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BCWJ Profile of Catherine Rush

Please enjoy my latest Page & Stage column article for the BUCKS COUNTY WOMEN’S JOURNAL. It is  a profile of Philadelphia-based playwright Catherine Rush.

Profile of Catherine Rush

By Anne Hamilton, M.F.A.

In the nine years since moving to Philadelphia from Connecticut, Catherine Rush has built deep connections to the city’s vibrant theatrical scene.

Productions started with BACKYARD CONSPIRACY, a ten-minute play for Luna Theatre Company in the SPARK Festival. And BCKSEET Productions commissioned LOSING THE SHORE, a work of historical fiction set in 1953 featuring five characters travelling on a ship. “The play is about a time of transition in America,” she says. “What was happening then still rings true today. I was struck by the truth of the adage, ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’” BCKSEET produced the play in March/April of last year.

Rush, and her husband Adrian Blue, co-wrote THIS ISLAND ALONE a play set  in Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Historically, the town was home to a large deaf population. The residents routinely spoke and used sign language because one out of every four people was deaf. THE LOUDEST MAN ON EARTH, which was commissioned by Philadelphia Theatre Workshop, is about the relationship between a deaf man and a hearing woman.

“The play is indicative of the things that deaf and hearing couples have to deal with over and over,” Rush explains. The play was read at the New York Theatre Workshop, which then workshopped it at Dartmouth College. “It includes several different modes of communication – English, Sign Language, gesture, and Visual Vernacular, which is a style of theatrical communication that uses Sign Language, mime and cinematic techniques.”

Blue was an actor with the National Theatre for the Deaf for many years, and will perform one of the leading roles in a west coast production slated for the 2013/2014 season.

Catherine is finishing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Playwriting) from Spalding University, a low-residency program in Louisville, KY. She may be reached through www.catherinerush.com.

Anne Hamilton has more than 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 Three of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! has launched with an interview with Kate Valk, a leading actress with The Wooster Group. On May 19th, Anne directed a walking tour version of THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I, featuring members of The Living Theatre’s acting company, for sold out audiences in Central Park in New York City.

Download the article here: BCWJ Profile of Catherine Rush by Anne Hamilton

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