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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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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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November 1, 2022

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s Creators on the Teen Edition

We chatted with the creators of the West End hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie about the new Teen Edition: advices on putting on and performing in the show for the teachers and students. Put on your heels and step into the world of Jamie New.
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October 31, 2022

A Conversation with the Creators of ELEANOR – An American Love Story

Eleanor – An American Love Story chronicles the remarkable journey of Eleanor Roosevelt, the shy, insecure aristocrat who was destined to become First Lady of the World. We spoke to the musical’s creators about the show’s inspiration, development and continued appeal.
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October 28, 2022

Edgar Degas in Paris: Interview with Historians and Authors Rosary O’Neill, PhD and Rory O’Neill Schmitt, PhD

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of iconic French artist Edgar Degas’ visit to New Orleans and New York, Degas in New Orleans playwright Rosary Hartel O’Neill and her daughter, Rory O’Neill Schmitt, discuss Degas, Paris, and their new nonfiction book, Edgar Degas in New Orleans.
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Featured image for “Celebrated Virgins: Q&A with Creators Katie Elin-Salt & Eleri B. Jones”
October 27, 2022

Celebrated Virgins: Q&A with Creators Katie Elin-Salt & Eleri B. Jones

Celebrated Virgins creators Katie Elin-Salt and Eleri B. Jones discuss their creative process in adapting the true story of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, lifetime partners who were cast off by society in late 18th-century Ireland.
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September 30, 2022

Thank You, Teachers

To honor the wonderful educators who motivate young theatre artists, Concord Theatricals authors thank their most inspiring teachers.
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September 20, 2022

Reimagining Shakespeare for the Modern Stage: Q&A with Author Andrew Shepherd

The Bard’s classic and timeless characters have been reimagined by author Andrew Shepherd in his epic, romantic, tragic, sci-fi comedy, The Shakespeare Conspiracy. In this conversation, Shepherd shares his love of Shakespeare and explains the creative process behind his ‘real’ and ‘theatre’ worlds.
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Featured image for “A Fractured Folk Tale: Creators Mark Waldrop and Brad Ross Discuss LUCK! A Musical”
September 19, 2022

A Fractured Folk Tale: Creators Mark Waldrop and Brad Ross Discuss LUCK! A Musical

We had the good fortune to chat with bookwriter/lyricist Mark Waldrop and composer Brad Ross, co-creators of LUCK! A Musical, a hilarious, fast-paced show based on a short story by Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer.
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September 13, 2022

Strong Female Roles by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie wrote female characters who were often as ambitious and independent as the masterful mystery writer herself. Dive into this article to discover Christie’s maverick women, and where you can read more of their stories.
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September 12, 2022

A Conversation with Playwright Charlie Josephine

We interviewed playwright Charlie Josephine for their latest works – the critically acclaimed I, Joan and Monologues for ‘Others’. Find out more their inspirations and creative process behind these titles.
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August 23, 2022

In Focus: Ryan Scott Oliver on 35mm

In celebration of the ten years since the premiere of 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, we sat down with the rockin’ composer Ryan Scott Oliver to dig into his artistic process and chat about the collaboration that inspired the show.
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