Roger Guenveur Smith is a man who knows his history. But the writer-performer doesnt just know it, he lets it under his skin, manipulates it, re-imagines it, and embodies it in shows that are as much about the here-and-now as they are about where we came from.
In the modest black box space of The Bushwick Starroccupied this Sunday morning by some twenty-odd performers and a three-piece banda slide whistle signals the beginning of rehearsal.
If Eminem thinks hes got anything to bitch about, he should check out Lemon Andersens County of Kings. Compared to Lemons childhood in the projects at 24th St/4th Ave in Sunset Park, Marshall Mathers lived an almost storybook life on 8 Mile.
Julia Jarchos play American Treasure, produced by 13P, will premiere at the Paradise Factory on November 21 and runs through Dec 12.
Although he enjoys acting far more than writing, Stephen Adly Guirgis is best known for his work as a playwright with the LAByrinth Theatre Company in New York, of which he has been a company member since 1994. The Rail caught up with Guirgis and playwright/actor Melanie Angelina Maras during a rehearsal for Maras new play, Kiss Me on the Mouth, which Guirgis directs.
Last fall, the writers Julia Jordan, Sarah Schulman and Anna Ziegler called a town hall meeting for female playwrights to discuss the fact that work written by women was being produced at rates no better than 100 years earlier.