ND News – December 2011

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December 31, 2011

Richard Maxwell and the Wooster Group Will Bring Eugene O'Neill's "Early Plays" to St. Ann's

The Wooster Group has enlisted Richard Maxwell to adapt four of Eugene O'Neill's plays for the world premiere of Early Plays, anchored in the world of sailors and the sea, which will play St. Ann's Warehouse beginning Feb. 15, 2012.  Read More

December 29, 2011

The Wilma Theater: An Interview with Annie Baker

An interview with resident playwright Annie Baker from The Wilma Theater as they prepare to open a production of her play Body Awareness on January 4, 2012.  Read More

December 22, 2011

Richard Maxwell Selected As A Whitney "Biennial" Participant

Resident playwright and theater director Richard Maxwell has been selected as one of the participants in the Whitney Museum of American Art's 75th annual "Biennial," which opens on March 1.  Read More

December 20, 2011

Betty Shamieh Interviewed by Historian's Eye

New Dramatists resident playwright Betty Shamieh gives an in-depth interview on the Historian's Eye website.  Read More

December 17, 2011

Tarell Alvin McCraney Discusses His New Play With Director Tina Landau

An interview in which director Tina Landau and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney discuss their previous Steppenwolf collaboration on the Brother/Sister Plays with Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey. The playwright/ director pair has been developing Head of Passes in workshops this month.  Read More

December 14, 2011

J.T. Rogers' "Blood and Gifts" Brings Recent History to the Stage

Playwright J.T. Rogers, the young author of Blood and Gifts, is obsessed with history. This is his third historical play—all of which have been critically if not commercially successful. And you don’t have to be an Afghan expert—or even deeply pro- or anti-America’s war in a land where “wartorn” is a gross understatement—to enjoy Rogers’ original, compelling play.   Read More

December 8, 2011

Young Jean Lee's "Untitled Feminist Show" to Make NY Premiere in January

For Untitled Feminist Show, adventurous playwright/director Young Jean Lee put together a group of the most charismatic performers she could find (a cabaret star, a burlesque star, three dance-world stars, and a downtown theater star) to engage the audience in a celebration of human transformation and fluidity.  Read More

December 7, 2011

Exorcising the Dark Side: An Interview with David Adjmi

When a trio of edgy, downtown theater producing companies—Soho Rep, piece by piece productions, and Rising Phoenix Repertory—invite audiences to a tea party in an Upper East Side mansion, there must be something subversive afoot.  Read More

December 7, 2011

United States Artists Literature Fellows Include Annie Baker

The annual United States Artists grants have been announced; among the recipients are five literature fellows, each of whom will receive $50,000.  Read More

December 6, 2011

Mia Chung Named One of The Playwrights Realm's Professional Writing Fellows

The Playwrights Realm, under the leadership of Artistic Director Katherine Kovner and Producing Director Stephanie Ybarra, has selected early career playwrights Ethan Lipton, Mia Chung, Nastaran Ahmadi and JC Lee for its 2011-2012 Playwriting Fellowships.  Read More

December 5, 2011

2012 Composer-Librettist Studio Accepting Applications for Composers

The New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, presented in cooperation with Nautilus Music Theater, is designed to provide an opportunity for five writers and five composers to work with professional performers, exploring the possibilities and basic elements of music-theater. The studio focuses on the process of collaboration through a series of brief exploratory assignments for the writers and composers.  Read More

December 1, 2011

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Premieres New John Walch Play

Immigration and its powerful political and personal impact on an Army veteran and an Afghan refugee take center stage in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s world premiere of John Walch’s incendiary In the Book Of… January 5-22.  Read More