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June 14, 2024

Women and Show Biz: A Conversation with Playwright Peter Quilter

The prolific playwright discusses Curtain Up!, Glorious, The Actress and End of the Rainbow – four unique plays exploring the lives of strong leading women in show business.
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May 21, 2024

A Tragedy That Made Me Laugh: Emily Feldman Discusses Her Play The Best We Could

Playwright Emily Feldman discusses her play The Best We Could (a family tragedy), a very funny, achingly sad and inexplicably familiar play about a father and daughter’s search for meaning as they travel cross country to adopt a rescue dog.
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May 20, 2024

A Conversation with Richard Conlon at Hope Springs

In Richard Conlon’s dynamic play Hope Springs, rebellion breaks out at a privately run youth correction facility located on a remote island. We sat down with the playwright to discuss his play for young actors.
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May 16, 2024

Meeting Charles Ludlam: An Excerpt from Charles Busch’s Memoir, Leading Lady

In this excerpt from his memoir, Leading Lady (Smart Pop, 2023), playwright and actor Charles Busch recounts the moment when he first encountered groundbreaking writer/performer Charles Ludlam, marking the historical union of two theatre greats.
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April 30, 2024

Axoloris: The Musical – A Conversation with Creator Sean Mendelson

Axoloris: The Musical is an uplifting TYA musical addressing climate change. We caught up with the show’s creator, Sean Mendelson, to discuss his inspiration, vision and hopes for the future.
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Featured image for “The Tales of Custard the Dragon: Brad Ross and Mary Hall Surface Discuss Their Ogden Nash-Based Musical”
April 26, 2024

The Tales of Custard the Dragon: Brad Ross and Mary Hall Surface Discuss Their Ogden Nash-Based Musical

We recently connected with Brad Ross and Mary Hall Surface, composer and book writer of The Tales of Custard the Dragon, to discuss their meaningful collaboration on the audience-favorite family musical.
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April 19, 2024

Spectacle and Hyper-Theatricality: A Conversation with John J. Caswell, Jr.

Playwright John J. Caswell, Jr. made a splash off-Broadway with Man Cave, a horrifying look at four Latinas who barricade themselves in the basement of a Republican congressman’s home, and Wet Brain, a family drama about three adult siblings who struggle to care for their alcoholic father. We reached out to John to discuss both plays.
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April 8, 2024

Alan Ayckbourn In Five Plays

Celebrated for his razor-sharp, hilarious satire of the British middle class, Alan Ayckbourn has written 90 full-length plays over a 65-year career. Discover the delightfully entertaining work of this brilliant British playwright.
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April 3, 2024

Noël Coward’s Travels

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Noël Coward’s birth, here’s a look at the many places visited by the globetrotting playwright, interspersed with brief summaries of the classic stage works he created while traveling.
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March 29, 2024

Kate Chopin in New Orleans: Mother-Daughter Author Duo Collaborate on Historical Book

Playwright Rosary Hartel O’Neill (author of Degas in Paris, The Awakening of Kate Chopin and other plays) and her daughter Rory O’Neill Schmitt discuss their latest collaboration, the nonfiction book Kate Chopin in New Orleans.
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February 10, 2024

How Black Mothers Say I Love You: A Conversation with Playwright Trey Anthony

How Black Mothers Say I Love You, Trey Anthony’s heartfelt examination of Black womanhood and family, explores identity, loss and mother/daughter relationships. We connected with the playwright to discuss her inspirations behind and within this powerful and touching play.
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January 23, 2024

Sarah Ruhl In Five Plays

Celebrated for her lyricism, humor and authenticity, Sarah Ruhl has become one of today’s most decorated and cherished playwrights. Explore the breadth of her storytelling with these five selected works.
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December 19, 2023

From Page to Stage and Screen: Joe Tracz on Percy Jackson

What is it like adapting the same story to two different mediums? Joe Tracz, one of the brains behind The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical and Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, knows all about it. We join the writer for a conversation on reshaping Percy’s epic tale.
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December 15, 2023

Anton Chekhov In Five Plays

A playwright and master of the modern short story, Anton Chekhov (1860–1904) was a pioneer of the late 19th-century Russian school of realism. Explore just a few of his many notable works, from early plays to his most celebrated shows.
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November 22, 2023

On Aging with Grace: A Conversation with Birthday Candles author Noah Haidle

Birthday Candles, playwright Noah Haidle’s look at one woman’s experience with aging over the course of a century, explores the act of baking a cake as a metaphor for growing old. We touched base with playwright Haidle to discuss the special ingredients hidden within his latest work.
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October 10, 2023

Marvin Hamlisch: Looking Back at the Legendary Composer’s Life and Looking Forward to Celebrating His Legacy

To celebrate 80 years of Hamlisch, we join the iconic composer’s closest family and collaborators to discuss his enduring legacy.
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September 27, 2023

Aliens with Extraordinary Skills: An Interview with Playwright Saviana Stanescu

Saviana Stanescu’s fictional dark comedy about immigration, street clowns and the American Dream premiered off-Broadway in 2008. To celebrate the play’s 15th anniversary, we sat down with the playwright to discuss her work and its enduring relevance.
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September 20, 2023

12.5 Fun Facts About George Gershwin

George Gershwin, musical genius, was born 125 years ago, on September 26, 1898. In honor of this milestone, we’ve compiled a list of 12.5 interesting facts about the great American composer.
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September 15, 2023

Agatha Christie’s Plays: From Playscripts to Playbills

David Morris, author and editor of CollectingChristie.com, explores Agatha Christie’s theatrical work by sharing some fascinating highlights from his vast collection of Christie memorabilia.
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June 26, 2023

“Edgar Degas in New Orleans” at the New Orleans Museum of Art

Mother-daughter author team Rosary O’Neill and Rory O’Neill Schmitt discuss their new book, Edgar Degas in New Orleans.
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June 16, 2023

Laugh Your Butts Off: An Interview with Dan Goggin

Dan Goggin, the affable, hilarious, brilliant man behind the Nunsense musicals, turned 80 this year. We sat down with the composer/lyricist/librettist to discuss his career in the theatre and the secret of success for his little musical that became a global phenomenon.
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June 7, 2023

Sarah Ruhl on Tina Howe

Playwright Sarah Ruhl warmly recounts her relationship with her mentor and friend Tina Howe, author of Coastal Disturbances, Painting Churches and the newly published Where Women Go.
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May 16, 2023

BIPOC LGBTQIA+ Voices and the Queer Experience

The Concord Theatricals catalog is a tapestry of authors and the dynamic perspectives they bring to storytelling. We’re putting a spotlight on queer playwrights of color who explore the LGBTQIA+ experience.
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April 4, 2023

Sleepova with Author Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini

Join our sleepover with author Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini to discuss her new play Sleepova; a frank, funny coming-of-age ode to black women. Get comfy and read Matilda’s thoughts on the play, its characters and her advice for young queer Black women.
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February 15, 2023

My Brother’s Keeper: Q&A with Author Mahad Ali

We chatted with playwright Mahad Ali about the inspirations and the characters of his debut play, My Brother’s Keeper, about two refugee brothers who arrive in a small British seaside town and discover love, pain and commmunity.
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February 7, 2023

Bertolt Brecht In Five Plays

Discover expressionism, naturalistic and epic theatre through these five plays written by German playwright and theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht. Find out how he influenced the next generations of writers, actors and audiences.
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January 1, 2023

Show and Author Anniversaries in 2023

2023 marks a milestone for several Concord Theatricals shows and authors. Here’s a list of selected plays, musicals and authors celebrating an anniversary this year.
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December 19, 2022

It’s More Than a Living: Playwrights Working in the TV/Film Space

In this feature, learn about playwrights making waves as writers for film and television, and some of their reasons for working in the space.
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Featured image for “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812: A Q&A with Composer Dave Malloy”
December 9, 2022

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812: A Q&A with Composer Dave Malloy

On October 16, 2012, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 premiered in New York City at Ars Nova. This year marks the show’s tenth anniversary – and in honor of the occasion, we sat down with Dave Malloy to chat about the show’s inspirations and journey across its multiple productions.
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November 16, 2022

The Sharp Wit of Lorenz Hart: A Conversation with Andy Einhorn

Lorenz Hart’s bitingly clever lyrics, with their unpredictable rhymes, elevated musical theatre songwriting to the level of poetry. In this interview, gifted music director and conductor for Broadway and beyond, Andy Einhorn, discusses what makes Hart’s lyrics soar.
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November 9, 2022

Summer Camp Memories: A Q&A with the Authors of The Grown-Ups

We reached out to the authors of The Grown-Ups to talk about the original, outdoor production of their summer-camp play in 2021, and their recent remounts outside of New York.
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November 8, 2022

Guy Unsworth’s Take on Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

We spoke to playwright Guy Unsworth about his adaptation of the hit 1970s British sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em — the adaptation’s inspirations, the original show’s continued appeal and the experiences of working with the original show’s creator late Raymond Allen.
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