Monday, May 23, 2016

The Playwright Noah Haidle, Lucille Lortel Theatre, 2016

The Playwright Noah Haidle, Lucille Lortel Theatre, 2016
Smokefall
Lucille Lortel Theater
by Noah Haidle,
 Directed by Anne Kauffman
Cast With Tom Bloom, Brian Hutchison, Zachary Quinto, Taylor Richardson and Robin Tunney



Footnote

Violet enters.
The sun will rise in seven hours.
She will take out the same dishes, silverware, the same glasses, and then wait for everyone who remains to wake up.  
I imagine the universe as a household which is always beginning again.
A circle without a cause or an end, a circle that never gets tired, that has no apparent aim, unless the aim is to find bliss inside the circle.
To find joy, and hope, and meaning in the details and facts that hour by hour define our lives.
The names might be different but our fate is the same.
To give what we have.
The attempt is how we live.



Friday, May 20, 2016

The Playwright Emily Schwend at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 2016





The Playwright Emily Schwend at the Rattlestick  Playwrights Theater, 2016



Utility
by Emily Schwend
World Premiere by The Amoralists Theatre Company
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York City
directed by Jay Stull

Starring Alex Grubbs, Melissa Hurst, James Kautz and Vanessa Vache

Set Design Kate Noll
Sound Design Jeanne Travis
Light Design Nick Houfek
Costume Design Angela Harner 
Prop Design Zach Serafin
Associate Producer Anderson Heinz
Production Assistant Kat Murphy

Production Manager Jeremy Pape


AMBER: But it ain’t fair. Ain’t fair that he’s gonna go through his life being the same guy he always is, same guy he always was, but I gotta go through my life like. Like I gotta lose just about everything I used to like about myself just so I can keep shit even halfway decent for everyone else around here.

JIM: I dunno what you mean bout that.

AMBER: Just. I been with Chris since before I was even a grown up person. And I ain’t the same person, and that’s how it goes. But I miss that person I used to be. You know? 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Playwright César Alvarez at The Connelly, Theater, 2016



The Playwright César Alvarez at The Connelly, Theater, 2016
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Futurity
Music by César Alvarez with The Lisps

produced by Soho Rep and Ars Nova

Lyrics and Book by César Alvarez

Directed by Sarah Benson

in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays


FEATURING

CÉSAR ALVAREZ
ANDREW R. BUTLER
FRED EPSTEIN
ERIC FARBER
EAMON GOODMAN
KAREN KANDEL
KRISTINE HARUNA LEE
MIA PIXLEY
KAMALA SANKARAM
JESSIE SHELTON
DARIUS SMITH
STORM THOMAS
SAMMY TUNIS 

THE TEAM
Choreography | DAVID NEUMANN
Set Design | EMILY ORLING & MATT SAUNDERS
Percussion and Contraption Design | ERIC FARBER
Lighting Design | YI ZHAO
Costume Design | EMILY ORLING
Sound Design | MATT TIERNEY
Props Design | NOAH MEASE
Fight Choreography | J. DAVID BRIMMER
Music Director | CÉSAR ALVAREZ
Dramaturg | JACKIE SIBBLIES DRURY
Script Development & Additional Text | MOLLY RICE
Production Stage Manager | TERRI K. KOHLER 

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus at The Wild Project


The Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus at The Wild Project
Men On Boats 
By Jaclyn Backhaus
Clubbed Thumb Summer Works, 2015
directed by Will Davis

Men on Boats : Playwrights Horizons

set by Arnulfo Maldonado
costumes by Ásta Bennie Hostetter
lights by Solomon Weisbard
sound by Jane Shaw
production stage manager Sunny Stapleton
with Jess BarbagalloBecca BlackwellHannah CabellDanielle DavenportDanaya EsperanzaDonnetta Lavinia GraysBirgit HuppuchLayla KhoshnoudiKelly McAndrew, and Kristen Sieh

POWELL. Well. Some of you are here for sport and some of you are here for skill and some of you are here because you get a kick out of killing bears and some of you are here because it got your ass out of the army on a good note and some of you are here because you have nowhere else to go. You know why I’m here? I’m here because my friend, the fucking PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES, needed a better knowledge of the arid lands of this nation. I am here because I was given a job. And in case you didn’t know, it’s hard for gimps to get jobs around these parts, so I am going to do this job to the best of my ability. And it just so happens that I’ve run more rivers than any of you all put together—I did the fuckin Mississippi up and down when I was 17 years old and I’ve done more tributaries than you can name on BOTH of your sorry hands. If you want to go over what we could have done to save the No-Name, then be my guest. But, instead of that, I am going to focus on the marvelous forethought we put into divvying up most of our supplies between each boat. And I’m going to thank God that none of us perished today, and that none of us broke any crucial bones. All of that is a win, in my book. We won’t make it to the end of this expedition if we focus on anything other than wins. So, if you don’t want to go down to the wreckage tomorrow, then I’m sure I can rely on one of your fellow crew members to be a good sport.

You got your fucking cliff, Dunn. Now how about a nice fucking rabbit dinner.

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury at the Abrons Art Center, 2016




The Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury at the Abrons Art Center, 2016

Really
By Jackie Sibblies Drury

The New York City Players

By Jackie Sibblies Drury; directed by Richard Maxwell; sets and lighting by Michael Schmelling; costumes by Linda Mancini; produced by Regina Vorria; production stage manager, Ms. Vorria; technical director, Dirk Stevens; sound by David Zuckerman; general manager, Molly Grogan. Presented by Abrons Arts Center and New York City Players, Mr. Maxwell, artistic director. Through April 10 at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, Manhattan; 212-352-3101, abronsartscenter.com. Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes.­WITH: Elaine Davis (Mother), Kaneza Schaal (Girlfriend) and Tavish Miller (Calvin).


REALLY
2F, 1M
A piece about artists, legacy and photography. REALLY asks what do we try to leave behind, what do we actually leave behind, and how do we deal with being left.


data:  Hasselblad film Camera,  Film Kodak,  film NPL 160, 120mm lens,  F 11 @ 1/8 sec. Natural day  light, no retouching

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Playwright Max Posner at The New Ohio Theater, 2016

Playwright Max Posner at The New Ohio Theater,  2016

Judy  
by Max Posner
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
produced by Page73



(TARA and TIMOTHY are sister in brother. It’s 2040)

TARA
Anyhoo. If you feel like Eloise needs an Aunt in her life, if she needs to talk about having a Woo or Anything Female

               TIMOTHY 
Why would she need to talk about that?
We’ve got it covered, Judy and I

TARA 
No Reason Just
I’m sure Judy can handle it


We got her like a Hundred PDF’s on that stuff. 
Like a Billion PDF’s.

TARA 
Well if she wants to be around New People, Thursdays – 

TIMOTHY 
We Will Not Be Joining Your Fucking Cult.

TARA 
You know that word is no longer very interesting or meaningful. You know the rest of us have stopped using it.

TIMOTHY 
Yeah I know, Okay
No one says it anymore. But guess what? 
I do
I always will, my children will, their children will. 
We will be the ones who say Fuck. Long after anyone knows what it means. 
Soon it will be another word for rock. Another word for tooth. 
Another word for for for Sorry.
And we will walk on the fucks through the woods! 
We will skip fucks in the river! 
We will get braces to straighten our fucks! 
We will feel fuck about it, it will be fucky. 

No one says it anymore but we will, okay? 

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Playwright Trish Harnetiaux at The Brick Theater, Brooklyn, 2016


Playwright Trish Harnetiaux at The Brick Theater, Brooklyn, 2016

How to Get Into Buildings

                                                                       Produced by New Georges

by Trish Harnetiaux; 


excerpt


THE WAITER
Or, sir, perhaps you’re craving a Root Vegetable of some sort?

NICK
My mother told me that certain vegetables… hated each other.
Radishes fucking can’t stand carrots for example.
Or other radishes for that matter.
They’re competitors.
They literally compete.
For the same dip.
Think about it.
Humus.
Think about it.
Shit, Babaganoush?
This is most common with... Root Vegetables.
...Just hiding in the fucking ground all year.
A long.................................. uncomfortable beat.

THE WAITER backs away, cradling the water pitcher. 

Directed by Katherine BrookCast Jess Barbagallo, Mike Iveson, Kristine Haruna Lee, Tina Shepard, Jacob A. Ware and Stephanie Weeks