Split the atom and the energy pours out; split the well-made play and the same thing happens, or so goes the theory behind a Mac Wellman non-conventional playwriting" workshop, one of which recently wrapped its four-day run at the Flea Theater in Tribeca. For two weekends in a row, Wellman sat at the end of a folding table in the theaters dimly lit mainstage space, presiding with impish dignity over a group of twelve playwrights who came to have their assumptions about theater upended, if not blown to bits.
Little Theater is a theater series at Tonic, a music and performance space on the Lower East side. In a world of increasingly competitive and formulaic Big Theater, Little Theater provides a venue for experimentation, and promises gritty prop-less glamour flanked by red velvet curtains, brief yet soaring bits of newly born theater, and a fully stocked bar.
This is a difficult world no? Everyone just wants a piece of you, a piece of the action. There you are, throwing yourself out there to all those people, your public, and you never really know what any of it all means do you? I mean, does anyone really?