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A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

The Correspondent: Playwright Ken Urban

Jody Christopherson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

Ken Urban on The Correspondent: I realized that in a state of extreme grief, in that place of pain, you would do anything to make that pain subside. I never want to judge my characters, but to understand them.

Theater Magic at Sundance

Doug Wright | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
Doug Wright

I've been coming to the Sundance Institute Theater Lab for ten years or more, originally as a starry-eyed young playwright. More recently, I've been returning as an advisor, lending whatever craft and acumen I can to the plays in process.

An Interview With Playwright/Director Daniel Talbott on Slipping at Rattlestick West

Jody Christopherson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

"Slipping... came out of reading an article in The New York Times about Sarah Kane, and her life and work. ... I just loved so much how she talked about experiential theater and why she attempted to write plays, and something just popped in me and I was like, 'I want to try this.'"

Playwright Erik Ehn on Soulographie: Our Genocides a Commemorative Cycle

Jody Christopherson | Posted 06.11.2012 | Arts
Jody Christopherson

Playwrights like these, clearly passionate people who are willing to risk, willing to do things the hard way -- they have the important and difficult task of sharing what they've seen. How do they begin to speak the unspeakable?

Theater's Audiences Are Mostly Female: Why Not the Roles?

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 06.05.2012 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

Theater should be in the complex and necessary business of illuminating the human condition, of inspiring empathy and community. You know what helps that? Telling everyone's stories.

Theatre of the Long Now -- World Theatre Day 2011

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.27.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

What distinguishes Theatre most is its rebreathing. A movie is replayed, a TV show is re-watched, but a play is rebreathed with the simplest technology -- people.

Belated Valentine to American Theatre... and a Patron Named Joyce

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

10 minutes before curtain, I sat down next to an older man. He immediately turned to me said, "So I guess you 're my new friend. Not to get too personal but these were my wife's seats. She passed away a few weeks ago."

Why Are US Literary Laureates Only Poets? Why Not a Dramatist?

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

The country that invented musical theater should have a representational dramatist in its highest official center of literature.

Gender Bias in Theatre -- Digging a Little Deeper

Melissa Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Melissa Silverstein

Anyone who says they are not producing a woman because her play won't make money can no longer get away with it. The argument is gone and should be unmasked as what it is -- sexism.