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Event 11/27

23 Nov

Hello Blog Readers!

We’ve been in a quiet mode for a few months, but are about to be back with a vengeance.

We begin this new phase with an exciting event this Sunday, November 27 featuring local playwright (now on Broadway) Lydia R. Diamond in conversation with Tarell Alvin McCraney and Ilana Brownstein (Founding Dramaturg, Playwrights’ Commons).  Attend in person at the Wimberly Theatre, or online at #NewPlay TV and on twitter.

Here’s the complete event listing:

In celebration of Company One’s current production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays, we invite you to join us in person and online for a dynamic conversation between McCraney and Boston playwright Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly, currently on Broadway), moderated by dramaturg Ilana M. Brownstein. The event will feature questions from the audience, and will be simultaneously broadcast on #NewPlay TV, a web channel curated by The American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, (livestream.com/newplay).

Admission to the event is free and open to the public: Sunday November 27, 5:00pm in the Wimberly Theatre at Boston’s Calderwood Pavilion. Those who cannot attend in person are encouraged watch online and participate via twitter with the hashtags #NewPlay and #C1Bos.  The event is part of Company One’s new play outreach programming, and marks the first collaboration between Company One and #NewPlay TV.

EVENT DETAILS:

5:00pm, Sunday, November 27
In the Wimberly Theatre at the Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116
– Online at livestream.com/newplay
– On twitter: #newplay / #C1Bos / @DturgsC1 / @company_one

July Playwright Night Out

28 Jul

We’re excited for our next Playwright Night Out this coming Sunday, July 31.

Join us at Russell House Tavern in Harvard Square. We’ll be in the lower bar from 6-9p.

Click HERE to rsvp. All playwrights (and those who love them) are welcome!

 

Reporting from LMDA11: The Dramaturg as Public Artist

13 Jul

Hello all,

The conference of Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas wrapped up over the weekend, and as usual, I’ve left with not only a new spark and verve for my work, but also a few tangible take-aways.

In this first (long) post on the conference, I’ll offer a summary of the events.

Thursday belonged to  LMDA’s University Caucus, which annually allows dramaturgs with ties to academia present Hot Topics, and then turns those topics out into the room for conversation and weekend-long follow up.  I love the U-Caucus because it’s not only a good jumping off point for the rest of the conference as a whole, it provides a useful snapshot of what the academic-affiliated portion of the field has been thinking about over the past year.  This time we had topics as diverse as:

1. Dramaturgy as a mediation tool between culturally/racially difficult plays and sensitive communities (in this case, a challenging play that needed to reach a socially/racially conservative audience base)

2. Dance dramaturgy practiced as scientific R&D

3. Strategies for restoring women to the canon of dramatic literature

4. Finding ways to honor and evaluate the work of dramaturgs as professors within the academic tenure structure

5. Dramaturgy as a healing process

6. Dramaturg as department chair — how to use the skill set of a dramaturg to question and reformulate something as staid and unmoving as an academic department

7. Explorations of ownership, power, and copyright in the dramaturg/playwright relationship

8. And lastly, a report on the upcoming release of the updated LMDA University Caucus Sourcebook, which gathers together members’ dramaturgy syllabi, exercises, case studies, resources, and the like.

We finished the day with an invigorating and amusing keynote address from Adam Lerner, the curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. He made an impassioned argument for the need to embrace being more awesome. Or, as he put it, we creative professionals spend so much time trying to be excellent, we forget to be awesome.

For him, “awesome” means leaving aside the snobbery and stuffiness and elitism that contemporary art (analogue: contemporary theatre) seems to inflict upon the public. At MCADenver, he instituted the Mixed Taste lectures, which pair two absolutely disconnected lecture subjects into one evening event, then holds  joint Q&A. Examples: Walt Whitman and Whole Hog Cooking; Prairie Dogs and Gertrude Stein; Marxism and Kittens Kittens Kittens. It’s an amusing idea, but also one that unearths completely unexpected patterns in the juxtaposition. It gives attendees time to really appreciate issues of, for example, artificial lighting (which, as I recall, was paired in an evening with Warhol). You walk away with new understandings of things you couldn’t guess you’d care about.  For me, the big idea here was that when we find way to connect art to very fabric of our lives, we give our lives and the art meaning; this is authenticity. (Also, the next Mixed Taste will be the starting point for MCADever’s Pigeon Project, whereby Denver residents can check out homing pigeons to take home, care for them for a while, and then release them to find their way back to the MCA roof deck. Amazing and WTF all at once.)

Friday began with several opportunities to take advantage of Denver walking tours and public art.  Several colleagues and I (including PwritesCom Associate Producer Corianna Moffatt ) decided to get out into the mountains and check out the Buffalo Bill grave and museum. It was terrific — so utterly theatrical in itself, and a celebration of the life of one of America’s consummate showmen. Also, it was wonderfully kitschy. Check out this motley crew of dramaturgical types:

Friday also saw several larger-scale panel discussions, once the morning walkabouts were completed. We began with a group session on the status of the field in response to Todd London’s 2010 book Outrageous Fortune: The Life & Times of the New American Play. There was a promise from LMDA leadership that the comprehensive powerpoint presentation used in this session will be available online soon. Once it’s out there, I’ll link it here.

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Blogging from the LMDA Conference

7 Jul

Over the next few days, Ilana & Corianna (PwritesCom staff) will be at the annual conference for Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas in Denver. Knowing the way these conferences usually go, there will probably be lots to talk about and take away.  In the interest of expanding that conversation, we’ll be blogging about some of the highlights here, and live-tweeting from the sessions.

On twitter, find us here:

@bostonturgy (Ilana’s feed)

@PwritesCom (Corianna will be covering this feed for the duration of the conference)

Playwright Night Out: Thurs, June 30

28 Jun

Playwrights’ Commons is thrilled to host a June meet-up for Boston & New England area playwrights.

Join us for a social gathering Thursday, June 30 at the Institute of Contemporary Art on the Boston Waterfront. Non-playwrights are, of course, welcome too.

This month, we’re focusing on how playwrights can take inspiration from other art forms to spark new ideas. We invite you to take advantage of the ICA’s free admission and spend some time in the galleries before we meet for drinks.

At last month’s Night Out, we created exquisite corpse plays. This month, we’ll pose a writing challenge based on the pieces on display at the ICA for those who are interested.

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The Plan:

5p-8p
The ICA is free on Thursday evenings after 5p, so spend some time roaming the exhibits, drinking up the inspiration.

8p-11p
Join us outside, on the harbor, at the ICA’s Water Cafe. We won’t have a reserved area at the cafe like we did last month at Stoddard’s, but we’ll try to be obvious so it’s easy to find us when you get there.

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The ICA is a short walk from the Silver Line Courthouse stop. There are also several large parking lots adjacent to the museum; parking usually costs about $12-15.

PLEASE RSVP — it’s helpful in our interactions with the Night Out venues if we have a good idea of the size of our group.