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'Silent Sky': Playwright Lauren Gunderson Connects Women Pioneers Through Performance And Panel

Mira Veda | Posted 04.11.2014 | Women
Mira Veda

On a perfect rainy afternoon, a sold out crowd gathered at Theatre Works Silicon Valley for a panel and penultimate performance of Silent Sky.

Mourning a Friend I Never Met

Sherman Yellen | Posted 02.26.2014 | Good News
Sherman Yellen

She didn't email or have a computer, but she had something better than that for communicating: a generous heart.

New Play Development: Death By Talkback

Monica Bauer | Posted 05.25.2013 | Arts
Monica Bauer

Maybe you've been there as a playwright, as I have. Maybe you've been there as an audience member. Maybe you've been there as part of a system of "new play development." Maybe it's been working against the creation of vibrant and exciting new theater. I am speaking of the Talkback.

Women Playwrights Applaud Theaters

Monica Bauer | Posted 03.28.2013 | Arts
Monica Bauer

As many active in making theater have realized recently, plays written by women are often a scarce commodity on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in local and regional theaters.

Geezus Chris: A. R. Gurney's Heresy

Bess Rowen | Posted 12.15.2012 | Arts
Bess Rowen

Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high, but the talented folks at The Flea Theater couldn't entirely save this clever concept for a show from what struck me as unfortunately simplistic writing.

The Art of Being Dumb

Timothy Braun | Posted 11.17.2012 | Books
Timothy Braun

When these students write I can see anger and frustration. These students are the "losers" at the university, and they know it. Most people don't like being called "dumb."

What to Do When You Have Performance Dates, But You Have No Script

Amanda Draughn | Posted 10.16.2012 | Arts
Amanda Draughn

Working on this play is unlike anything I have ever worked on as an actor. We got random pieces of the script at a time, instead of a complete script. We actually received a completed Scene 3 before we had written Scene 2.

The Elephant and the Mouse in Edinburgh

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Monica Bauer

Too often, Americans especially view theater as something that is only done in the English-speaking world. One of the coolest things about Edinburgh is finding a hidden gem from the great big wide world of theater, done by companies outside the U.S. and UK.

13 Playwrights Is Preparing To Implode

Shoshana Greenberg | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home
Shoshana Greenberg

The 13 playwrights of 13P formed nine years ago to realize full productions of their plays. Each playwright produces one play, serving as the artistic director of the production. The group ceases to exist once every playwright has had a production.

Another Fornicating Play

Howard Sherman | Posted 08.15.2012 | Home
Howard Sherman

We may be a country founded on free speech, but our ongoing inability to define pornography and obscenity creates a grey area; inflammatory words employed knowingly for artistic and cultural reasons are verboten.

New Plays Join the Fight for Equal Rights

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 08.06.2012 | San Francisco
Lauren Gunderson

"The phrase Marriage Equality has become a political talking point for liberals and conservatives alike. The goal with the Marriage Equality Plays is to share a human side of a polarizing political issue."

Betsy Franco Directs Ensemble of Teen Monologues Inspired by 'In the Time of the Butterflies'

Nicole Hammersla | Posted 06.09.2012 | San Francisco
Nicole Hammersla

Written and performed by the students of Henry M. Gunn High School, Faceoff seeks to explore the intersection of tyranny and resistance. I caught up with Betsy Franco, who coached Gunn's teen writers and actors through the process.

Why Can't Art Be Instructive?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.16.2012 | Arts
Carla Seaquist

Why can't Art instruct? In addition to providing entertainment, consolation, beauty, and a reflection of our humanity by holding "the mirror up to nature," why can't Art also teach us a thing or two?

Exclusive Documentary Clips Reveal Playwright's Painful Past

Turnstyle | Posted 11.15.2011 | Home
Turnstyle

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Theater of the Every Day Epic

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

In a world where shocking corruption, violence, and injustice meet stunning generosity, future-making discovery, and a rebellious hope, we need a theater that gives us new ideas, not just a good time.

Daniel Beaty's 'Chosen Schizophrenia' Drives His Solo Playwriting

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Sims

"Are you asking me if I'm a control freak?" Daniel Beaty asks me as I question his decision to turn an ensemble play into a solo work.

Eureka! Science Belongs On Stage

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

Science is built for the stage. The very act of scientific discovery is one of the most dramatic in the human experience. Dramatic because it changes everything.

An Openly Optimistic Letter to Performing Artists Freaking Out About Relevance During Hard Times

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

The change of perspective we offer as artists can become a change of heart, then a change of mind, then a change in life. Our fiction then, is our prediction.

Third Screen: David Henry Hwang on Defining Yourself in a Shifting World

Vickie Karp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vickie Karp

DHH: Theater is uniquely positioned to address issues of community simply because it's not mass media. I do some work in theater. I do some work in film and television.