Here we are, launching into a new school year. Isn’t it funny that when you’re a teacher (or a student) “this year” means from the end of August to about May? Doesn’t matter that we’ll be transitioning from 2012 to 2013 in January; it’s all the same YEAR in school-ese.
But that’s a conversation for another day (and probably another blog).
Today I am proud to announce the return of Newsday Tuesday! (And yes, I still love that it rhymes!) In the headlines:
Where Playwrights Take Center Stage – this is an article by the New York Times and I JUST LOVE IT! It’s about a new writer’s project called Write Out Front. Essentially, for three weeks (yes this is happening NOW until September 1st!), playwrights are sitting in the window of the Drama Book Shop in NYC, just, well, writing. Not only can passersby observe playwrights in their natural habitat, but there is a live feed that displays the playwrights’ work as it is being written (no pressure!). AMAZING! The playwright featured in the article is Hilary Bettis, one of 76 participants. The idea was the brainchild of Theaterspeak blogger Micheline Auger. I may just have to make it to New York to see this.
The all-female production ANTIGONE UNEARTHED by Rachel Broderick. Photo by Chelsey Blackmon.
Antigone Unearthed, a reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone written and directed by Rachel Broderick, is being featured at the New York International Fringe Festival through Sunday, August 26th. Reviews are sketchy, but I find the idea really interesting. (I’m considering writing my own version of Antigone; always loved the story, but MY GOODNESS is the play wordy…)
The cast of INDEPENDENTS by the late Marina Keegan.
An Ode to Youth, Forever Fleeting – another NY Times article, this one rather sad. 22-year-old playwright Marina Keegan’s book of a musical, Independents, went up two weeks ago at the New York Fringe Festival…three months after Keegan’s untimely death. A car accident took the Yale graduate’s life, but her legacy clearly lives on in the theatre world.
Tryst, by Karoline Leach is “now being given a highly satisfying production” (Anita Gates, New York Times) at TheatreWorks in Hartford, Conn., through September 9th. For those of us in the tri-state area, Connecticut isn’t too far to see a good play!
That’s all for today, theatre friends. Happy Newsday Tuesday!