Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Chon and Cammarata Join Hamilton Dramaturgy Staff

Hamilton Dramaturgy has expanded its staff by appointing Walter Byongsok Chon as Associate Dramaturg, and Cate Cammarata as Assistant Dramaturg. Both artists have made significant contributions to the company and its projects, performances and programming for the last two years, leading to their official appointment. Their contract is non-exclusive, and the dramaturgs will continue to develop their careers fully with many other organizations and artists. Hamilton Dramaturgy wiill be able to offer more expertise to serve all the needs of its growing client list. Welcome, Walter and Cate!

BIOS

Walter Byongsok Chon is a doctor of fine arts candidate at the Yale School of Drama, where he is writing his dissertation, “Behind Romantic Irony: How 18th-Century English Self-Reflective Satire Anticipated a New German Drama.” He received his MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama, where he was production dramaturg on Yale Rep’s Rough Crossing and Eclipsed and several YSD and Yale Cabaret productions. His other accomplishments include new play development (Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The Great Plains Theater Conference), translation (Serpent At My Thigh, Inching Towards Yeolha, from Korean into English; Charles Mee’s True Love from English to Korean), conference presentation (ATHE, PTRS), and publication of his articles in Praxis, Theater, The Korean National Theatre Magazine, and The Korean Theatre Review, among others. Walter holds a BA in English from Sungkyunkwan University, and an MA in theatre studies from Washington University in St. Louis. He recently served as Artistic Coordinator at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

Cate Cammarata is a Producer, Director and Dramaturg, and is also an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Stony Brook.  She is the Literary Manager for Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and Jana Robbins Productions, and is in development with MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL as an Associate Producer.  Cate has previously worked with the HERE Arts Center, The Active Theater, Hamilton Dramaturgy, Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, Hughes/Moss Casting, Syracuse Stage, the Emelin Theater, and the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, Long Island.  She holds a MFA in Dramaturgy from SUNY Stony Brook and a BFA in Acting/Directing from Syracuse University, and is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute.

Hamilton Dramaturgy is an international consultancy based in New York City. It was founded in 1991 by Anne Hamilton, who holds an MFA from Columbia University of the Arts. The company’s clients have gone on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, the Tony ® Award, and a Royal Court International Residency. Selected client list: Andrei Serban, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Institute, Michael Mayer, Lynn Nottage, and Classic Stage Company. Hamilton produces and hosts Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, a podcast series featuring some of the most important contemporary female theatre artists working in America. http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com, http://www.hamiltonlit.com, hamiltonlit@ hotmail.com.



Choosing to Say Goodbye

From time to time I write an article for Open to Hope, an organization which helps people to find hope after the loss of a loved one. This week, I wrote, “Choosing to Say Goodbye” about the loss of my friend Curtis. I modeled the character Jonathan in THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I after him. Last month’s staged reading allowed me to hear the play in its entirety, and helped my healing process along as well. As my play continues to live and my heart continues to heal through writing and directing, I can only hope that I will continue to expand and express my own journey.

You may download the article here:  Anne Hamilton Choosing to Say Goodbye Article for Open to Hope

Choosing to Say Goodbye

by Anne Hamilton (c) June 24, 2012

There’s a time when you have to say goodbye, and a time when you choose to say goodbye.

For the first time, I chose to say goodbye to my friend Curtis today.

I had to say goodbye when he was ripped away from me in a car accident thirty years ago. And all this time I’ve been resenting that accident.

But recently the song, “Freebird”* by Lynryd Skynyrd has kept echoing in my head. If I heard it on the radio, I would listen for its entirety. I would pull off the road to listen to it. I couldn’t get that song out of my mind.

I had heard it at so many high school dances in the 70’s. It was a classic.

Today I wanted to hear that song. I listened to it over and over on YouTube. I let the song sink in and I cried for a long time. And my heart changed. I needed to hear the words and more important, I needed to feel them.

“If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on, now,
‘Cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see.
But, if I stayed here with you, girl,
Things just couldn’t be the same.

‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now,
And this bird you cannot change.
Oh… oh… oh… oh…
And the bird you cannot change.
And this bird you cannot change.
Lord knows I can’t change.

Bye, bye, baby it’s been a sweet love,
Though this feeling I can’t change.
But please don’t take it so badly,
‘Cause Lord knows I’m to blame.
But if I stayed here with you girl,
Things just couldn’t be the same.

‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now,
And this bird you cannot change.
Oh… oh… oh… oh…
And the bird you cannot change.
And this bird you cannot change.
Lord knows, I can’t change.
Lord help me, I can’t change.

Lord I can’t change,
Won’t you fly high, free bird, yeah.

I always thought I was the free bird because I’m the fiercely independent one. But today I realized that Curtis was the free bird, and that’s why I love this song so much. It’s imprinted on my mind, like the news of his death and my turmoil after his loss.

And what if he said to me, “If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me? For I must be traveling on, now, cause there’s too many places I’ve got to see”?

And what if he‘s saying in that song, “Bye, bye, baby it’s been a sweet love…though this feeling I can’t change. ‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now, and this bird you cannot change.”

I can respect that. I can love him for that. I can thank him for that.

And now I can let him go. On to his travels, and his places to see.

‘Cause I’m as free as a bird now. And this bird you cannot change.

We were together for a little while and forever.

I can be a free bird.

*Song by Ronald W. Van Zant and Allen Collins



THE STACY PLAY on May 19th

THE STACY PLAY was given its first public staged reading on Saturday during a spectacular spring day in Central Park. Eleven audience members for each show followed Stacy to three locations as she shared her challenges, triumphs and hopes. It was an AEA-approved showcase with a limited audience in order to provide an intimate viewing experience.

The audience started at 67th Street and Fifth Avenue, continued up through The Mall, whose American elm trees provide a cathedral-like canopy, and ended up near the Bethesda Fountains where sounds of the splashing water mixed with that of violins played by park musicians.

Act One was staged on a rock promontory overlooking the fountain. The audience then moved into place  on a grassy plain overlooking the Lake filled with boaters for Act Two. Act Three was played in the safe haven of a grove of trees filled with sounds of birds and children playing, overlooking both the Fountain and the Lake. Dramaturg Walter Byongsok Chon led an audience talkback after the 2pm show.

Soraya Broukhim* starred as Stacy Lee Madison and Brent Wellington Barker III portrayed Jonathan, her dead love interest, in a story which brought the audience to such diverse locations as Paradise, the Upper West Side, Limbo, the Italian Riviera, Limbo, and the Womb. The actors gave passion and commitment to their roles, evidencing an onstage familiarity with one another which was developed as company members of The Living Theatre.

My Director’s Notes in the program detailed the origin of the piece, since starting out on a “deliberate journey of healing” three years ago, and Walter Byongsok Chon’s dramaturgical notes explain the form and content of the medieval pageant play and how it relates to THE STACY PLAY.

In response to the experience, New York playwright Robin Rice Lichtig comments, “When Stacy describes all the men she encountered in life, had experience with, then left behind… that works well with the audience actually physically moving along with her. It’s a sort of search, this journey — a search for the one true love she yearns to recapture. It’s interesting that she had that love early on in her life, yet she has to travel far to find it again in a different place…Birth and death are so close — both coming from and going to an unknown place which may be called “heaven.”

Many thanks to all to attended the staged readings. The 2pm performance was an official event of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s 30th Anniversary – “30 Plays in 30 Years”.

You may download the program here: THE STACY PLAY by Anne Hamilton Program May 19, 2012

*This Actor is appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

The audience prepares to enter Central Park

Khenpo Tenzin Dargye, Anne Hamilton (Director and Playwright) and Maya Cantu

An official event of "30 Plays in 30 Years"

Deborah Savadge and friends with the LPTW Banner

THE STACY PLAY - A LOVE SONG - VOLUME I

Stephanie Wessels watches Soraya Broukhim as Stacy Lee Madison in Act One

THE STACY PLAY - A LOVE SONG - VOLUME I

Soraya Broukhim as Stacy, Brent Wellington Barker III as Jonathan, and Walter Byongsok Chon reading stage directions

THE STACY PLAY - A LOVE SONG - VOLUME I

Soraya Broukhim in Act One, Part II – AND THEN I WENT INSIDE

For more information about THE STACY PLAY, please email me at hamiltonlit@hotmail.com



THE STACY PLAY – SOLD OUT

I’m very excited about directing a staged reading of THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I for two performances in Central Park this Saturday. The cast consists of Soraya Broukhim* as Stacy and Brent Wellington Barker III as Jonathan. They are both members of The Living Theatre’s acting company, where I recently saw them perform in Judith Malina’s HISTORY OF THE WORLD.

Our rehearsal last Saturday was full of challenges. I had to rework the route for the walking tour because of loud music coming from events based near the sites I had chosen. I moved the action to three spots surrounding Bethesda Fountain: an outcropping of that great, bold gray rock for Act One, a site overlooking the Lake for Act Two, and a grove of trees overlooking both for Act Three. I  hope that the audience will feel a connection with nature and a large sense of space while listening to the story of a woman’s spectacular life which spans over a century.

Stay tuned next week for news of the reading, and some audience responses.

*This actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Soraya Broukhim and Brent Wellington Barker III

Stage Manager Ben Rodman, Playwright/Director Anne Hamilton, Soraya Broukhim and Brent Wellington Barker III

Soraya Broukhim and Brent Wellington Barker III rehearse as Jonathan and Stacy

Soraya Broukhim, Brent Wellington Barker II, and Dramaturg Walter Byongsok Chon



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



THE STACY PLAY on May 19th

Save the date!

I will curate and direct a staged reading of THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I on May 19th in New York City. This is an official event of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s 30 Plays in 30 Years celebration. You can learn more about the other events at: http://www.theatrewomen.org/jan-2012-dec-2012-30-plays-celebrate-30-years

*Saturday, May 19
2:00pm Central Park, New York, NY
Curated by Anne Hamilton
The Stacy Play − A Love Song-Volume I. Hamilton directs a staged reading walking tour of her modern pageant play. Audience meets at the NW corner of 67th St. and 5th Ave to be led to The Mall. We follow Stacy and Jonathan, her dead teenage friend, to eight stations along Literary Walk, ending at Bethesda Fountain. Bring something to sit on; the audience will walk between locations.
Discussion: hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com
RSVP: hamiltonlit@gmail.com



Anne Taught Screenwriting/Playwriting Workshop at Philadelphia Writer’s Conference

I had the pleasure of teaching a scriptwriting workshop at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference from June 3rd through 5th.  One of the nation’s oldest writing conferences, past instructors have included the great novelist Pearl S. Buck. Close to 200 participants attended. I taught three one-hour sessions to about 25 class members on topics including: dramatic elements, the dramatic form, developing character and storyline, differences in formatting between screenplays and stage plays, the writer’s life, cultivating self-expression, and myths and truths about professional writers. I gave the students several writing exercises in free form expression and writing taglines. I discussed the opening from the screenplay WINTER’S BONE to demonstrate characterization, diction, and tone. Class members read roles in a scene from a terrific comedy written by another participant, and I taught them how to give feedback in an appropriate and constructive manner.  Finally, I read two excerpts from my own work to illustrate the use of imagery and high dramatic stakes – the opening of AND THEN I WENT INSIDE, Part II of  THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I, and the monologue RED RIBBON TIE, which is part of ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT.

I will be looking for other opportunities to serve as a conference workshop leader. Thank you, PWC.

Here are testimonials from four of my students:

“I had the privilege of attending one of Anne Hamilton’s playwriting workshops at the 2011 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. As an emerging playwright I found her workshop to be superbly instructive; submission formats and targets for submitting plays were particularly helpful. Her in-class writing exercises and prompts were excellent workshop fuel and her reading from her own piece about the 9/11 attacks was galvanizing. It’s good to know there is a resource like her out there as my portfolio of plays continues to evolve.”

-Lisa S. Lutwyche has a BFA in painting, a BA in Art History, and spent 28 years in corporate and residential architecture and design, teaching creative writing at a community arts center since 1992.  After attending AROHO (A Room of Her Own, a selective, bi-annual women’s writing retreat in New Mexico) in 2009, and a workshop there with playwright Ellen McLaughlin, Lisa started writing plays.  She had her first one-act play, THE FALL, produced in the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.  A poet, novelist, essayist and playwright, she is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing through a low residency program at Goddard College in Vermont.

“Anne Hamilton provides an outstanding workshop for aspiring playwrights and screenwriters.  She speaks from a wealth of experience as a playwright and dramaturg and is able to impart her knowledge clearly and in a manner that is helpful to those on every level of proficiency.  Her handouts, which cover key elements of dramatic writing as well as formatting, are useful, plus she excels at establishing a warm, encouraging presence that infuses the insightful critiques of work submitted by members of the workshop.  I strongly recommend her.”

Diana Pazicky, Assistant Professor of English, Temple University

“Anne Hamilton’s recent Playwriting/Screenwriting Workshop at the 2011 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference was intriguing and informative. Her experience as a Dramaturge was put to good use in passing-on solid, technical information on Playwriting, together with “tricks-of-the trade” and some of her own powerful, inspirational writing.”

Nick Lutwyche has nearly 50 years of experience in military aviation engineering and operations,with 25 of those years in Royal Navy aviation including active service. He has had long time involvement in Community Theatre in the UK and the USA, which has helped preserve his sanity. His roles in many venues include  Actor/Back Stage/Front-of-House/Scenery/Construction/Trash-hauling/Lighting. One day he will write that play…

“I had the pleasure of taking Anne Hamilton’s screenwriting workshop at the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Ms. Hamilton offered a wonderful overview of techniques, examples of works and priceless information for breaking into the business. To be honest, I was on the fence as to whether or not I wanted to pursue screenwriting. However, Ms. Hamilton was so encouraging and inspiring that I applied to MFA programs that same day! Her workshop was truly an invaluable experience and easily my favorite of the three day conference.”

Porsha Addison, Aspiring Screenwriter/MFA Student