh's play The Strangest is like being transported to another place and time. The play, which is now at Fourth Street Theatre in a production from Semitic Root, unfolds in a room encased in red velvet curtains. Golden lamps hang from the ceiling. The floor is lined with colorful...
Would You Risk You Career to Tell the Truth?
By GAVIN WHITEHEAD
Ibsen's political classic could've been written last week
We all know how easy it is to ignore an inconvenient truth. Think of the politicians who deny climate change, a phenomenon almost universally accepted by the scientific community.
As it happens, it is that very issue that inspired writer Seth Barrish and director K. Lorrel Manning to...
Can These Friendships Survive Factory Layoffs?
By JACK SMART
A Broadway play probes a working-class community
Kate Whoriskey describes herself as "someone who loves jury duty."
The director is referring not to the civic obligation that most Americans dread, but to the notion of interacting with strangers and new points of view. "I love these things that are more about being in a room with people you'd...
He Hopes His Play Becomes Obsolete
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Inside a nuanced comedy about gun control
Jason Odell Williams first had the idea for a play that tackled gun control in 2007, in the wake of the shooting at Virginia Tech. It was an idea he revisited in 2011, when Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head while meeting with constituents at a supermarket in Arizona. The shooting at...
Finding the Comedy in His Drug Addiction
By EMILY OWENS & HOLLIS JAMES
A performer (and his wife) put his sordid past onstage
Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process.
When writer/comedian/DJ Hollis James sat down to pen his first play, he had no idea how it would turn out or if it would even see the spotlight of day. But when he showed...