ND News – May 2013

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May 20, 2013

What Price Idealism, or Who You Gonna Dance With?

One of my all-time favorite play titles is Christopher Durang’s ‘dentity Crisis. It’s minimalist genius: the personal crisis, the dropped “I.” Well, it’s ‘dentity crisis time in the nonprofit theater, but this time the “I” that got dropped stands for ideals or, maybe, idealism. It stands for impulse, as in the original one, and individual, as in individual aesthetic, the thing that makes it possible to distinguish one institutional theater from another, which is now a bit like taste-testing brands of milk. In fact, to read Diane Ragsdale’s air-clearing report on a 2011 confab between producers from America’s commercial and nonprofit worlds, the “I” fell off somewhere back In the Intersection,that crossroads where the art theater meets the money one.  Read More

May 13, 2013

Fellows Feature: 2012/13 Van Lier Fellows, Pt. 3 - The Plays

In early 2012, three writers were selected by three outside adjudicators to be Van Lier Fellows: Jackie Sibblies Drury, Brian Otaño and Charise Castro Smith. In conjunction with the upcoming Van Lier Festival, in a series of brief segments, Van Lier Coordinator Kristoffer Diaz engages the Fellows in conversation about influences, dream collaborators and the plays on which they are currently working. This is part two of three.  Read More

May 9, 2013

Fellows Feature: 2012/13 Van Lier Fellows, Pt. 2 - Dream Collaborators

In early 2012, three writers were selected by three outside adjudicators to be Van Lier Fellows: Jackie Sibblies Drury, Brian Otaño and Charise Castro Smith. In conjunction with the upcoming Van Lier Festival, in a series of brief segments, Van Lier Coordinator Kristoffer Diaz engages the Fellows in conversation about influences, dream collaborators and the plays on which they are currently working. This is part two of three.  Read More

May 7, 2013

Fellows Feature: 2012/13 Van Lier Fellows, Pt. 1 - Influences

In early 2012, three writers were selected by three outside adjudicators to be Van Lier Fellows: Jackie Sibblies Drury, Brian Otaño and Charise Castro Smith. In conjunction with the upcoming Van Lier Festival, in a series of brief segments, Van Lier Coordinator Kristoffer Diaz engages the Fellows in conversation about influences, dream collaborators and the plays on which they are currently working. This is part one of three.  Read More

May 2, 2013

Fellows Feature: Matthew Paul Olmos

In this six-minute segment, Rogelio Martinez, New Dramatists alumnus, and former Princess Grace Award winner, and Matthew Paul Olmos, winner of the 2012 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, discuss Matthew's award-winning play, "so go the ghosts of mexico", part one of a trilogy, writing process, influences and where they stand on the question, is theatre dead?  Read More