Journalin-depth stories

  • An Interview with Abhishek Majumdar and Gopal Datt Abhishek Majumdar, Gopal Datt, Steve Ginsburg
    We are very privileged and we can afford to have these conversations, but most of India cannot. There is no reason why they should have these philosophical questions because their philosophical question is there in the temple, in the mosque. It is there in the stories of the Ramayana, the Mahabarata, in the stories of Amir Hamza or Prophet Mohammad. It’s all there so they don't have to replace that religion with the religion of the theater.
  • Interview with PigPen Theatre Company members Ryan Melia, Arya Shahi, and Matt Nurenberger Ryan Melia, Arya Shahi, Matt Nuernberger, Corey Ruzicano
    A lot of people ask us “how?” when they see our shows. How did you do it, how did you do all of that? How did you write the music? How did it all come together? Because everyone does say go out and create your own work, which is what we’re doing. And we’re so proud to be inspirational to certain artists because of it. But the number one thing, as a writer, as someone who has to create something out of nothing, is to not be afraid to be really, really bad for a while.

NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • Sweet Dreams, Mr. Heroin in Lewiston, Maine Amy Merrill
    Given the rise in drug addiction everywhere—in Maine alone, heroin and/or morphine deaths increased seventeen percent in 2012 according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse January 2014 report—I wonder if playwrights might not think about ways in which we might be useful. Can we educate the public about why drug addiction is a prevalent as it is? Can we make them feel? Can we use our skills to help people in recovery tell their own stories?
  • Empathy for our (often) Ridiculous Culture: Gob Squad’s Western Society Cory Hinkle
    "Western Society," in some senses, models our online world—there are screens within screens, videos within videos, and stories within stories. Watching the show is like reading a beautiful piece of literature stuffed within a cat video wrapped in gold lamé. But what makes this show incredible is that Gob Squad finds the heart in all of it—it’s emotional, it’s strange, and it’s a show that cares about all of our lives.

Blognews, trends, insights

  • Ask if it’s Equity—Maybe Greg Redlawsk
    Are Equity tours of a higher quality than non-union productions? Very possibly. There’s a larger talent pool to work with and performers tend to be more experienced. That said, whether or not a tour is a union production has never been shown to have a demonstrable effect on ticket sales that I’ve been able to uncover.
  • Devising The Environment: Mixing Science and Theater In The Classroom Stephen Spotswood
    The class is split almost right down the middle between theater majors and environmental studies students, with a few crossovers. That first day we have a much more immediate question to answer: Did this mix of drama and science students have the capacity to merge together into the ersatz devising company we needed them to be? Would they be open-minded, generous, and willing to play? If not, the entire semester would be an uphill process.

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