Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Little By Little, The Path is Created

I am writing to announce that this will be my last Bucks County Womens Journal Page & Stage column. For several years, I have shared the space with my talented colleague, Linda Wisniewski, whose memoirs, essays, and short stories I greatly admire.

In this column, I have written about the process of playwriting, about festivals, about area playwrights, and simply, about imagination.

Now I will be leaving Bucks County, my home of 13 years, and relocating to central New York. I will miss writing my 400-word assignment here every other month, but will continue to publish and commission articles as the Dramaturgy editor of The Theatre Times, an online global theatre journal (www.thetheatretimes.com). For that journal, I am in the midst of a two-part article on the process of dramaturgy in the New York Musical Festival, which takes place in NYC every summer. I am also writing about virtual reality on stage, and archiving women’s work at the New York Public Library’s Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center.

Since I pitched the idea of writing a column about plays and playwrights to BCWJ’s Editor Robin Coppinger, I have had the pleasure of advancing in my own theatre career. My drama WHO’S ANDY WARHOL? won a production in London in the Sky Blue Theatre’s Cambridge Theatre Challenge, my short pieces OFEM and THE SHOEBOX were read across the country and produced in Arizona as winners of the Little Black Dress INK Female Playwrights ONSTAGE project, and I have served as a nominator for two years for The Kilroys List, which vets and promotes plays by female and trans playwrights, and playwrights who identify as female.

I have found that submitting my own plays for festivals and productions, as well supporting companies by reading entries for other fellowship and festival opportunities, helps me to remain connected to the developments and trends in the field.

And yet – I get the most enjoyment out of writing my own pieces, and maturing as a playwright and poet. Right now, I am developing I WANT TO RUN AWAY WITH YOU and RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK with NYC-based actor and director Ellen Barber.

As you can see, little by little, the path is created. Keep writing and maturing. Good luck!

Anne Hamilton has 26 years of experience as a dramaturg. She is available for script consultations and career advising through hamiltonlit@hotmail.com.



I WANT TO RUN AWAY WITH YOU Staged Reading

I am thrilled to announce the staged reading of my one-act play I WANT TO RUN AWAY WITH YOU. It is a part of the Dramatists Guild of America Friday Night Footlights series and will be held on Friday, December 16th from 6-7:30 pm in the Mary Rodgers Room at the Dramatists Guild of America, 1501 Broadway (between 43/44th Sts.), Ste. 701, New York, NY 10036. The staged reading is free. Seats are very limited. Please email me at hamiltonlit@hotmail.com to RSVP.

DECEMBER 16, 2016

“I WANT TO RUN AWAY WITH YOU”

BY

 ANNE HAMILTON

Anne Hamilton’s, “I Want To Run Away With You,”

is an absurdist Fable for our time.

In an East Coast psychiatrist’s office, secrets are revealed,

hearts’ desires are divulged and fulfillment

is offered by the most unexpected players.

“I WANT TO RUN AWAY WITH YOU”

DIRECTED BY
ELLEN BARBER

THE CAST IN SPEAKING ORDER

STAGE DIRECTIONS AND THE FATHER…………….MATTHEW SCHOLES

THE DOCTOR……………………………………………..DAVID KUBICKA*

CLAIRE……………………………………………………..ELLEN BARBER*

NORM………………………………………………………NICHOLAS SATTINGER*

*These Actors are appearing, courtesy of Actors‘ Equity Association.

PRINCIPAL STAGED READING DRAMATURGY BY ELLEN BARBER

ORIGINAL PROCESS DRAMATURGY BY WALTER BYONGSOK CHON

TIME ALLOWING, CONVERSATION IS INVITED WITH THE AUTHOR AFTER THE READING.



BCWJ Profile of Genne Murphy

Here is my latest Bucks County Womens Journal article. Download it Anne Hamilton’s BCWJ Profile of Genne Murphy.

Profile of Genne Murphy

By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

Genne Murphy is a rising star in the theatre world. Her plays have been developed or produced in Nebraska, Colorado, New York and Connecticut as well as locally. The Azuka Theatre produced HOPE STREET AND OTHER LONELY PLACES.

Recently, she was honored with the Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writer’s Award for her play GIANTESS at the Lilly Awards, hosted at the Signature Theater in New York City. The Lilly Awards celebrate significant contributions by women to the American theatre, including 2016 honorees Danai Gurira, Jesse Mueller and Martha Plimpton.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Murphy has been deeply involved as a writer and arts educator since graduating from Central High. Her many local awards and affiliations include the Philadelphia Young Playwrights, PlayPenn, and the Leeway Foundation Transformation Award/Art and Change Grant.

Originally, she says, the idea for GIANTESS came in a dream: “I was trying to pour water into a tiny glass and it was really annoying. Then all of a sudden I realized, ‘OMG I’m a giant!’ I panicked, woke up. [The dream] really stuck with me–that idea of being so discombobulated and feeling extremely uncomfortable in your body. I thought there were a lot of interesting metaphors to explore.”

Described by the Leah Ryan FEWW program as having, “truly singular and theatrical voice,” Murphy will workshop her play with a few closed-door readings at Primary Stages in New York City and New York Stage and Film before the Fund presents a full public reading in the fall.

“GIANTESS starts with a young woman who is taking care of her ailing, disabled grandmother,” says Murphy. “Early on in the play she discovers a girl her own age in the abandoned factory behind her grandmother’s house – a 30-foot tall giantess. They develop a deepening connection to one another in this very fraught and heightened situation.”

Reflecting on her time with Philadelphia Young Playwrights, she states, “My experience, [as] a student, educator, and staff member enabled the idea of revision – the actual work of revision – to be a less scary prospect.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is currently an M.F.A. candidate in playwriting at the Yale School of Drama.

Anne Hamilton has 25 years of experience as a dramaturg. She is available for script consultations and career advising through hamiltonlit@hotmail.com.

 



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!



WHO’S ANDY WARHOL? on youtube

WATCH HERE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVUzz0EJq5E

It’s up!  A video of the production of my short play WHO’S ANDY WARHOL?, which was performed at the Lost Theatre in Wandsworth, London on October 24th. This is one of the 10 winning plays from the British Theatre Challenge. the International New Writing Competition by the Sky Blue Theatre Company of Cambridge, England.

WHO’S ANDY WARHOL? portrays a medical crisis which redefines the relationship between two lovers when one contracts transient global amnesia.

I am very happy with the production, especially the actors Chris Towner-Jones as Matt, and Lizzie Stanton as Sarah. What a joy it is to watch my words come to life! I hope that you enjoy this piece produced by Mini Mammoth Films. This is the first of the winning plays to be posted on youtube.

Special thanks to Anne Bartram of Sky Blue, and Rah Petherbridge, the UK-based photographer who took these wonderful stills below.

If you would like to read the play, please contact me at hamiltonlit@hotmail.com. Thank you for watching!

 

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Today at 1pm – DON’T FEED THE INDIANS by Murielle Borst Tarrant

La MaMa Presents Urban Indigenous Arts & Culture Symposium

“Don’t Feed the Indians” –

A Divine Comedy Pageant

Friday November 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

To see this performance Live on your computer

CLICK HERE: www.culturehub.org/live

Please stay tuned afterward with a discussion with the cast

Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery. A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante’s Inferno. A comedic look at the negative marginalization of Indigenous Peoples and the appropriation of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.

Directed and written by:

Murielle Borst-Tarrant (Kuna/Rappahannock), Director “Safe Harbors”

Indigenous Arts/Theater Collective at La MaMa Theatre.

Cast:

Danielle Soames
(Mohawk Kahnawake)

Nic Billey
(Choctaw, Creek, Delaware)

Elizabeth Rolston
(Cherokee, Chippewa)

Murielle Borst-Tarrant
(Kuna Rappahanock)

Henu Josephine Tarrant
(Kuna, Rappahanock, Hopi, Hochunk)

Kevin Tarrant
(Hopi, Hochunk)

Crew:

Choreographer – Nic Billey

Musical Design- Branden Tubby (Choctaw )

Scribe and Production Consultant- Timothy Dorsey

Musical Director- Kevin Tarrant

Costume/set design- Maggie Rice (Pawnee)

Piano and Historical Musical Design- Elizabeth Thunder Bird Haile (Shinnecock) and The Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum

Production Apprentice- Kimberly Terrance (Mohawk Akwesasne)

Additional Writings:

Danielle Soames

Nic Billey

Henu Josephine Tarrant

Elizabeth Rolston

Tonya Gonnella Frichner based on her preliminary report on the Doctrine of Discovery

La MaMa Theatre in collaboration with the Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival, Native Earth Performing Arts and First Peoples Fund and the Ford Foundation through a grant from the FPF Our Nations Spaces Program.



#DramatizeThis! Writing Prompt

So, I’m visiting the local grocery store, and I’m stopped in my tracks by this image: two six-foot-long tables heaped with Halloween candy, placed directly in front of the Diabetes Center. I invite you to #DramatizeThis!

Local Supermarket October 2014