Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Listen to Anne on NPR on July 24th and Purchase online at LATW.org

7/24/2010: Going to St. Ives by Lee Blessing. Starring L. Scott Caldwell and Caroline Goodall

L.A. Theatre Works is now rebroadcasting  GOING TO ST. IVES in its Radio Theatre Series. Anne is featured a guest commentator on the topic of Mothers and Sons in GOING TO ST. IVES PART II (after the end of the play), and the GOING TO ST. IVES WEB BONUS, available at http://www.bigcontact.com/latw . Anne comments on  ST. IVES, THE  GLASS MENAGERIE, and ALL MY SONS. The segment is now playing online. It played on 19 NPR station affiliates listed below on July 24th.  Click here to be directed to the L.A. Theatre Works website. Enjoy!

Station Affiliates

KCPB 90.9 FM, Warrenton, OR
KKFI 90.1 FM, Kansas City, MO
KMUN 91.9 FM, Astoria, OR
KNPR 88.9 HD-3, Las Vegas, NV
KPBX 91.1 FM, Spokane, WA
KPCC 89.3 FM, Los Angeles, CA
KPFA 94.1 FM, Berkeley, CA
KRCB 91.1 FM, North Bay (SF)
KUNM 89.9 FM, Albuquerque, NM
KUOW 94.9 FM, Seattle, WA
KUT2 HD, Austin, TX
KVNO 90.7 FM, Omaha, NE
WABE 90.1 FM, Atlanta, GA
WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago, IL
WCPN 90.3 FM, Cleveland, OH
WGBH 89.7 FM, Boston, MA
WICA 91.5 FM, Traverse City, MI
WMNF HD3, Tampa, FL
WRVO 89.9 FM, Oswego, NY

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Read Anne’s Lead Article July 24th on Healing Through the Arts on the Open to Hope Website

Anne’s lead article “Writing Poetry Helps Decades After Friend’s Death” will appear on the Open to Hope website on July 24th, and will remain on the site. Search for her articles under her name.

The Open to Hope Foundation (www.opentohope.com) helps provide guidance and hope to those who have suffered losses, particularly the death of loved ones. Anne has a column on Healing Through the Arts and she has created a series of articles based on her own experience of processing grief through artistic expression. Part II describes her inspiration for her poem “Summer Storm”. Check back for Parts III and IV, which will be published soon.



TheatreNow! Season One Complete

Season One of my audio podcast series TheatreNow!, an oral history of leading American female theatre artists is complete. You can find it at https://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com . The inaugural segment features playwright and librettist Quiara Allegria Hudes, who wrote ELIOTT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE, and the libretto for IN THE HEIGHTS (2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, and 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominee). Please listen to additional guests already online including: Ruth Margraff, Claire Lautier, Valentina Fratti, and Catherine Filloux, Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow.

Yvette Heyliger speaks about her play WWJD?, which has been nominated for nine Audelco Awards. (www.twinbiz.com)

Read more interviews and features about Catherine Filloux’s writing at: http://www.catherinefilloux.com/links.html



BEHOLD GIVEN STAGED READING AT UTAH SHAKESPEAREAN FESTIVAL

Tom Cavanaugh, a long-time client, was given a staged reading of his play BEHOLD at the Utah Shakespearean Festival this summer. The drama, about a family’s disintegration after its son/brother was killed in a Columbine-type school shooting. Its plot hinges upon the very topical subject of peer bullying and violence. The play was very well received. Please contact me at hamiltonlit@hotmail.com for a press packet and copy of the script.



Recent Successes: Playwrighting Awards, Anne on The Air, Dramaturgy, and LPTW

Playwrighting

  • Two of my plays and a poem have been selected for the juried exhibition TRANSITIONS at Pen and Brush, Inc. in NYC. ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT (play), THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I (play) and GONDOLIER (poem) are appearing in the virtual exhibit at www.penandbrush.org through September 3rd. I read excerpts from both plays at the exhibition’s opening on June 3rd. THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I is an expansion of AND THEN I WENT INSIDE, premiered by Kathleen Chalfant at the Cherry Lane Theatre last November. Thank you, Pen and Brush. I am truly honored.
  • As a playwright member of NO PASSPORT, an unincorporated theatre alliance and press, I have read from my work in our monthly HIBERNATING RATTLESNAKES event. Plays include: ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT, THE STACY PLAY, as well as TYRONE’S SLIDE RIDE, a short, humorous/dangerous tale of gentrification in Brooklyn. Please join us at future HR events at the Nuyorican Poets Café, 236. E. 3rd Street (Avenues B/C) in NYC ( http://www.nuyorican.org).Suggested admission is $5.

Anne On the Air

  • My blog https://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com features TheatreNow! podcasts as well as my columns on Healing through the Arts for opentohope.com and interviews given to various stations.
  • On June 24th, I served as a guest commentator for the upcoming L.A. Theatreworks audio presentation of Lee Blessing’s GOING TO ST. IVES. The topic was Mothers and Sons in Blessing’s play, OEDIPUS REX, THE GLASS MENAGERIE and ALL MY SONS. The segment will be aired on NPR as a companion piece to the rebroadcast of the play, set for July 24th. Check my blog and website for the exact times and member station call numbers.

L.A. Theatreworks has a large catalog of audio recordings of important plays performed by leading actors. Its website is a terrific resource at www.latw.org.

  • I launched the audio podcast series TheatreNow!, an oral history of leading American female theatre artists, at https://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com . The inaugural segment features playwright and librettist Quiara Allegria Hudes, who wrote ELIOTT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE, and the libretto for IN THE HEIGHTS (2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, and 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominee). Please listen to additional guests already online including: Ruth Margraff, Claire Lautier, Valentina Fratti, and Catherine Filloux, Yvette Heyliger, and Yvonne Farrow.  Upcoming guests include:  Lynn Nottage, Anne Kauffman, Kamilah Forbes,  and Maria Alexandria Beech.

Dramaturgy

  • I served as a script development consultant to Tina Andrews for her groundbreaking period drama CHARLOTTE SOPHIA, about the wife of King George III. Please see the Testimonials section for Tina’s comments on this wonderful collaboration.
  • I am currently approaching theatres hoping to gain a production for Warren Bodow’s drama FRONTING THE ORDER, which I also dramaturged. The five character ensemble piece explores the ethics and practicality of using deception to gain a short term profit, and we see a premonition of the conflicts of our 21st century information age. Please send all inquiries to me at: hamiltonlit@hotmail.com . Warren is the retired President of radio stations WQXR and WQEW and received great reviews from The New York Times for RACE MUSIC last year on Theatre Row. The Cherry Lane Theatre will  present a staged reading of his new play later this summer.
  • Broadway legend George Marcy performed his musical play THE BALLAD OF GEORGIE PORGIE (co-written with Bob Goldstone, who also serves as Musical Director) on June 9th at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC. Carol Lawrence and Chita Rivera were in attendance. George will perform the show again at DTM at 8pm on September 9th. Here are his comments: “Anne Hamilton, with her insight, creativity and knowledge, is responsible for guiding THE BALLAD OF GEORGIE PORGIE to where it is today.” Tickets are $20 through www.donttellmamanyc.com This show is terrific! Don’t miss it!

LPTW Activities

  • After a whirlwind year of serving as Co-Secretary of the League of Professional Theatre Women, I have resigned in order to focus on hosting and producing a new League oral history podcast series. I will interview League members in the audio series LPTW Voices: Women Have Their Say. Many thanks to the League for this opportunity, and also to all the Officers and Board members who serve our constituency so faithfully. I treasure my League membership.
  • I still serve on the LPTW’s Mentoring Committee under Chairwoman Margery Klain. The committee is dedicated to providing mentoring opportunities to female theatre artists who are members of the League. Please see www.theatrewomen.org for an application.


WORKS BY WOMEN – A NYC Advocacy Group

WORKS BY WOMEN – A New Theatre-Going Advocacy Group in New York City

By Ludovica Villar-Hauser

© 2010

This article was originally published in Hamilton Dramaturgy’s ScriptForward! (Volume 6, No. 22) in June 2010

About two years ago I became a very active member of the League of Professional Theatre Women.  I became Chair of the International Committee and recently was elected the Vice President of Programming.

In August 2009, I attended the first meeting of 50/50 in 2020, hosted at the Julia Miles Theatre, home of The Women’s Project.  50/50 in 2020 was founded by: Melody Brooks, Artistic Director of New Perspectives Theatre Company; Julie Crosby, Producing Artistic Director of The Women’s Project; and Susan Jonas (Co-author with Suzanne Bennett of “The 2002 New York State Council on the Arts Report on the Status of Women in Theatre”), who is on the faculty at Ithaca College.

50/50 in 2020’s mission is: To work proactively for parity for professional women theater artists.

You can check out and join the Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/5050in2020?ref=ts and visit our new blog at http://worksbywomen.wordpress.com/

I was very impressed with Julie Crosby’s very clear call to action, to “put your money where your mouth is” (i.e. support women’s work).  It’s simple.

I decided to make my contribution to the 50/50 in 2020 campaign by creating a theatre-going group, first on Facebook and then on MeetUp.com, to see the work of women theatre artists. Our mission is to see as many productions written, directed and/or designed by women theatre artists as possible. To date we have 268 Theater Goers which we hope to grow to 1,000 members by this time next year.  The group has seen 35 shows – with May being our best month yet – we saw seven shows!  At least 50% of our productions are by League of Professional Theatre Women members (sometimes more).  That is, however, not a criteria – simply a happy accident!

We ask producers, artistic directors, theatre owners, etc. to fill out a form (provided by us) with their production’s details, from which we create the posting for the “MeetUp”. We ask for a minimum of four weeks’ notice so that we can schedule efficiently. To date the group has been run by myself, producer/publicist Lanie Zipoy and actress Helen Stern.  The productions which fit the criteria best are selected. They must be written, directed and/or designed by one or preferably more than one female theatre artist! You’d be surprised by how few Broadway shows, for example, hire women in these three categories.

We have been featured on Martin Denton’s site: nytheatre.com (http://www.nytheatre.com/nytheatre/poy_current.php) and In The Know (http://web.mac.com/melmaxnyc/melissamaxwell.com/In_The_Know/Entries/2010/4/25_Theatre_by_Women.html)

It is important to note that Martin Denton has dedicated an entire section on his site to works written by women and has pledged to review of them as many of them as humanly possible this year.  Check out the site and you’ll see how well nytheatre.com is doing!

Something to think about:

According to Ellen Donkin’s book GETTING INTO THE ACT, in one season in the late 17th century, a full third of plays in London were by women or based on works by them. In London’s 1788-89 and 89-90 seasons, fewer than 10% were by women. In 1989 and 1990 slightly fewer than and slightly more than 10% in London were by women, while in the US, slightly fewer than 10% appeared in regional theatres and fewer than 5% appeared on Broadway. “After the initial decline in the early eighteenth century,” Donkin writes, “the numbers have leveled out at seven to ten percent for the past two hundred years, as if an unofficial quota had been imposed.”

Once we become a theatre-going group attending ten or more productions a month – serving 1,000 plus members (or more) – I feel it will be time to go to Phase Two of the initiative. This will be to encourage women across the country to start their own Works by Women theatre-going groups.  Phase Three is to encourage the group to exist internationally outside the USA.

Check out and join Works by Women on MeetUp.com: http://www.meetup.com/WorksbyWomen/

SEE YOU AT THE THEATRE!

 

Ludovica Villar-Hauser is a director/dramaturg who has lived and worked in NYC for the past 25 years. She is originally from London and in a past life owned and operated the Greenwich Street Theatre, where she produced as well as directed. She very much enjoys focusing on the creative aspects of theatre and loves directing more than almost anything.

 

 

Want to See Work by Women?

Join Works by Women: http://www.meetup.com/WorksbyWomen/

Advocate through 50/50 in 2020: http://www.facebook.com/5050in2020?ref=ts

Follow Plays by Women at: http://nytheatre.com/nytheatre/bywomen.php