Tag Archives: writers

John Pollono, Ambi-Coastal Writer

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There are likely few new playwrights today who have more experience with both Los Angeles and New York theater than John Pollono. His raw and dark comedy, Small Engine Repair, was originally staged in Los Angeles by Rogue Machine Theatre in 2011 to great commercial and critical success before making the jump to the Off-Broadway MCC Theater in 2013. And while Small Engine Repair was ...

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LA Times Critic Charles McNulty Lauds New Generation of Playwrights

LA Times Theater Critic, Charles McNulty, writes of the current revolution in American play writing: This fall season has provided Los Angeles theatergoers the opportunity to become better acquainted with the most exciting generation of playwrights to have burst onto the scene since I became a theater critic more than two decades ago.  

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Dramatists Guild President on Writer’s Rights

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Dramatists Guild of America President, Doug Wright, has officially weighed in on the controversy surrounding playwright Lloyd Suh’s decision to prevent Clarion University from producing his play, Jesus in India, over casting issues: November 18, 2015 Recently, issues of casting and race have arisen in our national conversation about theater. While the Dramatists Guild applauds these necessary, rigorous and heartfelt conversations, it seems to us ...

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2015 Ovation Awards: Nominations & Winners

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The 2015 Ovation Awards were held on Monday, November 9, 2015 in the Ahmanson Theatre.  The winners in each category are italicized and in red.  The evening’s hosts were Vanessa and French Stewart. Best Season LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL CARRIE THE MUSICAL GOOD PEOPLE JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A MUSICAL MARY POPPINS LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER D‘LO: ...

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Camus: Why I Work in Theater

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Howlround:  “Camus died in a car accident in January 1960, eleven months before Theatre Arts published his essay Why I Work in the Theater… The essay reads much like his philosophical treatises – in turns amusing and thoughtful, and occasionally narcissistic. Throughout it he describes the qualities of theatermaking that continuously drew him to the theater despite having greater successes as an essayist and novelist.”

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The Making of King Lear: Behind the Scenes

The New York Review of Books:  A thorough review of The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro discusses Shakespeare’s writing of King Lear in the context of the artist’s life.  How did the final version of the play veer from the source material – and why?

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A.R. Gurney on American Theater

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A.R. Gurney, the prolific playwright of such titles as Sylvia, The Dining Room, and, of course, Love Letters, turns 85 today.  We celebrate the day with these two insightful clips from 2000 where he discusses Broadway and the future of American Theater.  For Gurney’s more recent thoughts, including those on his latest play, Love & Money, which just had its World Premiere this summer at ...

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Are Pixels Really that Precious?

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American Theatre:  80 writers protest – in writing, of course – the NY Times decision to cut designer and stage manager credits from play reviews.  Perhaps space is at a premium in a print edition but the Internet is not print media.  Full text of the letter is included in the article.

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Arthur Miller on American Theater

On the centennial anniversary of Arthur Miller’s birth, some insights on the state of American Theater in this 1992 Charlie Rose interview clip:

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Guarding Arthur Miller: When Writers’ Estates Say No

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The Guardian:  Theater directors and writers’ estates do not always see eye to eye. As a new generation seeks to reinterpret Arthur Miller’s work, we lift the lid on the scandals, bans and breakthroughs.

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