Category: Playwriting
This 'Urinetown' Tony Winner's New Musical Comedy Is About the End of the World
Monday, March 02, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Mar 2, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Writer-composer Greg Kotis and his wife Ayun Halliday gab about their latest irreverent theatrical collaboration --- Greg Kotis (who won a pair of Tony Awards for writing the book and lyrics of Urinetown) and Ayun Halliday (experimental dramatist and performer, indie comic icon and best-selling memoirist) have collaborated on a lot of projects over...
Why Young Jean Lee Wants to Ease Your Pain
Friday, February 21, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 21, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
The button-pushing playwright returns to a 2011 cabaret experiment, but takes herself off the stage In 2018, Young Jean Lee became the first Asian American woman to have a play produced on Broadway with Straight White Men at Second Stage Theater. But before she shattered that glass ceiling, the Korean American writer-director spent 16 years creating...
Can You Solve the Mystery of 'The Headlands?'
Thursday, February 20, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 20, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Christopher Chen talks about his latest puzzle of a play, which is having its world premiere at Lincoln Center --- Henry (Aaron Yoo), the narrator and central character of The Headlands at Lincoln Center Theater, is a San Francisco software engineer with an unusual hobby: He likes to investigate cold cases for kicks. At the outset of the play, he...
Finding the Off-Kilter Comedy in Everyday Life
Thursday, February 13, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Thu Feb 13, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
With a pair of witty plays in the East Village, Sarah Einspanier is a writer to watch --- Considering Sarah Einspanier has two productions running in New York this spring, it's jarring to hear her claim that "I'm bad at plot when it comes to plays and also my life! I'm always like, you should figure out who you are, but I haven't yet." That kind of...
Bringing Real-Life Tales of the Undocumented to All Five Boroughs
Thursday, February 06, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 6, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) and Border People give audiences a visceral sense of the immigration crisis --- At a recent rehearsal for Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes), currently at La MaMa and scheduled to tour the outer boroughs, the very core of my soul was stirred as I listened to two characters speak blissfully about Honduras,...
How Two New Comedies Are Subtly Combating Anti-Semitism
Tuesday, February 04, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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How Goy Friendly and The Sabbath Girl bring people of different faiths together --- On the surface, Ashley Blaker's solo show Goy Friendly and Cary Gitter's rom-com The Sabbath Girl don't seem to have much in common. They're markedly different in format, tone and narrative. Yet at the heart of each is a story of people of different faiths coming together....
Why Charles Busch Hopes You Cry at His New Comedy
Thursday, January 30, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jan 30, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Why The Confession of Lily Dare is the playwright-performer's most personal parody --- For the past 35 years, Charles Busch has made audiences cry with laughter at his over-the-top send-ups of classic movies (Die Mommie Die!, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party are just a handful of his spoofs). But at The Confession of Lily Dare, theatregoers...
How Inviting Kids to 'Show Up' Changed My Life
Tuesday, January 28, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 28, 2020  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
I had no idea a theatrical experiment would turn into one of the most rewarding experiences of my career --- Three years ago I had this notion to show up at a theatre and create a show on the spot. Well, more accurately, I thought Show Up was a great title for a show. It literally told people what to do. That title and the idea of showing up...
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