Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Testimonial from Kevin Lawler, GPTC

Anne has worked with GPTC playwrights for several years and has been lauded for her commitment, care and insight. She brings a great body of experience and a love of the theatre to every script that she works on.”

-Kevin Lawler, Artistic Director, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Omaha, Nebraska. USA.

GPTC 2015 IS SET FOR SATURDAY, MAY 23 – SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015!



HOMEBODIES in Queens, NY April 12th

The New American Voices Festival

@ Queens Theatre

Presents a reading of

Homebodies
Saturday, April 12 – 8pm, in the Studio Theatre
written by Maria Alexandria Beech
Directed by Michelle Bossy

Featuring Olivia Negron*, Claudia Acosta, Cathy Curtain*, Rock Kohli* and Chris Henry Coffee*

A freelance writer and her mother live a quiet and secluded life in New York, except when a frozen chicken and other objects crash on the floor. That’s when a mysterious couple who moved in below knocks on the door. A funny and tender play about life choices and cultural assumptions, with a fascinating group of characters including an ex-lover, an Indian salesman, and a newborn baby.

*member, AEA

To rsvp: http://queenstheatre.org/2013-14-NAV-free-play-reading-series

The Playwright:

Maria Alexandria Beech’s play Infinity Pond, commissioned by Primary Stages and Aspen Theater Masters, was selected for the new Palm Beach Theater Festival. Alex is commissioned to write a play for Teatro Luna in Chicago in 2014, the first play in its Five in Five Series by women playwrights. Her play, Breaking Walls, was produced at The Cherry Lane Theater. Her play, Little Monsters, was produced by Primary Stages and Brandeis Theater Company. Her translation of Eduardo Machado’s The Cook was produced by Stages Theater. Her musical CLASS, with composer Karl Michael Johnson, will be workshopped in Michigan in the summer. Since 2006, Alex has been a member of The Dorothy Strelsin  New American Writers Group at Primary Stages (where she wrote ClassCharity, BondsLittle Monsters, Homebodies, and currently, ISLANDS). She’s also an alum of the Hispanic Playwrights Lab at Intar (Gloria).

Alex earned a BA (cum laude) and Masters in Fine Arts in Playwriting from Columbia University, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Musical Theater Writing from New York University. Her awards include The Aspen Theatre Master’s Visionary Award (2009), and Outstanding New Script Award at the Planet Connections Theater Festivity for What Are You Doing Here(2011). Alex is a member of the Dramatists Guild in New York.

Director:
Michelle Bossy is a New York based director and producer dedicated to bringing new plays to the stage.  She is the Associate Artistic Director of Primary Stages, where she produces new American plays, and where she has also served as Assistant Director, Company Manager, and Artistic Associate. She produced the World Premiere of Dread Awakening and directed and produced the premieres of Un Plugged In (by Brian Pracht); South Beach Rapture (by David Caudle); and Sarajevo’s Child; Cumberland; Low Brow; and Missing Mike Vitelle. Recently, she directed the world premiere of Little Monsters by Maria Alexandria Beech at the Brandeis Theater Company, and High School Confidential for Primary Stages.  She directed developmental readings of Eat Your Heart Out by Courtney Baron (Perry Mansfield New Works Festival), Bicycle Girl by Rogelio Martinez (Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Gloria by Maria Alexandria Beech (EST), Mercy by Adam Szymkowicz, and May Day by Molly Smith Metzler, among many others.  Michelle is the Director of the Dorothy StrelsinNew American Writers Group, where she has worked with over twenty emerging writers. Michelle holds the first undergraduate directing degree from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Plum Theatre Company. She teaches acting and playwriting for the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) and directing for Syracuse University. Member: Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

 

 



DEELMAYKER – A staged reading near Dallas – tonight

Congratulations to Warren Bodow, whose play DEELMAYKER has won third place in the 3rd Annual McKinney Repertory Theatre’s New Play Competition. It will receive a reading tonight at 7:30pm in McKinney, Texas, just outside of Dallas. I have worked as Warren’s dramaturg to develop the comedy for the past two years. Previously, it received readings in New York City and Tucson, Arizona, before being chosen for this national award.

McKinney Repertory Theatre DEELMAYKER by Warren bodow

DEELMAYKER, the main character’s email address, features the loveable Bernie Harris, a successful 65-year-old media broker who wants to keep on truckin’ but is challenged by a client base that is shrinking and a business environment that is pushing him to the sidelines.  As he struggles to win the trust of a much younger client, and with problems in his marriage, Bernie strives to make the perfect deal, and learns if he has what it takes to face the new realities of a world growing young.

McKinney Repertory Theatre 
111 N. Tennessee Street
McKinney, TX

http://www.mckinneyrep.org/Home_Page.html

Warren G. Bodow is a “second-act” playwright, having turned to this craft following a thirty-year career in broadcasting. He has written six plays, all of which have been produced in festivals or as fully-staged box-office productions. His second play, RACE MUSIC, was performed on Theatre Row and received critical acclaim from The New York Times in 2009. A native of Syracuse, New York, he graduated from Syracuse University and served as chair of the Newhouse School Advisory Board. He lives with his wife, Ellen, in New York City and in Tucson, Arizona. His book THREE SHORT PLAYS ABOUT LOVE was published by Hamilton Dramaturgy Press in 2011.



BEHOLD by Tom Cavanaugh Returns to Los Angeles

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.

Tom Cavanaugh

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.



In Memory of Leslie Lee

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.

http://www.necinc.org/

Leslie Lee

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/theater/leslie-lee-playwright-of-black-life-dies-at-83.html?_r=0



TheatreNow! Expands in 2013

2013 was a year in which I worked on building TheatreNow!’s platform.

We have expanded internationally as well as in the U.S., and now have Representatives for many areas:

US Representative: Cate Cammarata
Asia Representative: Walter Byongsok Chon
UK Representative: Natalie Pandya
South America Representative: Thais Flaitt
Young Audience Development Representative: Danica Rodriguez

In April, Natalie, a recent Oxford University graduate (St. Catherine’s College), corresponded with leading UK universities and conservatories about the podcast, laying the groundwork for greater dissemination there. Natalie now works for the BBC.

During the summer, Danica, a rising senior at the prestigious Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School in Manhattan, created a proposal for introducing the podcast to young adults and theatre aficionados.

In December, I invited Thais Flaitt, a recent M.A. graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha, to serve as our South America representative. A native of Brazil, Thais is a skilled scholar, director, and translator.

Several hundred people have listened to the audio postings on the Soundcloud site. In addition, the TheatreNow! blog (http://theatrenow.wordpress.com) drew visitors from 57 countries, and the top podcasts viewed were with Paule Constable and Jennifer Tipton, lighting designers.

The TheatreNow! website (http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com) continues to attract many visitors. Helaine’s design and archiving expertise show off the podcasts well.

2014 will bring an expansion of the program, and a posting of new podcasts, including Maria Alexandria Beech, Murielle Borst Tarrant, and Judith Malina, to complete Season Three.

Thank you for all your support and I am looking forward to expanding the program in 2014.

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.



Anne Hamilton to Dramaturg at NYMF in 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival has accepted me as a staff dramaturg for 2014. I am terrifically excited and thankful for this opportunity. My special thanks go to Director of Programming Mary Kate Burke.

I was referred by my long-time client Andrew Barrett, whose musical JULIAN PO was presented in 2013.  It was given a full production, and won the NYMF awards for  Best Music (Ira Antelis) and Best Actress award (Luba Mason) .  Andrew’s lyrics won an Honorable Mention. I have just finished dramaturging a rewrite of the musical.

I am so impressed with how interconnected the musical theatre world is. This fall I have been dramaturging a terrific new musical called PUMPED, which presented a staged reading in NYC. Luba Mason appeared in PUMPED in the iconic  role of Margaux Bottier. PUMPED features the hot new composer/lyricist team of Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker, as well as librettists Marla Woodhill, J.D. Jacobson and Nicole Jacobson.

I love dramaturging musicals, and have worked on many of them over the years with Andrew Barrett, B.T. McNicholl,  The Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute/The Directors Company, George Marcy, Bob Goldstein, Pat Holley and I.B. Daniels, and Louis Steven Santora (Creator of GUILIN).

Not many people know this, but I primarily identified myself as a singer and a writer before turning to dramaturgy. I spent twenty years as a singer on major stages in New York City, performing classical music, show tunes, and some opera.

For my MFA thesis at Columbia School of the Arts, I served as Production Dramaturg at Classic Stage Company under director Michael Mayer on Marivaux’s THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE. It was the New York City premiere of James Magruder’s adaptation of the comedy. Later, Michael and James adapted the play into a musical and took it to Broadway, starring Betty Buckley, F. Murray Abraham and Susan Egan.

I am really looking forward to my work with NYMF.



A Rave Review for George Marcy’s Cabaret Show

Broadwayworld.com published a wonderful review by Stephen Hanks of George Marcy’s I WISH I WERE TWINS. Read the article here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/cabaret/article/At-86-Broadway-Veteran-GEORGE-MARCY-Sings-and-Taps-His-Way-Into-Hearts-At-Dont-Tell-Mama-20131002

George Marcy -  I WISH I WERE TWINS

At 86, Broadway Veteran GEORGE MARCY Sings and Taps His Way Into Hearts At Don’t Tell Mama

by Stephen Hanks, October 2, 2013

Cabaret Reviews and Commentary by Stephen Hanks

Now that the legendary Elaine Stritch and Julie Wilson have retired from performing, the only celebrity 80-plusers who are still regulars on the cabaret circuit are the equally legendary Barbara Cook and Marilyn Maye. But now there’s another octogenarian on the scene and while he may not be a legend, George Marcy is an 86-year-old former Broadway musical theater actor/dancer who recently staged a totally charming and entertaining show at Don’t Tell Mama.

Marcy was the understudy to Ken LeRoy in the role of “Bernardo”–opposite Chita Rivera’s “Anita”–in the original Broadway production of West Side Story in 1957 and subsequently played in more than 850 performances between Broadway and various out-of-town productions. Marcy also appeared in the original Broadway productions of Damn Yankees (1955), Carnival! (1961), Billy (1969), and played Conrad Birdie in out-of-town productions of Bye, Bye, Birdie (1967).

Marcy certainly didn’t seem 86, let alone over 40, during the second night of his recent show I Wish I Were Twins at Don’t Tell Mama (September 23 and 29). Wonderfully and sensitively directed by his close friend Carol Lawrence, West Side Story’s original “Maria,” Marcy bounded onto the stage wearing a black vest and red hat and opened with the up-tempo Lee Adams/Charles Strouse song “Stick Around,” from the 1964 musical Golden Boy and set the tone for the evening: “Stick around, things are gonna happen . . . Fireworks, stick around and see . . .” Fireworks? This veteran hoofer performed as if he was shot out of a cannon, producing the energy and spirit of a man, well, 60 years younger. “I’m 86 and I don’t need a walker,” Marcy proudly proclaimed and then proceeded to prove it by tapping his way through Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren’s “I Wanna Be a Dancin’ Man.”

There probably isn’t a more honest and heartfelt reading of Herbert Kretzmer’s lyric of the Charles Aznavour ballad “Yesterday When I Was Young” then when it comes from someone with almost a century of life experience and Marcy’s take on the song was the ideal mix of emotion laced with tenderness. He then donned a black sequin jacket and black top hat and returned to Fred Astaire mode, showing off his still finely tuned rhythmic sense on Irving Berlin’s “Putting On The Ritz,” with a little bit of Cole Porter’s “Too Darn Hot” tacked on for good measure. Another hat change came–purple this time–for Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man,” with Marcy’s Musical Director/Pianist Christine Sutin (who did a fine job throughout, as did Boots Maleson on bass and Aaron Russell on drums) leading him on a lounge lizardy arrangement that Marcy pulled off with a solid rendition of Cohen’s seductive lyrics.

It would be a total upset if someone of Marcy’s background didn’t nail Stephen Sondheim’s “Broadway Baby” and the old trooper came through, knocking it out of the park with energy to spare. Marcy and Lawrence made a savvy choice having the performer speak-sing the lyric to “I Understand,” turning it into a number of wistfulness and longing. But that was nothing compared to the emotional reaction Marcy engendered as he dramatically alternated from singing to talking on Charles Aznavour’s transgender soliloquy “What Makes a Man a Man.”

Marcy showed off remarkable endurance and resilience for a man his age with a finale on the up-tempo “Happy Ending,” the Danny Kaye number from the 1951 film On The Riviera. “Performing is what I have to do to feel alive,” Marcy told a supportive audience, before offering a heartfelt version of Peter Allen’s “Once Before I Go.” And what could be more self-revealing than an 86-year-old Broadway musical theater warhorse still spry enough to tap dance around a stage singing this lyric: Once before I go, I want you to know . . . That I would do it all again . . . I’m sure I’d make the same mistakes . . . But I could make it through, the pains and joys and aches . . . I knew back then, I’d do it all . . . I’d do it all again

Something tells me that before he goes, George Marcy will be doing it all again, not once but many times. Keep on tappin’, George.

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PUMPED – A new musical in NYC

PUMPED will hold two invitation-only readings directed by Evan Pappas this week in New York City. I’ve been working as a dramaturg for the creative team for a couple of months, and have enjoyed every minute of it. Congratulations!

Read about it here on playbill.com:

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/182223-Autumn-Hurlbert-Luba-Mason-AJ-Shively-and-Lenny-Wolpe-Set-for-Reading-of-New-Musical-Pumped



George Marcy and Carol Lawrence Team Up at Don’t Tell Mama

George Marcy

Congratulations to George Marcy, who will star in his new cabaret I WISH I WERE TWINS at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC on September 23rd and 29th.  Carol Lawrence, his good friend and co-star in Broadway’s original WEST SIDE STORY will direct.

This is the third autobiographical cabaret that I have worked on with George. I gave him some script development advice on the show. It is always a pleasure, and this is a show not to be missed. See you there!

http://www.broadwayworld.com/cabaret/article/Broadways-George-Marcy-and-Carol-Lawrence-Team-Up-for-New-Cabaret-Show-at-Dont-Tell-Mama-923-29-20130916