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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Playwright Melis Aker, "Hound Dog" Ars Nova 2022


HOUND DOG
By Melis Aker
With Music & Lyrics by Melis Aker & the Lazours
Directed by Machel Ross
FRANK J. OLIVA (SET DESIGNER)
PRODUCED BY ARS NOVA


MACHEL ROSS (DIRECTOR)
AVI AMON (MUSIC DIRECTOR & SOUND DESIGNER)
FRANK J. OLIVA (SET DESIGNER)



OLIVIA ABIASSI (PERFORMER)
ASHLEY BAIER (PERFORMER)
ELLENA ESHRAGHI (PERFORMER)
MEL HSU (PERFORMER)
MATT MAGNUSSON (PERFORMER)
SAHAR MILANI (PERFORMER)
LAITH NAKLI (PERFORMER)
JONATHAN RAVIV (PERFORMER)
MAYA SHARPE (PERFORMER)

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Playwright Jiehae Park, Peerless, Primary Stages/59e59, 2022


 Playwright Jiehae Park, 2022
Primary Stages/59e59, 

Peerless
by Jiehae Park
directed by Margot Bordelon
in association with Jamie deRoy

with Marié Botha, Anthony Cason, Sasha Diamond, Benny Wayne Sully, and Shannon Tyo

scenic design by Kristen Robinson .



L
I’m going to help you.
Like you do for me.

M
this is diff/erent

L
it’s not.
look at me
look at me.
what do you see?

A breath.

M
Me

L
And then me.
You
and then

M
You.

L
let’s practice
ok
let’s do you first
hey
hey

M
ok

L
yeah?

M
ok





Saturday, October 22, 2022

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Playwright Katrina Wong, 2021 Sweatshop Overlord, New York Theater Workshop


 Playwright Katrina Wong, 2021
 Sweatshop Overlord,  
 New York Theater Workshop

Sunday, September 18, 2022

"Quince" Collaborating Playwrights Camilo Quiroz-Vázquez and Ellpetha Tsivicos,

"Quince" 
Collaborating Playwrights Camilo Quiroz-Vázquez and Ellpetha Tsivicos,
 Scenic Design Tanya Orellana
 at The New Bushwick Starr

MARIA: It wasn’t enough that we were poor, they wanted us to look poor. They wanted us to walk in there with ripped up ponchos and flies over our heads. But mom would never take us anywhere looking like that. Showing up somewhere looking like we had nothing would have been the biggest shame of her life.
 

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Camilo Quiroz-Vázquez and Ellpetha Tsivicos, Play Quence, and Bushwick Starr, proofs




 Camilo Quiroz-Vázquez and Ellpetha Tsivicos, Play Quence, and Bushwick Starr,
Tanya Orellana (Scenic Design), another shot, I do all my work on film, I do not even have a smart phone. ©peterbellamy22
playwrightportraitprojectsite http://www.peterbellamyphoto.com/

Hi Peter,

Here are two quotes, we prefer the first, but if you have room for two, these two really tell our story as creators and help define our aesthetic.

1)
MARIA: It wasn’t enough that we were poor, they wanted us to look poor. They wanted us to walk in there with ripped up ponchos and flies over our heads. But mom would never take us anywhere looking like that. Showing up somewhere looking like we had nothing would have been the biggest shame of her life.

2)
CINDY: I think my grandmother’s last breath took the air out of our family. The lemons fell off the tree she planted and no one had time to pick them up. No one watered her rose bushes, no one took care of the stray dogs and cats she cursed at but always fed and we started locking the front door. My mom didn’t cry, she said we had to be strong and get used to my grandma not being around. But I could still hear her voice whispering the rosary. 


Let us know if you need anything else,
Camilo 




Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Playwright Clarence Coo on Stage at 59 e 59 theater produced by Primary Stages, 2022


 Playwright Clarence Coo on Stage at 59 e 59 theater produced by Primary Stages, 2022

On That Day in Amsterdam
Sammy-

I mean, did they know? What they would leave us? These things we got to spend the whole day looking at? The colors as vibrant as they ever were before. Like they left a gift for us. People in the future. People they would never see. For a moment -– for one day -– you can forget all the ugly things in your life. Can you imagine being able to do that for other people? That would be nice, right? To leave something behind. And prove that you were here.  





Person/CompanyCredit
Primary StagesProducer
Ted SnowdonProduced in Association
  
Clarence CooPlaywright
  
Zi AlikhanDirector
Jesse KovarskyMovement Director
  
Jason SherwoodSet Designer
Lux HaacCostume Designer
Cha SeeLighting Designer
Fan ZhangSound Designer
Nicholas HussongProjections
  
Jakob W. PlummerStage Manager
Shiku ThuoAssistant Stage Manager
  
Stephanie YankwittCasting
Stephanie YankwittCasting

Cast
ActorRole
Waseem AlzerSammy
Brandon Mendez HomerRembrandt
Glenn MorizioKevin
Liz RamosAnne

Jonathan RavivVincent

Sammy

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Playwright Zakiyyah Alexander 2007





 Playwright Zakiyyah Alexander, 2007

excerpt from 10 Things to Do Before I Die


VIDA: Hello, it’s me and I am leaving you a message. You know what I hate? What I hate about you? I hate the fact that you drip sweat all over me, it’s disgusting, not sexy. I hate that you say the word fucking while you’re fucking me. I hate it when you go down on me. I lie there and wait while you think you’re actually doing something, then I pretend to come cause I’m worried that I might hurt your feelings. I hate that you don’t call me enough, that you don’t think about me enough, that you don’t love me. And, I hate the way I feel when you walk out the door. I hate you for making me hate me.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Playwright Karen Hartman, VOLT Festival, 2022, 59 e 59 theater

Playwright Karen Hartman,
Primary Stages
 presents

New Golden Age
Directed by Jade King Carroll
Lee Savage, Set Design


LIN 

What’s next? We decide.

If we lose contact, make contact.

Trust each other.

Oldies broke the earth but there is open space. 

There’s no surveillance in the Outer Plains.

Be your own leaders.

Use the tools at hand. 

 

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Playwright Mara Velez Melendez, Soho Rep, 2022

Playwright Mara Velez Melendez,   Soho Rep
2022

 “Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members,”

"You don’t have to be courageous to be sublime"
 

My Passenges Enroute to JFK Taxi, 2014


 

Friday, August 5, 2022

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Emily Zemba, New Ohio Theater, 2022




 Playwright Emily Zemba, 
New Ohio Theater, 2022

THE STRANGERS CAME TODAY

Written by Emily Zemba
Conceived by SOCIETY
Directed by Violeta Picayo

MARGARET

[...] And then I thought: wouldn’t it be funny if everyone else here was ALSO an actor? If every single one of you was also an actor, working with some theater company, gathering in-person research, for some project. Wouldn’t that be funny?

And but then I thought: well, I mean, that doesn’t really make sense, does it? Statistically, I mean. Because honestly, how many theater companies are there, really? How many small theater companies could there possibly be, in the world, at one time, at the same time, working on the same thing? Asking the same questions. Also, wasn’t it Maeterlinck the Belgian dramatist who said “the majority of the great poems of humanity are not stageable?”

...

I am really sorry.

....

Moondance was always my favorite Van Morrison song, Matt.

OR

MEDIUM

Did I know that? Hmm. That’s an interesting question. Did I know that?

 

PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Are you asking me??

 

MEDIUM

I suppose the cleanest answer is: no, I didn’t know that.

But, the more truthful is: I don’t know what I know, often.

—. It’s like when you step on a crack in the sidewalk. Did you know the crack was there? Probably not literally, not exactly. But maybe you were aware that it could be there. Maybe you looked down and saw it just before your foot hit the pavement. Maybe you chose to step on it anyway. Maybe you were curious what it would feel like. Maybe the unevenness of the concrete set you a little off balance... but you found your footing again just in time.

You see, I feel things, like cracks in sidewalk, without meaning to.

Maybe the question isn’t ‘what do I know’. But what do you know, JoAnn?

Emily Zemba
Playwright 


Sunday, July 31, 2022

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Streaking across Atlantic av, at Rochester, in East NY. 2015

Streaking across Atlantic av, at Rochester, in East NY. 2015
 

Playwright Mona Mansour on stage at the Ice Factory, New Ohio Theater, 2022

Playwright Mona Mansour on stage at the Ice Factory, New Ohio Theater, 2022

Beginning Days of True Jubilation by Mona Mansour

ONE OF THE LESSER GENIUSES
That’s the main thing I would offer up as a tip is do not come into this expecting REST.




\TEAM LEADER
But for now, let's treat it like it works. Let's say it works. Because eventually it will.



THE DOUBTER
They say, they say, it works three times out of 20. That's not - that's not a good average.



 

Proof Three Files for Fine Art Prints, Brooklyn, 1970s


Proof Three Files for Fine Art Prints, Brooklyn, 1970s



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Saturday, July 23, 2022

Playwright Gab Reisman, Clubbed Thumb, 2022

Playwright Gab Reisman, Clubbed Thumb, 2022

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Saturday, July 16, 2022

6 playwrights who have worked with Director Knud Adams

6  playwrights who have worked with Director Knud Adams

Angela Hanks

Andy Bragen

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins,

Christopher Chen

Sanaz Toossi

Trish Harnetiaux

link

Playwright Portrait Project

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Unpublished Portraits from the Artist Project, Jeanne Silverman 1989, David Wojnarowicz 1986, and Brian Gaman 1985

Jeanne Silverman, 1989
David Wojnarowicz  1986
1954-1992
The David Wojnarowicz Foundation
https://wojfound.org/
 Brian Gaman 1985
1948-2014

https://www.romanovgrave.com/memorials/brian-gaman-2

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Saturday, July 9, 2022

LIRR, Atlantic Av, East New York,

                             LIRR, Atlantic Av, East New York, 2015




























Sunday, July 3, 2022

Divine Presence Perceived as Light During a Theophany, 2014

Divine Presence Perceived as Light During a Theophany, 2014
 

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Saturday, June 25, 2022