Journalin-depth stories

  • Beyond Cool: Moving Towards True Transgender Visibility MJ Kaufman
    I hear in theater constantly: a talented artist can write or act anything. Suggesting that an artist can only express their lived experience is limiting. While a cisgender writer certainly could write a nuanced, specific, and well-written trans character, I rarely see it. Instead I see cisgender writers, producers, and actors recycling offensive stereotypes and sensationalizing trans bodies.
  • Against the Dramaturgy of Punishment: From the Greeks to The Normal Heart Andy Boyd
    Tragedy arises not because of one character’s flaw, but because of the irresolvable clash of mutually exclusive value systems: family loyalty clashes with patriotism, sexual gratification clashes with social order, or friendship clashes with the realities of war.… The power of the great Greek tragedies, and the great tragedies of our age, is to be found in their unwillingness to dogmatically assert one value system over another. In a world of easy answers, tragedy dares to ask profound questions. That’s what they did in ancient Greece, and that’s what we need them to do today.

NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival: A Big Little Festival Martha Steketee
    There are many theater festivals and conferences that select participants and winners carefully behind closed doors. Some of these programs have public performances, and some have readings only for theater insiders and participants after the selection has occurred. The Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival provides something different—a blend of private reading and ranking that continues into a public vetting stage with the prize of publication. With a bit of elimination round talent competition flavor, finalist playwrights from around the country bring a production of their play to New York City for juried performances that serve as the final stage of the selection process.
  • Biking Beyond Linear: Past and Future in The Kirkbride Cycle Haley Honeman
    How do we harness the power of arts to inscribe places with cultural value? How does that valuing affect the wellbeing of our communities? That day, many of us brought with us the knowledge of estate’s unclear fate. The performance gave us the symbolic power to determine its future in our town.

Blognews, trends, insights

  • The Adventures of a Male-Bodied Transwoman in Drama School Bianca Leigh
    I was often cast in small roles or the chorus. I learned to watch and listen. Creating a point of view about everything that happens onstage—even when I didn’t have a single line—was invaluable experience. I could make up whatever backstory I wanted. The many pages and youths I played didn’t have strict binary restrictions, so in my heart I was the saucy kitchen wench.
  • Livestreaming a Staged Reading of Flight by Patrick Gabridge—Liminal Space, London—#newplay—Mon, Oct 27 HowlRound TV
    Liminal Space Productions in London presents a staged reading of "Flight" by Boston-based writer Patrick Gabridge on the global, open source HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday, October 27 at 7:30pm GMT (London) / 3:30pm EDT (Toronto) / 2:30pm CDT (Chicago) / 12:30pm PDT (Vancouver).

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