Tag Archive | new work

Downtown

“The lights are much brighter there You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares So go downtown, things’ll be great when you’re Downtown, no finer place for sure Downtown everything’s waiting for you” This song by Petula Clark seems to ring true for playwright Kyle Chua in his new play, Downtown. The lights […]

And on and on and on

In theatre, unless you’re lucky to land an ongoing tour, every piece of theatre is ephemeral not only metaphorically but literally. You’ve got a few weeks or a few months on a project, and then it’s over–you move on to the next, or rather, spend a good deal of energy finding the next. As a […]

The Naked Truth

Last month I ventured to see the show everyone in the gay theatre world was talking about– Afterglow by S. Asher Gelman. The play, which details the sexual romantic escapades of three young men in a burgeoning love triangle, markets itself on the blunt, graphic nudity strung throughout the piece. Though not surprising in a […]

Our Obligation to New Work

This week on my Facebook timeline I came across an article announcing, “Fort Worth Opera Fires Longtime General Director Darren K. Woods“. The word “fire” immediately caught my attention. In short, the company was quoted as wanting to find someone who would “focus more on business and management”, and that while they appreciated Mr. Woods artistic visions for the […]

The Absurdist Impulse in our Time

It is no secret to anyone that I have particular fondness for the absurdist theater, and recently I’ve heard a lot of talk about the power that absurdist theater can have in this current political climate. For example, in the short span of two weeks Howlround has put out not one, but two different pieces […]

Reverence for Plays

I’ve come to a realization, I had to fail in order to do it, but I suppose that’s the case with many realizations. As I have said in my first blog post, I have been reading a lot of new plays recently, and one thing I have been doing is  volunteering to read some new plays […]

Formidable Institutions Cultivating New Works in the American Theatre Scene

Last week I peered into the UK new works theatre scene and learned that about two-thirds of its productions are considered new works (according to the Guardian) and learned of The Royal Court’s breadth and scope in cultivation of new works. This week I looked at American theatre-related institutions that are largely contributing to the […]