About three years ago I stopped by the office of wonderful MCC literary manager and brilliant dramaturg Stephen Willems to talk about a play of mine. We got to chatting about what we saw recently that we liked and he started waving his hands, excited
When I heard playwright Jeff Lewonczyk was smashing together my two favorite worldscomics and theaterto curate their latest summer festival of awesome at the Brick Theater, I geeked out. Im not sure if I accosted him while he was eating dinner at Dumont or before a Vampire Cowboys Saloon show
Welcome to the Fearless Indie Theater Universe. Population? Growing Strong
By Crystal Skillman
Episode Two: London-Town, UK!
The theater-doing scene in London boils down to one story for me. Waiting for a red bus on my way to a rehearsal of my play Birthday, which was receiving its U.K. Premiere, two women in their mid-20s were talking about what was going on at the Nationala show which they had seen separately. One liked the play, one didnt.
Where would I be without inventive producers? Flying back to N.Y.C. from my first trip to La La land, preparing to go back into the room with my play Wild (to open at I.R.T. this spring), I find my mind wandering its way to this question.
About five years ago, I had an experience that changed my life. I wrote a play called Cut that was developed and produced by the Management Theater Company. My work as a playwright suddenly began to reach a whole new crowd, but this opportunity also brought into my life some incredible people: actress/writer Megan Hill, director Meg Sturiano, playwright Joshua Conkel, and now actress/writer Amy Staats.
West Village, 1960s, long before the whitewash: when hippies were young, rents were cheap, and Carmine Street was still the realm of the possible.
Touching down on the plane at Midway last Tuesdayit all hits me. While Ive been produced in Chicago before, I realize how different this Chi-town trip is.
When I log onto the New Play Exchange, I read amazing plays and I think, Wait, why isnt this being produced, like, now? On Facebook, I visit Gina Femias Rejection Roundup, which she still continues as she gains success, and I can read threads where I see who else got knocked out of the first round of submissions. And its shocking: great writers and great plays are turned away at a rapid rate.
About three years ago I stopped by the office of wonderful MCC literary manager and brilliant dramaturg Stephen Willems to talk about a play of mine. We got to chatting about what we saw recently that we liked and he started waving his hands, excited.