ND News – June 2012

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June 25, 2012

Opinion: In Theater, a Need for an Audience That Cares

Someone asked me recently if I paid attention to the audiences who see my plays. “Yes,” I said, “I watch them very closely.” I hear every cough, see every lit phone screen. I, too, pay attention to the fact that many have gone gray, as the Globe’s Don Aucoin wrote last week. So it’s sheer delight if I see more than a few audience members who are youthful — that is, under 45 — and it’s next to ecstasy if I see some who are “of color.” When I sit there hoping an audience will respond to my words, any form of “other” is better than none at all.  Read More

June 20, 2012

New Dramatists Class of 2019 Announced

Clockwise from top left: Christina Anderson, Andy Bragen, Clarence Coo, Erin Courtney, Laura Marks, Kenneth Prestininzi

New Dramatists is proud to announce the addition of six playwrights to our resident playwright company, the class of 2019: Christina Anderson, Andy Bragen, Clarence Coo, Erin Courtney, Laura Marks and Kenneth Prestininzi.  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