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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity & Inclusion blog salon: Gender Parity in the American Theatre This is the second of two [...]

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This year I bought an anthology of Contemporary Plays by Women: Outstanding Winners and Runners up (1978-1990) for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (prize deadline was September 15th). In its preface, Editor Emilie S. Gilgore wrote what is now a damning statistic: “We got in touch with Lillian Hellman and asked her to join us [...]

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“Why Not Us?”: Lisa Kron on 9/11 and In the Wake

by Julie Haverkate May 28, 2014 Interviews
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(Photo by Joan Marcus) Back in March, TCG published In the Wake by the Obie award-winning playwright of 2.5 Minutes and the book writer for the recent hit musical, Fun Home. In her newest published work, Lisa Kron takes on the big question of our country’s character with Ellen, a political junkie, who on the Thanksgiving [...]

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Intersecting Lives, One Hallway:
Adam Rapp on extending moments and digging deep

by Julie Haverkate April 29, 2014 Interviews
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Back in January, TCG published The Hallway Trilogy, a harrowing collection of plays by Adam Rapp that premiered, in rep, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2011. The plays – Rose, Paraffin and Nursing – weave tales of love, torment and redemption in one Lower East Side tenement hallway over the course of a century. Ever [...]

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Eric Bogosian: Let’s Talk About Sex

by Julie Haverkate April 9, 2014 Interviews
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Back in October, TCG published Sex Plays, a single volume of two new plays Eric Bogosian, one of America’s premier performers and most innovative and provocative artists. Skunkweed details the culture clash between a L.A. screenwriter and a working-class girl and her rural Florida clan in a hotel room. 1 + 1, which premiered at [...]

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Todd London Dreams of An Ideal Theater

by Julie Haverkate March 12, 2014 Interviews
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In September, TCG published An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art, a wide-ranging documentary history of the American theatre movement as told by the visionaries who goaded it into being. This anthology collects over forty essays, manifestos, letters and speeches that are each introduced and placed in historical context by noted writer and [...]

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Melissa James Gibson: On Spaces and Bodies, and the Movement In Between

by Julie Haverkate January 2, 2014 Interviews
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Back in July, TCG published Melissa James Gibson’s This and Other Plays. The debut collection by the Obie Award-winning playwright includes This, an un-romantic comedy about a group of friends; Suitcase, an anxious verbal quartet about stalled dissertations and improbable romantics; [sic], in which three, young urban-failures navigate the slippery allegiances of their triangular friendship [...]

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Amy Herzog: On Family, Grief and Playwriting

by Julie Haverkate September 17, 2013 Interviews
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Back in June, TCG published Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles & After the Revolution. After the Revolution is a moving portrait of an American family forced to reconcile its thorny and delicate legacy, while in 4000 Miles, a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist, a young man seeks solace from his feisty 91 year-old grandmother in her New [...]

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Sarah Ruhl on adaptations and delving into the minds of masters Chekhov and Woolf

by Julie Haverkate April 3, 2013 Interviews
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Later this month, TCG will publish Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl’s Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Woolf’s Orlando, a pairing of adaptations: Anton Chekhov’s classic of ennui and frustration and Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending, period-hopping novel. Sarah will be at Vassar College on April 10 to read her recent work: a series of micro-essays about theatre-making, being [...]

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A Letter of Support for David Adjmi

by Jon Robin Baitz July 19, 2012 Advocacy

(Ed. note: We’re featuring Jon Robin Baitz’s open letter on behalf of David Adjmi to signal TCG’s support of Admji, a TCG published playwright, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, a TCG Member Theatre. Executive Director Teresa Eyring has signed the letter on behalf of TCG and connected Adjmi with a pro-bono First Amendment lawyer. If you [...]

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Shanley Remembers Tennessee Williams

by Rob Weinert-Kendt February 1, 2011 Playwrights
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Next month marks the centennial of Tennessee Williams’ birth, but the whole year is his, with revivals of his work all over the country, including one of Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway in the fall with Nicole Kidman and James Franco. American Theatre will cover this theatrical giant’s 100 years in various ways throughout [...]

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