Second Stage opened two new productions this week, Sex with Strangers, at its main stage in Midtown, and Mala Hierba, at its smaller venue on the Upper West Side. Lindsay, Nicole, and Isaac discuss these and revisit Michael Mayer’s production of Hedwig and the Angry Inchstarring Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall. They also do a mini-preview of upcoming August shows, including Bedlam Nightmares, Shakesbeer,and King Lear at Shakespeare in the Park.
Sundance Playwrights Sound Off on Female Emergence, Blacklisting and Advocacy Group The Kilroys - Playbill.com
Sundance Theatre Lab participants Dominique Morisseau, Annie Baker and Sheila Callaghan open up to Playbill.com about the roles women are playing in the theatre — both onstage and off.
"We need to talk about class, we need to talk about race," Baker said. "I feel like if we just focus on women, we might end up with a lot of naturalistic dramas about rich white women on the Upper West Side… and I actually feel like if theatres country-wide made an effort to program plays that are formally experimental for people from all walks of life, all backgrounds, I think that the female playwrights thing would follow. I think the people writing those plays are women. I think some of the most interesting formal experimentation in this country is happening by female playwrights… I’m so appreciative of all the conversations of gender parity in the theatre, but I’m often weirded out by class and race not being talked about at the same time."
An interview with stage and screen actress Adepero Oduye (Movies: 12 Years a Slave, Pariah and Broadway: The Trip to Bountiful) by fashion designer and entrepreneur Busayo Olupona. This is a gorgeous interview about having the guts to pursue your dreams and the grit to persist when they seem out of reach.
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lindsaybarenz, mildlybitter, and itsdlevy discuss Stephen Adly Guigis’s new play at Atlantic Theater, Between Riverside and Crazy; an immersive play about dating in New York City, Play/Date; the final offering of the ENCORES Off-Center season, Pump Boys and Dinettes; an outdoor production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson from Piper Theatre; and what shows we’re looking forward to seeing this week.
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lindsaybarenz, mildlybitter, and itsdlevy discuss four new productions, an epic Macbeth with Kenneth Branagh, a modern fairytale musical, a musical based on the music and lyrics of Tupac Shakur, and a play from recent Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Aktar. But first we hear about Nicole and David’s walking tour of New York’s midtown theater district with Broadway Up-Close and as always we end with what we’re seeing this week.