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July 22, 2013

Sibyl Kempson and John Collins in Conversation at Walker Art Center

Elevator Repair Service director John Collins and New Dramatists resident playwright Sibyl Kempson talk about their creative process, both in general and in the making of Fondly, Collette Richland.  Read More

July 6, 2012

Barbara Hammond Shares Advice for New Playwrights

Resident playwright Barbara Hammond speaks with the website Scripts and Scribes about her newest works. She discusses how she came to be a writer, what her biggest lessons have been, and shares advice for new playwrights.  Read More

June 11, 2012

Quiara Alegría Hudes, Post-Pulitzer, Eyes the Next Chapter

Playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes has a lot going for her: this year's Pulitzer Prize for drama, a piece of a Tony Award-winning musical (In the Heights) and a growing repute as one of the most poetic, socially clued-in young voices in the American theater. Now what she really could use is a little West Coast love.  Read More

June 6, 2012

J.T. Rogers: Complex "Gifts"

When J.T. Rogers’ play Blood and Gifts was in the midst of its off-Broadway run in 2011, the influential Council on Foreign Relations bought up the seats to one entire performance as a kind of field trip for diplomacy wonks and intelligence types.  Read More

May 29, 2012

Kirsten Greenidge: Inspired by the Huntington

In 1986, Kirsten Greenidge attended a student matinee performance of August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone. The experience was a seminal one for her, one that inspired her to become a playwright.   Read More

March 22, 2012

Treasures among the trash in "Death Tax"

Before sitting down to work, playwright Lucas Hnath often prepares by taking on The New York Times’ crossword puzzle. Hnath said he particularly depended on this strategy when writing “Death Tax,” which begins its premiere run tonight in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays.  Read More

March 16, 2012

Back story: Playwright Annie Baker

Annie Baker is not one to court the spotlight. The shy 30-year-old playwright seems to prefer expressing herself on the page to chatting about her work. She's a wordsmith, not a showboat, and her plays sing with the quiet pleasures of sharp observation and genuine feeling.  Read More

January 23, 2012

Young Jean Lee in Conversation

Young Jean Lee, playwright and director, talks with producer Caleb Hammons about her new work, The Untitled Feminist Show, now at the Baryshnikov Arts Center through February 4, 2012, as part of the COIL Festival. They discuss Young Jean’s approach to movement practice and the complications of naming and crediting a “Nearly Wordless Show.”  Read More

January 16, 2012

Playwright Carlos Murillo Goes Viral

Playwright Carlos Murillo's dark play or stories for boys has been produced all across the country in recent years and is now receiving its Chicago premiere at Collaberaction Theatre. The play, which is based on a true story that was featured in the February 2005 issue of Vanity Fair magazine, explores the world of cyber manipulation.  Read More

January 4, 2012

Artistic Director Todd London Talks New Plays With Hollins University

New Dramatists Artistic Director Todd London recently spoke at Hollins University about the sobering discussion presented in his book Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play.  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 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 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

October 24, 2011

Interview with J.T. Rogers, Author of Blood and Gifts

Blood and Gifts is, at its core, a spy-versus-spy play, laced with black humor. Rogers gives us a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse, evoking the worlds of Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh. At the same time, we get a wonderfully comic set of richly drawn character studies. The play starts with a CIA agent arriving in Pakistan in 1981 to begin his mission -- covert funding of Afghan freedom fighters. We meet his English and Russian secret-service counterparts, Pakistani military officers, Afghan mujahideen, a US Senator and many others -- each with at least two faces.   Read More

October 14, 2011

Jenny Schwartz on God's Ear

A whirling, wordy play about grief springs up at Seymour Centre’s Reginald Theatre this month. The director of the Sydney production, Jonathan Wald, interviewed New York-based playwright Jenny Schwartz.  Read More

October 11, 2011

Slovenes in the USA Interviews Stefanie Zadravec

It was only a few years ago that Stefanie Zadravec made her playwright debut as a contributing writer for The Fear Project. Since then she has been a rising star in the world of theater. Stefanie’s work has been recognized by numerous awards, of which some are listed on her webpage. But perhaps the best indicator of the quality of her work is the swiftness with which the production companies are putting her work on stage.  Read More

October 7, 2011

Adam Szymkowicz Interviews Taylor Mac

"My plays often squish genre's, styles, and forms together with the hope that by doing so I'll create work that honors (by acknowledging) the past and present but whose goal is to help dream the culture forward."  Read More

September 1, 2011

A Conversation with Taylor Mac

I sat down with playwright, director, actor and drag performer, Taylor Mac, to talk about the highs and lows of making theater and community in New York, and to discuss his latest play, The Walk Across the Country For Mother Earth, which looks at idealism, community activism, and the humanity (warts and all) of the individuals who make up a community and seek to make change.  Read More

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