Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Recent Successes – Autumn 2010

Playwrighting

  • My play THE DELIVERY appeared in the 2010 Emerging Female Voices Festival on October 11th. This festival features 21 original works and is being produced by the Manhattan Shakespeare Project. The short comedy features a subway car, a maternity ward, and one determined little girl. Lori Wolter-Hudson directed.
  • I am a member of NO PASSPORT, I have read from my work in our monthly reading series featuring fine writers like Carida Svich, Midaglia Cruz, Alejandro Morales, and Randy Gener. If you’re in NYC, please come to our next event on October 19th. NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press and INTAR, in collaboration with the Nuyorican Poets Café, will present HIBERNATING RATTLESNAKES: DEMONIOS – An Evening of Demons, Chupacabras . . . and things that go HISS in the night. I will read my play THE BREAD OF FORGETFULNESS. Description: A bakery, a Memory Haunting and a writer’s imagination collide over a Pan De Muerto on the Day of the Dead. Please join us at 7pm at the Nuyorican Poets Café, 236. E. 3rd Street (Avenues B/C) in NYC (www.nuyorican. org).Suggested admission is $5. Bring Friends!
  • On December 14th, I will direct a reading of my play THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I at Julia’s Reading Room in NYC. Held at the home of legendary producer Julia Miles, JRR is a program of the League of Professional Theatre Women. As a special treat, I will also direct and present a performance of my clown play BOUDOIR BENCH, which introduces a new archetype: the beautiful female clown.

Anne On the Air

  • On July 24th, I served as a guest commentator for the L.A. Theatreworks audio presentation of Lee Blessing’s GOING TO ST. IVES. The topic was Mothers and Sons in THE GLASS MENAGERIE, A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE and ALL MY SONS. The segment was aired nationwide on NPR as a companion piece to the broadcast of the play. An audio of the play and segment can be ordered at http://audio-sales1.amazonwebstore.com/Going-to-St.-Ives-Library-Edition/M/1580812791.htm

L.A. Theatreworks has a large catalog of audio recordings of important plays performed by leading actors. Its website is a terrific resource at www.latw.org.

  • Season One of my audio podcast series TheatreNow!, an oral history of leading American female theatre artists is complete. You can find it at https://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com . The inaugural segment features playwright and librettist Quiara Allegria Hudes, who wrote ELIOTT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE, and the libretto for IN THE HEIGHTS (2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, and 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominee). Please listen to additional guests already online including: Ruth Margraff, Claire Lautier, Valentina Fratti, and Catherine Filloux, Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow. Yvette Heyliger speaks about her play WWJD?, which has been nominated for nine Audelco Awards. (www.twinbiz.com). Listen to more Interviews and Features on Catherine Filloux at http://www.catherinefilloux.com/links.html .

Dramaturgy

  • I am currently approaching theatres hoping to locate a producer for Warren Bodow’s drama FRONTING THE ORDER, which I also dramaturged. The five character ensemble piece explores the ethics and practicality of using deception to gain a short term profit, and we see a premonition of the conflicts of our 21st century information age. Please send all inquiries to me at: hamiltonlit@hotmail.com . Warren is the retired President of radio stations WQXR and WQEW and received great reviews from The New York Times for RACE MUSIC last year on Theatre Row. He presented a very well-received staged reading at the Abingdon Theatre on September 29th.
  • Tom Cavanaugh, a long-time client, was given a staged reading of his play BEHOLD at the Utah Shakespearean Festival this summer. The drama, about a family’s disintegration after its son/brother was killed in a Columbine-type school shooting. Its plot hinges upon the very topical subject of peer bullying and violence. The play was very well received. Please contact me at hamiltonlit@hotmail.com for a press packet and copy of the script.
  • Broadway legend George Marcy performed his musical play THE BALLAD OF GEORGIE PORGIE (co-written with Bob Goldstone, who also serves as Musical Director) on September 12th at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC. Here are his comments: “Anne Hamilton, with her insight, creativity and knowledge, is responsible for guiding THE BALLAD OF GEORGIE PORGIE to where it is today.” Bravo, George!
  • I still serve on the LPTW’s Mentoring Committee under Chairwoman Margery Klain. The committee is dedicated to providing mentoring opportunities to female theatre artists who are members of the League. Please see www.theatrewomen.org for an application.
  • Two plays which I dramaturged in the past appeared as readings in NYC this fall: Carrie Robbins’ THE DEATH & LIFE OF DR. CUTTER, and Cheryl L. Davis’ SWIMMING UPTOWN (at the Abingdon Theatre’s 2010-2011 Staged Reading Series).

Publications

  • The Bucks County Women’s Journal published my article, “Advocacy for Women Playwrights” in my Page & Stage column (October/November). In the July/August issue I completed my profile of Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer-Prize nominated playwright.
  • The Open to Hope Foundation published four of my articles on Healing Through the Arts on its website www.opentohope.com. The series, on Maintaining Emotional Fluency Through Artistic Expression, revealed my healing journeys as a writer. “Writing Poetry Helps Thirty Years After Friend’s Death”, discusses how I discovered my internal soul-shift while writing the poem “Summer Storm”.

Public Workshops

  • I’ve been invited to teach a workshop of playwrighting and screenwriting at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference next June. Please sign up at: http://www.pwcwriters.org/index.html


Welcome to Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! – An Interview with Catherine Filloux, Parts I and II

Catherine Filloux is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for the past twenty years.  Her plays, and music theater pieces, have been produced in New York and around the world.

TheatreNow! Interview with Catherine Filloux – Part I

Please also visit Part II, below. (For a faster download, please close out Part I first.)

TheatreNow! Interview with Catherine Filloux – Part II

Anne Hamilton  interviewed her on June 3, 2010.

Catherine made the following statement at the NO PASSPORT conference in New York City. You can also download it  here:  Between You and Me by Catherine Filloux.

For more interviews/features on Catherine, see http://www.catherinefilloux.com/links.html

Between You and Me

By Catherine Filloux
NoPassport Conference at Nuyorican Poets Café – February 26, 2010
http://www.nuyorican.org/calendar.php?r=0&eid=350

All my plays have an American entry point.  Though “American” is not the appropriate word.  I love the United States of America: the idea that freedom is everyone’s birthright. In my play Silence of God, I exposed a secret capture plan by the U.S. to jail Pol Pot decades after the Khmer Rouge genocide.  The U.S. government always knew where Pol Pot was but was caught up in superpower politics that made it inconvenient to get him.  The U.S. government knows where Bosnian Serb military chief Mladic is (his house was just raided in Belgrade) but our priorities are elsewhere.  What is the U.S. doing in the world through its control of oil, the military complex, and its passion for fear as a tool of repression?   I think no discussion about genocide can exist without my acknowledgment of the Native American genocide. I grew up going to school in Toulon, France and my fellow students would say to me as they passed me in the hall:  “Vous avez tué les indiens.” And I would say to myself in shock and embarrassment: “I killed the Indians?” My new play involves a tribe that is suing the federal government for actions resulting in “destruction” to the tribe’s sacred cultural sites.  What’s more valuable: sacred, cultural sites or agribusiness profits?  All my plays are about my own complicity: that of being from the United States.  Rather than being some kind of punishment towards myself (or my country) I believe this work is the most hopeful, optimistic way I can find, as a theater artist, to fight repression and abuse. And to fight violence against women. The U.S. government didn’t sign the Kyoto Protocol; doesn’t believe in the ICC; waited three decades to sign Raphael Lemkin’s genocide convention; and our military pays private corporations to build land mines. It’s exactly because my immigrant parents and I loved the poetry at the heart of this nation that I am suffering at its gross misrepresentation around the world. The constitution is a document under siege. There’s only one thing holding us back from change in the U.S. and that’s the same two letters: Us.  There’s only one thing holding me back from change in the U.S. and that word also has two letters: me.

You can follow Catherine’s career at www.catherinefilloux.com

— Anne Hamilton, Dramaturg and Playwright.

www.hamiltonlit.com hamiltonlit@hotmail.com

TheatreNow! Staff: Anne Hamilton, Producer and Host; Linsey Bostwick, Editor