Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


New York Times Review of LIKE POETRY

Anita Gates wrote a wonderful review of LIKE POETRY in The New York Times on August 15th. Read the review here: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/15/new-york-fringe-festival-report-like-poetry/?_r=1

Congratulations, playwright Kristian O’Hare, and the whole production team. I dramaturged the play in its pre-production stage in May, 2013.

Excerpt: “This highly promising production, which concluded its run on Wednesday night, is beautifully structured, with an impressive blend of poignancy and humor, nicely distinct performances, and respectfully playful direction by Audrey Alford.”



LIKE POETRY in the NYC Fringe Festival

LIKE POETRY by Kristian O'Hare at the FringeNYC

I would like to invite you to LIKE POETRY, written by a wonderful playwright I discovered at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. It is playing in the NYC Fringe Festival Aug. 10-14 at La MaMa.

LIKE POETRY was written by Kristian O’Hare, who now lives in San Francisco. It was given a staged reading at the GPTC in 2012. I had the privilege of dramaturging the play this summer as Kristian prepared to start rehearsals for the Fringe.

It is a lyrical, many-layered drama which allowed me to simply relax and enjoy the beautiful writing. Kristian is a master of tight construction and meaningful imagery, especially his weaving of insect descriptions, Walt Whitman’s appearances, and Stagger’s story of transformation. I have very high expectations for the success of this play. I hope that you can attend the performance. Kristian’s contact information is: kristianohare@gmail.com

Here is a short description: A new play in three acts, Like Poetry traces the metamorphosis of main character Stagger as he confronts issues of physical and emotional intimacy surrounding his homosexuality. By employing extensive knowledge of entomology, the poetry of Walt Whitman and unique therapies of a non-traditional doctor, Stagger gains the skills needed to confront the past and embrace his future.

Like Poetry
Ivy Theatre Company
Writer: Kristian O’Hare
Director: Audrey Alford
300mg Lavender for exhaustion. 500mg Kava Kava for anxiety. Stagger haphazardly follows Walt Whitman into an uncertain sexual underworld while memories of his best friend, Card, cling to him like a lyme-carrying tick. Pills, bugs, and sexuality collide like poetry.
www.IvyTheatre.com   IvyTheatre
VENUE #12: The Ellen Stewart Theatre – La MaMa      
SAT 10 @ 7:00  SUN 11 @ 1:30  MON 12 @ 4:45  TUE 13 @ 4:45  WED 14 @ 7:00



BCWJ Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech

Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech

By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

Maria Alexandria Beech is a playwright and librettist living in New York. She has written over fifteen full-length plays, several as a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages Theatre, which co-produced her play LITTLE MONSTERS at Brandeis Theatre Company. Her full-length musical titled CLASS, with Karl Michael Johnson, was presented in a reading in May, 2012 at NYU.

AH: Alex, I know that you hold an MFA from Columbia University. Now you have a second, this time from NYU.

MB: It’s in musical theatre writing. It is a true honor. One would think that writing a musical and writing a play are similar processes, but in fact they’re not. They each require their own craft and their own knowledge base.

AH: What is CLASS about?

MB:  It’s based on a play that I wrote in the writers group at Primary Stages, about a girl who is struggling with alcoholism and she signs up for a summer school class in New Orleans in 1987.  And so this girl walks into the situation, and the professor has recently learned that she doesn’t have much longer to live.

It was a real challenge to adapt as a musical, in the sense that it is very much a play as it exists. It was an homage not only to a professor that I had, who was dying of cancer and who had to face students who wanted to use her illness against her, but it was an homage to professors and teachers I had had growing up.
AH: Tell us about your reading at NYU.

One of the things that I learned is that musical theatre is still very much about that well-made musical, that traditional structure of the well-made musical, and the opening number and the closing number. One of my goals is to still honor that tradition, but kind of also do other things and explore more. [I’d like to] not look at the book or the dialogue just as a bridge between the songs. I think the songs could be little kind of poems that stand alone.

Anne Hamilton has 22 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! launched with an interview with Kate Valk, a leading actress with The Wooster Group.

Download the article here: BCWJ Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech by Anne Hamilton



DEELMAYKER Reading in NYC April 11th

It is my pleasure to invite you to the staged reading of DEELMAYKER by Warren Bodow, which I have dramaturged. Please join us! Reservations required: dramaturgtn@gmail.com.

DEELMAYKER by Warren Bodow

A comedy about 65 year old Bernie Harris, once the go-to guy in the media brokerage business, who struggles to meet the demands of a younger generation—on his own terms.

Presented by The Spiral Theatre Studio/Our Green Rooms Truly Are

Join us for a reading of DEELMAYKER

By Warren Bodow

Directed By Ken Dashow

To be performed at Arts New York,

in the Bruce Mitchell Room, 3rd floor

520 8th Avenue at 7pm on April 11, 2013

RSVP: dramaturgtn@gmail.com

Or call: 212-689-4362

Download our flyer here: DEELMAYKER reading April 11, 2013



BCWJ Article on Indie Theater Now

In New York City, Martin Denton is a tireless theatregoer, writer, publisher, advocate and critic. His contribution to the profession with the website http://www.nytheatre.com is immeasurable. His new venture, Indie Theater Now, is a wonderful opportunity for playwrights and other theatre artists.  Recently, Martin wrote an article for my ScriptForward! E-newsletter entitled, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Indie Theater Now”. I’ve shared an excerpt below.

Indie Theater Now (ITN) is an online service that presents and preserves new American plays in script form. Our vision is to be both comprehensive and inclusive. ITN is kind of like a traditional review/preview site, but on steroids: Instead of simply just writing ABOUT a play that excites us, we share the full text of that play, along with dynamic, continually updated content that provides background and context—e.g., podcasts, interviews, reviews, videos, photos, etc.—created by the playwrights themselves as well as other artists and ITN staff. In this way readers can discover the work more fully, wherever they are, at their convenience. It’s also kind of like traditional play publishing, but on a massively larger scale (i.e., hundreds of new plays published per year rather than a few dozen) and at comparative warp-speed: the “Now” in Indie Theater Now reflects our ability to publish work days, not months or years, after its initial presentation on stage.

I started nytheatre.com 16 years ago in order to share my excitement about drama in general and many amazing but underrated/unappreciated/unknown new plays in particular. Playwright Kirk Bromley once said that nytheatre.com was “an engine of enthusiasm for the art”—a phrasing I particularly like.

I think of Indie Theater Now as a much more robust engine – not just of enthusiasm but of genuine discovery; one that enables teachers, students, actors, directors, producers, and artists of every stripe, as well as those not involved in the theater, to experience the fruits of indie drama as close to first-hand as possible.”

Please read the entire article on my Hamilton Dramaturgy blog, which is https://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com.

BCWJ Article on Indie Theater Now by Anne Hamilton

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 Dramaturgys TheatreNow! launched with an interview with Kate Valk, a leading actress with The Wooster Group.



Anne to Read Her Poetry at the Cherry Lane

http://offbroadway.broadwayworld.com/article/PJ-Gibson-Carol-Hall-More-Join-WOMENS-WORDS-at-Cherry-Lane-Theatre-1029-20121008

Please come hear me read some new poetry at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City on October 29th at 7:30pm. I’ll be joining some terrific colleagues in this performance, which is a League of Professional Theatre Women event.

Please read the Broadway World article, and come on along!



Anne to Direct THE STACY PLAY in Central Park

The League of Professional Theatre Women, an international organization based in New York City, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2012 with a variety of programs and events.

Under the leadership of Co-Presidents Kristin Marting and Lorca Peress, the League has launched 30 PLAYS CELEBRATE 30 YEARS”, which features 30 brand new plays, musicals and theatre events curated by League members. The events will take place in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond; from site-specific theatre on the prairie in central Canada; to the unveiling of a new play in London; to Memphis, Tennessee; to downtown performances at the New York Theatre Workshop, the Cherry Lane and HERE.

I am curating and directing a walking tour staged reading on May 19th on Literary Walk in Central Park in New York City, ending at the Bethesda Fountain.

I created an updated model of a medieval pageant play in the middle of New York’s most famous park. Stacy, the main character in my full-length play, THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I, goes through a modern journey of the soul, wheeling her pageant cart between eight locations, ending at the fountain.

The audience will follow Stacy as she travels through such “locations” as Paradise, Limbo and The Womb, as well as her Manhattan apartment, sometimes with Jonathan, her love interest who happens to be dead.

Because THE STACY PLAY is episodic in nature, I thought it would be fascinating to literally journey through her story. Originally, I intended for the walking tour to be done in Nervi, on the Italian Riviera, where I enjoyed a fellowship and residency from the Bogliasco Foundation several years ago. But my ultimate desire was to present it in a New York City park, and the League presented me with an opportunity to direct my play in my dream location.  This is just one example of how unique staging can partner with women artists’ advocacy efforts to produce a groundbreaking event.

Please join me at this 2pm event on May 19th.  RSVP to hamiltonlit@gmail.com. I’ll see you on the Mall!

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 Two of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! concluded with an interview with Jennifer Tipton, the award-winning lighting designer.

Please download this article here: BCWJ article – Anne Hamilton to Direct THE STACY PLAY in Central Park