Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


ADAM & YOSHI in L.A.

Congratulations to my long-time client and collaborator Tom Cavanaugh, whose play ADAM & YOSHI has been selected to be read at Play Club West in Los Angeles. The reading will take place on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:00 pm at Rise Up TheatreSky Lounge (formerly known as NoHo Stages) 4930 Lankershim, North Hollywood. I worked as a dramaturg on the play in November, and am proud that it is receiving attention so quickly.

ADAM & YOSHI is a full-length drama which features a young lawyer who is studying for the bar exam and falling deeper in love with Yoshi, who dresses as a superhero. Adam bears with his unhappy home and career, but he learns from Yoshi how to envision a different reality for himself. Themes of masking, unmasking, complacency and bravery are interwoven as Adam’s all-American family adopts a change in values.

Mr. Cavanaugh is a playwright whose BEHOLD was given a developmental workshop at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He won the Irene Bashore Playwrighting Award from L.A.’s FirstStage for his one-act play WONDER. He holds an MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School. Congratulations, Tom.

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BLOOD-BOUND AND TONGUE-TIED

Please meet Jacqueline Lawton, my newest Theatre Artist I Love to Follow (TALF). I learned about her work and life from an interview by Jaz Dorsey and the African American Playwrights Exchange (AAPEX).

Strand Theater Company Offers World Premiere

of Jacqueline E. Lawton’s Blood-bound and Tongue-tied,

Haunting Blend of the Oedipus Myth and Racial Politics in Mid-Century Texas

March 23, 24, 28, 30, 31 and April 1, 5-7

Photo by Ken Stanek

Baltimore, MD—One of humanity’s most primal stories is re-imagined with compassion and poetry in the world premiere production of DC-based playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton’s Blood-bound and Tongue-tied, an ambitious offering seen in workshop form during the Strand Theater Company’s Friends & Neighbors Festival 2011. This fully realized production will be directed by Lindsay Gentry, stage managed by Christina Cordle, and feature Derek Cooper as Oedipus, Chris Knight as Laius, Morgan Mosley as Creon, Ann Turiano as Jenna, and Kelli Wright as Jocasta.

About the Play

“What you’re trying to hide won’t stay hid.”

Jocasta is a young black woman in Great Depression-era Texas, who decides to pass as white in the big city. When she marries Laius—the heir to an oil baron—and becomes pregnant with Oedipus, her racial identity cannot remain hidden…or can it? One desperate lie instigates a catastrophic wave of bloodshed, and disaster envelops a nation.

About the Playwright

Playwright, BLOOD-BOUND AND TONGUE-TIED

Photo by Vanessa Vaughn

Jacqueline E. Lawton received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. Her plays include Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful; The Devil’s Sweet Water; The Hampton Years; Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius; Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention; Love Brothers Serenade; and Mad Breed. She has participated in the Kennedy Center’s Playwrights’ Intensive (2002) and World Interplay (2003). Lawton has been nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize and a PONY Fellowship from the Lark Play Development Center and named one of 30 of the nation’s leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute. She is a three-time semi-finalist for the Playwright’s Center PlayLabs and a SheWrites Festival finalist. Currently, she resides in D.C. and is a Professor of Theater at the University of the District of Columbia.

You may read more about her at: http://www.doollee.com/PlaywrightsL/lawton-jacqueline-e.html



BCWJ Profile of Kathy Anderson, Playwright
March 17, 2012, 5:29 pm
Filed under: BCWJ Page & Stage, Women Theatre Artists | Tags: , ,

I recently had the pleasure of getting to know Kathy Anderson, who lives and writes in Philadelphia. Here is a preview of my next Bucks County Women’s Journal Page & Stage column.

Profile of Kathy Anderson, Playwright

By Anne M. Hamilton, M.F.A.

(Bucks County Women’s Journal – Page & Stage column, April/May 2012)

Kathy Anderson identifies herself primarily as a fiction writer, and she has now become a successful playwright as well. Her last two published short stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize and her work has appeared in national and international magazines, journals, and anthologies. She has lived in Philadelphia for three years, and calls the Philadelphia Theatre Workshop her artistic home.

Kathy’s play FRONT ROW SEAT was produced at the PTW in 2010. “FRONT ROW SEAT is a darkly comic road trip,” she explains. “A Texas family travels to get a front row seat at the JFK assassination. It’s a journey and an adventure. The audience gradually comes to understand where the family is headed. The play ends a year after the assassination and shows the impact it has had on their lives.”

How does it feel to branch out into playwriting? “It’s a very cool thing to write in one form and then discover another one,” she says. “Because plays are rehearsed and performed within a time frame, playwriting helps me to speed up the process of writing. Often you have to revise a scene in a very short time or even create a whole world in a very short time. It’s good to know I can work fast and can revise quickly.”

“When my first play, KISS OF DEATH, INC., was produced in New York, I got totally hooked. I could hear the audience react. It was hard after that to go back to my quiet room and write and just see my work in publications and anthologies.”

Kathy consciously made career choices so that she could spend quality time writing and developing as a writer. These included earning a master’s degree in library science and working as a librarian. “It is important to me to feel like I’m doing something for the greater good,” she says.

Currently, she works at Drexel University, helping screenwriters and playwrights while they attend a co-operative education program and receive credit for work in their industries. “It’s a wonderful job and it supports me as a writer,” she explains.

You may follow her career at www.kathyandersonwriter.com.

Download the article here: BCWJ Profile of Kathy Anderson, Playwright by Anne Hamilton

Anne Hamilton has over twenty years of experience in the professional theatre in NYC, across the nation, and internationally. She is available for script consultations and career advising through hamiltonlit@hotmail.com. Season Two of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! featured Jennifer Tipton, the award-winning lighting designer.