Filed under: Dramaturgy, HD Clients, Playwrighting Awards, Script Development, Theatre | Tags: Anne Hamilton, BEHOLD, Dramaturg, Dramaturgy, Hamilton Dramaturgy, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Theatre, New Roles for Women, New Works, Playwright, Tom Cavanaugh, www.hamiltonlit.com
I hope that you will all join me in Los Angeles on Monday night, March 10th for a reading of BEHOLD, which I have helped Tom Cavanaugh develop over the years. It is a daring and timely play which I am very proud of.
The award-winning stage play returns to Los Angeles with a special workshop production by The Blank Theatre Company, as part of its Living Room Series.
The Blank Theatre of Hollywood as part of their Living Room Series presents a workshop production of BEHOLD a new play by Tom Cavanaugh, on Monday March 10th, at 8pm, at Second Stage Theatre. Cast for this workshop production includes David Marciano (Virgil of HOMELAND), Kerris Dorsey (Bridget of RAY DONOVAN), Blaire Chandler, David Hemphill and John Ross Clark, Directed by Christopher J. Raymond and Written by Tom Cavanaugh.
BEHOLD is about a suburban family which loses a son to a Columbine-type shooting at the local high school and how the family changes while dealing with the tragic loss. While the mother descends into depression, and the daughter into violence, the father rips down a cross representing the shooter from a hillside memorial. The central, timely question here is, “Was the shooter a victim of violence, too?”
Rather than playing a blame game, or making a political statement, BEHOLD shows the severe reactions to the loss of a son and a brother from within the family home. Only Bobby, the surviving brother, receives what he feels is a message from above, bringing compassion for the whole series of events. An extended fugue of internal monologues surrounding the father’s iconic destruction of the shooter’s cross memorial opens the second act. “Not only does the play pack a sucker punch along the lines of The Normal Heart and Death of a Salesman,” says artistic director, AJ Ciccotelli of the La Strada Theatre in New Jersey, “The play reveals the destructive force of violence in the home when the unthinkable becomes a reality.”
BEHOLD was one of three plays awarded the 2011 Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting and received a workshop production at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
A twenty-two year veteran 911 operator & police dispatcher, Cavanaugh used his own experience with the murder of his grandfather, who was beaten to death in his home by three teenage boys, and manifested his responses and sentiments during that experience into the lives of the characters.
Cavanaugh, who is a graduate of the MFA program in playwriting at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York City, used his powers of healing insight when he bought a hundred cups of coffee for the people of Newtown, CT in the wake of the Sandy Hook School Shooting. “I wanted to restore some normality in the lives of the people of Newtown,” when asked by a national reporter on his motives. Tom went on to explain, “After the last camera crew leaves, the real grief begins. Hopefully this act is only the beginning to help the people of that town.”
Cavanaugh’s act of kindness caused a media sensation that brought direct donations to the people of Newtown, CT from as far as South Africa and Great Britain. Inspired by Cavanaugh’s actions, people picked up their phones and purchased goods and services from Newtown stores that were given for free with the purpose of directly helping the people of Newtown CT.
The staged reading of BEHOLD will be presented on Monday, March 10th, at 8:00pm, as part of The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series at:
2nd Stage Theatre
6500 Santa Monica Blvd. (at Wilcox)
Hollywood CA 90038
For reservations please e-mail info(at)theblank(dot)com
Suggested Donations Start at $10.
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Once again, I will attend the GPTC in Omaha, Nebraska as a Guest Artist, to give my dramaturgical feedback to the selected playwrights and their new works below. I will appear on panels with Kia Corthron, who is the 2014 Honored Playwright. My fellow dramaturg respondents are Walter Byongsok Chon and Heather Helinsky. The conference will take place from May 24th to May 31st.
- Matthew Bennett, The Cause — Salt Lake City, UT
- Cody Daigle, In the Bones — Scott, LA
- David Hilder, Drown — New York, NY
- John Morogiello, Civilizing Lusby — Montgomery Village, MD
- Josh Wilder, Leftovers — Minneapolis, MN
- Tiffany Antone, Twigs and Bone — Waco, TX
- Claudia Barnett, Witches Vanish — Lascassas, TN
- Anne Bertram, The Good Fight — Minneapolis, MN
- James Christy, Egyptian Song — Princeton, NJ
- Murphi Cook, Birds of America — Pittsburgh, PA
- Nancy Cooper Frank, Daniil Kharms: A Life in One Act and Several Dozen Eggs — San Francisco, CA
- Jennifer Faletto, Bathroom Hate — Boulder, CO
- Lindsey Ferrentino, Ugly Lies the Bone — Merritt Island, FL
- Daniel Giles, Sea Change — Pittsburgh, PA
- Jessica Lewis, Knock Off — Brooklyn, NY
- Bonnie Metzgar, You Lost Me — Chicago, IL
- Tira Palmquist, Two Degrees — Irvine, CA
- Robert Plowman, The Route 19 Roadside Choir Of Dead Babies Invites You To Visit “The Fountain of Youth” Museum & Gift Shop — Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Dean Poynor, Together We are Making A Poem In Honor Of Life — New York, NY
- Cecelia Raker, Skinwalking — Brighton, MA
- Amy Schleunes, IHOP Is No Rent-A-Center — Granada, Nicaragua
- Jordan Seavey, The Third Thing — Brooklyn, NY
- Celine Song, The Feast — Brooklyn, NY
- Eva Suter, We Only Go Home in Retrograde — Austin, TX
- Michael Tooher, The Perfect Sameness of Our Days — Portland, ME
- Evan Twohy, Permission — Brooklyn, NY
- Jennie Webb, Crazy Bitch — Los Angeles, CA
- Nia Witherspoon, The Messiah Complex — Tallahassee, FL
- Michael Yichao, Goose — Burbank, CA
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I’m very excited that my article, “Freelance Dramaturgs in the 21st Century: Journalists, Advocates and Curators” will appear in this new textbook, edited by Magda Romanska.
It’s available for pre-order now.
Dramaturgy, in its many forms, is a fundamental and indispensable element of contemporary theatre. In its earliest definition, the word itself means a comprehensive theory of “play making.” Although it initially grew out of theatre, contemporary dramaturgy has made enormous advances in recent years, and it now permeates all kinds of narrative forms and structures: from opera to performance art; from dance and multi-media to filmmaking and robotics.
In our global, mediated context of multi-national group collaborations that dissolve traditional divisions of roles as well as unbend previously intransigent rules of time and space, the dramaturg is also the ultimate globalist: inter-cultural mediator, information and research manager, media content analyst, inter-disciplinary negotiator, social media strategist.
This collection focuses on contemporary dramaturgical practice, bringing together contributions not only from academics but also from prominent working dramaturgs. The inclusion of both means a strong level of engagement with current issues in dramaturgy, from the impact of social media to the ongoing centrality of interdisciplinary and intermedial processes.
The contributions survey the field through eight main lenses:
- world dramaturgy and global perspective
- dramaturgy as function, verb and skill
- dramaturgical leadership and season planning
- production dramaturgy in translation
- adaptation and new play development
- interdisciplinary dramaturgy
- play analysis in postdramatic and new media dramaturgy
- social media and audience outreach.
Magda Romanska is Visiting Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, Associate Professor of Theatre and Dramaturgy at Emerson College, and Dramaturg for Boston Lyric Opera. Her books include The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor(2012), Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology (2012), and Comedy: An Anthology of Theory and Criticism (2014).
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I lost a great friend when Leslie Lee passed away on Monday. We worked together for many years. I am too sad for words. Blessed be, Leslie.
Filed under: Adaptations, Career Advising, Dramaturgy, New Musicals, NYC Theatre, Script Development, Theatre, Translations, Women Theatre Artists, Works by Women | Tags: Anne Hamilton, Boston, Dramaturg, Dramaturgical Tools, Dramaturgy, Elinor Fuchs, Hamilton Dramaturgy, Magda Romanska, Opera, Yale School of Drama
Here is a terrific new article published on the Boston Lyric Opera’s blog IN THE WINGS.
In a recent Boston Globe article, Boston Lyric Opera’s Dramaturg, Dr. Magda Romanska, was quoted saying that “the rigid division of roles (director/dramaturg/playwright)” or in the case of an opera, the stage director, dramaturg, and librettist “becomes more and more blurred as people move across boundaries” and begin to work together. When we posted the article on the BLO Facebook page, a longtime fan of the company asked, “Can someone please give me a definition of a dramaturg and what he/she does?” We thought this was a fine opportunity to formally introduce you to Magda and explain what it is exactly that she does.
Excerpt: “In our global, mediated context of multi-national group collaborations that unbend traditional divisions of roles as well as previously intransigent rules of time and space, the dramaturg is also the ultimate globalist: inter-cultural mediator, information and research manager, media content analyst, inter-disciplinary negotiator, and social media strategist.”
Filed under: Dramaturgy, New Musicals, NYC Theatre, Playwrighting Awards, Script Development, Theatre, Works by Women | Tags: African-American Theatre, American History, American Theatre, Columbia University, composer, Dominque Morisseau, Dramaturgy, Edward M. Kennedy Prize, Jeanine Tesori, Lisa Kron, Marcus Gardley, New Musicals, New Works, NYC Theatre, Playwright, Prize, Women Theatre Artists, Works by Women
Congratulations to Columbia University, my alma mater, which has created a new major drama prize.
NEW YORK, January 9, 2014 – Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, on behalf of the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, has announced the five finalist plays and musical for the 2014 award:
Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morisseau, produced by the Public Theater in New York, NY.
Fun Home, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, produced by the Public Theater in New York, NY.
Party People by Universes, produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.
the road weeps, the well runs dry by Marcus Gardley, produced by the Los Angeles Theatre Center in Los Angeles, CA.
The Edward M. Kennedy Prize is given annually to a new play or musical of merit that, in the words of the prize’s mission statement, “…enlists theater’s power to explore the past of the United States, to participate meaningfully in the great issues of our day through the public conversation, grounded in historical understanding, that is essential to the functioning of a democracy.”
The Prize Board of Governors includes Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of American History and Provost Emeritus, Columbia University; Mary Schmidt Campbell, Dean, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; Andrew Delbanco, Mendelson Family Professor of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University; Mandy Hackett, Associate Director, The Public Theater, New York, NY; Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright; James G. Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Columbia University; Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient; Amanda Smith, author.
Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith created the prize to honor the life and legacy of her late brother, Senator Ted Kennedy. Finalists were selected through nominations from a group of 20 theater professionals around the country. The jury will meet at Columbia in early February 2014. The Prize will be announced on February 22, 2014, the anniversary of Senator Kennedy’s birth. The winning play will receive an award of $100,000, and will be honored in a ceremony at Columbia later this spring.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. CUL/IS employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.