ND News – February 2012

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February 29, 2012

Mia Chung, Chiori Miyagawa & Andrea Thome Among Playwrights of Collective "Dream Acts" at HERE

From Left: Mia Chung, Chiori Miyagawa and Andrea Thome

In Dream Acts, five undocumented teens from Nigeria, Mexico, Ukraine, Korea, and Jordan face the extraordinary challenge of living ordinary lives under the radar. Through their experiences, we learn about facts about the DREAM Act and the secret lives lead by undocumented youth.  Read More

February 27, 2012

I AM THEATRE: Kwame Kwei-Armah

Theatre Communications Group's I AM THEATRE captures pivotal moments in the lives of theatre-makers in an online video series. This project will raise awareness for the theatre field and champion the diverse group of people who are creating, supporting, and engaging with theatre. TCG has graciously allowed New Dramatists to re-post videos related to our current resident playwrights, alumni and family of collaborators.  Read More

February 25, 2012

Director of Eugenie Chan's "Tontlawald" Reflects on Ancient Primal Music, Hidden Snakes, and Living Dolls

Eugenie Chan's ​Tontlawald is based on an Estonian tale from The Violet Fairy Book. Director Paige Rogers heard it from her son's first-grade teacher, and it captivated her. Rogers, who co-founded the Cutting Ball Theater in 1999 with her husband, Rob Melrose, was also inspired by Poland's Teatr ZAR, which uses dance and music in its theater productions and takes its name from funeral songs performed by the Svaneti tribe in the Caucasus, in Georgia. So she asked resident playwright Eugenie Chan to work on a script, got Annie Paladino to co-direct, and Laura Arrington to choreograph.  Read More

February 24, 2012

Role Reversal: From Intern to Director

On a typical January morning this year Richard Maxwell, 44, woke up in his apartment at Manhattan Plaza, took the subway downtown from the Port Authority terminal and ended up inside the Performing Garage, where he went to work directing the most famous experimental theater troupe in the world, the Wooster Group, in a rehearsal of Eugene O’Neill’s Early Plays.  Read More

February 19, 2012

I AM THEATRE: Andres Munar

Theatre Communications Group's I AM THEATRE captures pivotal moments in the lives of theatre-makers in an online video series. This project will raise awareness for the theatre field and champion the diverse group of people who are creating, supporting, and engaging with theatre. TCG has graciously allowed New Dramatists to re-post videos related to our current resident playwrights, alumni and family of collaborators.  Read More

February 17, 2012

EmcArts Innovation Stories: Empowering Our Writers

Since March 2011, New Dramatists has participated in the EmcArts’ Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts, a three-phase program designed to allow organizations to challenge core assumptions about their work. Since that time, New Dramatists has transformed the role of our resident playwrights from being served by the staff to co-creating their own residency experience.  Read More

February 15, 2012

Playwrights Horizons New Season to Include Annie Baker & Tanya Barfield

From Top: Annie Baker and Tanya Barfield

Playwrights Horizons has lined up new works by Annie Baker, Tanya Barfield, Richard Greenberg, Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, Amy Herzog, Samuel D. Hunter and Lisa D'Amour as part of the Off-Broadway company's 2012-2013 season.  Read More

February 11, 2012

I AM THEATRE: Young Jean Lee

Theatre Communications Group's I AM THEATRE captures pivotal moments in the lives of theatre-makers in an online video series. This project will raise awareness for the theatre field and champion the diverse group of people who are creating, supporting, and engaging with theatre. TCG has graciously allowed New Dramatists to re-post videos related to our current resident playwrights, alumni and family of collaborators.  Read More

February 10, 2012

Three Playwrights Selected for 2012-13 Van Lier Playwriting Fellowships

Charise Castro Smith, Brian Otaño, and Jackie Sibblies Drury have each won a Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship at New Dramatists. The three writers will spend 18 months at New Dramatists developing their work and working closely with mentor playwrights.  Read More

February 8, 2012

Crowd-Source the Dragon: Qui Nguyen and His Vampire Cowboys Are Back

The dragon is called the Tiamat, and in last fall’s production of Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters, this firebreather closed the show. As the terrified heroine cowered in a spotlight, smoke filled the Flea Theater’s narrow stage. When the lights rose, there was the monster: a colossal five-headed puppet whose handlers were neatly concealed behind the fog. As a practical effect, the Tiamat was convincing enough to make one swear off CGI forever. As theatrical spectacle, it was a highlight of 2011.  Read More

February 7, 2012

Jason Grote Got T.V. Gig through Meeting at Denver's New Play Summit

Resident playwright Jason Grote met Theresa Rebeck at the Denver New Play Summit in 2008. Years later Rebeck, the head writer on NBC's new theater-centric drama Smash, hired Grote to write for the show - and not a moment too soon.  Read More

February 3, 2012

I AM THEATRE: Lynn Nottage

Theatre Communications Group's I AM THEATRE captures pivotal moments in the lives of theatre-makers in an online video series. This project will raise awareness for the theatre field and champion the diverse group of people who are creating, supporting, and engaging with theatre. TCG has graciously allowed New Dramatists to re-post videos related to our current resident playwrights, alumni and family of collaborators.  Read More

February 2, 2012

February 2012 at New Dramatists

Artistic Programs Administrator Erin Detrick gives you the low down on all the happenings this month at New Dramatists.  Read More