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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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November 26, 2021

Celebrating 25 Years of the Alfred Fagon Award

To celebrate the extraordinary work that that has been championed by the Alfred Fagon Award over the years, we caught up with some of our authors to hear about what being affiliated with the Award means to them and why it matters in the industry today.
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November 22, 2021

Lisa Carroll on writing Cuckoo

Lisa Carroll discusses how she approached exploring themes of teenage identity and cruelty in her play Cuckoo.
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November 18, 2021

The Possibilities of Theatre: Esther Freud on writing Stitchers

Playwright and author Esther Freud discusses the creative inspiration behind her play Stitchers, which follows the story of Lady Anne Tree as she introduces needlecraft classes to prisoners.
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August 11, 2021

“Garden District” Short Film Features at Madrid International Film Festival

Garden District, a short film based on Rosary O’Neill’s full-length play Solitaire, is earning awards and nominations at prestigious film festivals around the world. The playwright and her daughter, Rory Schmitt, discuss the development and success of the play and film.
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July 29, 2021

Lorraine Hansberry In Five Plays

Despite her early death at age 34, Lorraine Hansberry broke new ground with dynamic, challenging plays that took Broadway by storm. Explore the work of this trailblazing playwright and activist.
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July 11, 2021

Adapting a Novella for the Stage: Allan Miller on The Fox

Playwright Allan Miller reflects on the process of converting D.H. Lawrence’s deeply interior novella The Fox into a dynamic and thrilling stage play.
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June 9, 2021

Terence Rattigan In Five Plays

One of Britain’s greatest playwrights, Terence Rattigan created a wealth of comedies and dramas that triumphed in the UK and US. Explore these five selected plays demonstrating the breadth of his talent.
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May 25, 2021

Inspired by Life: An interview with Taz Skylar and Ross Berkeley Simpson, writers of Warheads

Tarek ‘Taz’ Skylar and Ross Berkeley Simpson discuss working together on Warheads, a striking show based on the lasting impact of war on those who return from it and try to assimilate back into the day-to-day.
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April 19, 2021

Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary on Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical

With Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ now available to license, we caught up with the authors about the new musical and its timeless appeal.
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April 13, 2021

Samuel Beckett In Five Plays

Darkly comic and incredibly idiosyncratic, Samuel Beckett’s work strikes a chord with anyone who encounters it. From his fast-moving monologues to the full-length masterpiece Waiting For Godot, here’s a list of some of Beckett’s most memorable works.
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April 12, 2021

Scene Study and Classroom Reading: Plays for Colleges and Universities

Update your collegiate curriculum with these titles that are perfect for reading lists and scene work.
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February 24, 2021

Groundbreaking Women at the Tonys & Pulitzers

Explore the women of Concord whose work has been recognized by the Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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February 19, 2021

Alan Bennett In Five Plays

From his infamous Talking Heads monologues to witty depictions of real people, discover the breadth of Alan Bennett’s work through five selected plays.
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January 27, 2021

D.H. Lawrence’s The Fox: Gender and Politics 100 Years Later

Allan Miller, creator of the stage adaptation of The Fox, explores the work’s legacy a century after its initial publication.
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December 17, 2020

Playwriting in Quarantine: Growth in the Digital Age

Playwright Rosary O’Neill has wasted no time in quarantine. Read more about her experiences developing new plays over video calls.
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December 4, 2020

Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker: Q&A with Tappan Wilder

Thornton Wilder’s resplendent comedy The Matchmaker opened 65 years ago this month. Wilder’s nephew and literary executor, Tappan Wilder, discusses the play’s history and enduring appeal.
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October 7, 2020

Harold Pinter In Five Plays

Spanning over 50 years, Harold Pinter’s work has made a mark on not only the theatrical world, but the literary world as well. Celebrate his legacy with this list of some of his most memorable plays.
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August 11, 2020

Playwright Rosary O’Neill on Virtual Performances

Playwright Rosary O’Neill discusses moving productions to the virtual stage and the benefits of keeping the work alive even from a distance.
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July 28, 2020

Beau and Emily Bridges on Acting: The First Six Lessons

“One of the things both my grandfather and dad have both talked a lot about is belonging to the ‘Family of Actors.’” Beau Bridges and Emily Bridges present their musings on writing Acting: The First Six Lessons.
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July 17, 2020

100 Years of Dublin History: Lee Coffey on In Our Veins

Dublin-based playwright Lee Coffey turned to the remarkable, challenging history of his hometown for his play In Our Veins, which premiered at the Abbey Theatre last year.
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June 17, 2020

Plays by Black Writers: Stories for This Moment

Concord Theatricals is proud to represent plays by Black authors that grapple with current themes and the history of the Black community. To commemorate Juneteenth, we’ve pulled a selection of titles.
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May 28, 2020

Q&A with Eamonn O’Dwyer and Helen Watts

Discover more about the writer and composer team behind musicals such as Mrs Beeton Says… and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
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May 26, 2020

Degas in New Orleans: Rosary O’Neill’s Play Slated as a Film Project

Rosary O’Neill’s play Degas in New Orleans is making its way to the silver screen. Read more about its journey from stage to screen.
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