Newsday Tuesday: What’s up on Broadway

Please forgive my blogging inconsistencies of late (yes, I know I missed again on Friday). I hate to make excuses (but I will); essentially, I’m finishing the last semester of my MFA and the holidays are coming up.  So I’ll continue blogging to the best of my ability, but as I told the writer’s group I’ve been invited to attend, I’m probably a lost cause until January.

Moving on (since hey, here I am, blogging!), I thought it might be nice to revisit some of the plays hitting Broadway this year that were written (or revised) by women.

Theresa Rebeck (center) and Alan Rickman with the cast and director of Rebeck's SEMINAR on Broadway. Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images North America

The New York Times has a great interview with Alan Rickman and Theresa Rebeck for her new play, Seminar, currently in previews at the Golden Theatre.  Also in the New York Times, an article on the controversial revival of Porgy and Bess that may be, it turns out, less controversial than originally intended (previews for that begin Dec. 17). I just learned on Broadway.com that Alicia Keys is both a producer AND COMPOSER for Lydia R. Diamond’s Stick Fly, going into previews on Broadway in two short days.  And it’s sad to note that Broadway takes another step backward, as plans to run Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit have been canceled.  But Wit by Margaret Edson is still coming in January!  Let’s follow that plays example and try to stay positive amidst dire circumstances.  😉

Broadway is a luxury I’ve been unable to afford as of late, mostly due to sheer lack of time.  But I’m happy to say I’ve rediscovered local college theatre and — this year, anyway — I’ve been pleasantly surprised.  Keep your eyes peeled for shows cropping up at the colleges in your hometown.  It’s always good to support local art, as well as the young, enthusiastic thespians just starting out. Plus community theatres can offer a surprisingly pleasant experience as well.

Two shows by women coming to NEPA in 2012: A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow, Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit (March 1-3) and In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg (May 3-20).

If anyone hears tell of other plays written by women headed our way, drop me a line!

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About dramachicky

I am a dramachick: a playwright, actress, director, wife, singer, reader, aunt, daughter, student, teacher, and dreamer. My husband has taken to calling me dramachicky. :-) I have my M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing/playwriting from Wilkes University. My husband and I started a small theatre group in northeast Pennsylvania called Ghostlight Productions. I love all things theatre and I am thrilled to launch this blog as a celebration of women playwrights.
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