Playwrights

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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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Featured image for “Women Lead the Comedy in Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Soprano”
February 2, 2024

Women Lead the Comedy in Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Soprano

Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Soprano matches his hit Lend Me a Tenor in its doses of comedy while offering a feast of complex comedic roles for female actors.
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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 28, 2023

We Walk Into a Bank: Q&A with Roxy Cook

Follow playwright Roxy Cook into the fantastical world of A Woman Walks Into a Bank – a powerful portrayal of a country in crisis inspired by childhood fairytales and winner of the 2023 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award.
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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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September 14, 2023

Mr. Burns Turns 10: An Interview with Playwright Anne Washburn

Mr. Burns – a post-electric play, Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy featuring music by Michael Friedman, premiered off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons on September 15, 2013. Ten years after the play’s auspicious opening, we caught up with the playwright to discuss The Simpsons, humor, fear, community and the power of storytelling.
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August 16, 2023

Geek! Turns 10: A Conversation with Playwright Crystal Skillman

Geek!, Crystal Skillman’s hilarious and fast-paced comedy-drama about the dynamic world of cosplay, premiered in New York City in 2013. To celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary, we caught up with the playwright to discuss the play’s inspiration, themes and enduring appeal.
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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 14, 2023

Stumped! Catching Up with Playwright Shomit Dutta

We caught up with playwright Shomit Dutta to discuss his first play, Stumped, an insight into a game of cricket with playwrights Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter.
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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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April 12, 2023

Checking in at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Q&A with author Deborah Moggach

Deborah Moggach, the author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, talks with us about the stage adaptation of the Sunday Times bestselling book and beloved film starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighty.
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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 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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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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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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September 6, 2022

Return to Clown Bar: Adam Szymkowicz on His New Sequel

Clown Bar 2 is a hilariously wackadoo sequel to the enormously popular Clown Bar. Playwright Adam Szymkowicz, author of Kodachrome and Marion, or the True Tale of Robin Hood, recounts the tale of the show’s birth.
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July 25, 2022

How To Be Brave: Q&A with Siân Owen

Siân Owen’s one-woman play follows Katie’s adventure around Newport with a stolen BMX. We spoke to Owen about her monologue, her inspirations and her relationship to Newport.
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July 13, 2022

Puffs: A Charming Chat with Author Matt Cox

It’s been five years since the off-Broadway premiere of Puffs! To celebrate, we had a chat with playwright Matt Cox about how the show was written and staged for the first time, and the enduring impact it’s had on audiences worldwide.
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June 27, 2022

Sex Cells: A Conversation with Playwright Anna Longaretti

Sex Cells, a funny and poignant play set in the busy call centre for a sex toy manufacturer, has delighted audiences worldwide since its London debut in 2013. Playwright Anna Longaretti discusses the play, its themes and its continued relevance.
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June 22, 2022

10,000 Performances and Counting: A Conversation with Playwright David Tristram

David Tristram is one of the UK’s most popular playwrights – his comedies have been performed more than 10,000 times by professional and amateur companies worldwide. We caught up with the man behind the mask to learn more.
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May 14, 2022

Style and Adaptation: A Conversation with Playwright Rob Urbinati

Playwright Rob Urbinati, author of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, Murder on West Moon Street and Death by Design, discusses these three “adaptation” plays, the enduring appeal of great works, and his approach to comedy.
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May 12, 2022

A Place for We: A Q&A with Playwright Archie Maddocks

Playwright Archie Maddocks, author of the bittersweet comedy A Place For We, discusses the play, his artistic influences, and his dual roles as playwright and stand-up comedian.
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May 3, 2022

A Q&A with Porcelain Author Margaret Perry

An interview with the playwright Margaret Perry, whose play Porcelain premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 2018.
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March 29, 2022

Pravin Wilkins on Writing Moreno

Pravin Wilkins discusses his play Moreno, which won the 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award.
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March 10, 2022

Agnes of God: A Conversation with Author John Pielmeier

Agnes of God, John Pielmeier’s taut, compelling three-character drama about a young nun accused of murdering her newborn, premiered on Broadway in 1982. Forty years later, the writer answers our questions about the play, faith and mystery.
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February 22, 2022

Una McKevitt on Writing One Good Turn

An interview with the playwright Una McKevitt, whose comic play One Good Turn premiered at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 2021.
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January 18, 2022

Funny Girl: “The Most Horrible Experience Of My Life”

In an essay first published in 1966, bookwriter Isobel Lennart hilariously reflects on the arduous creative process that led to the worldwide success of Funny Girl.
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January 11, 2022

The Story of a Friendship: Jack Heifner on Vanities

Jack Heifner’s Vanities, a bittersweet comedy astutely chronicling the lives of three Texas girls, remains provocative, stimulating and hilarious nearly half a century after its creation. We spoke to the playwright about the show’s development and legacy.
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December 10, 2021

Adrienne Kennedy In Five Plays

Explore the dizzying work of one of the most innovative and subjective American playwrights to come out of the 1960s.
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