Category Archives: Dramaturgy

Drama Notes: Aaron Posner

First published in 1967, Chaim Potok’s coming-of-age novel The Chosen has become a beloved literary classic. The story of an unlikely friendship between two boys from different worlds growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the 1940s evokes universal truths about the power of friendship, the importance of relationships between fathers and sons, and the difficulty… Continue reading →

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FIREFLIES: Juicy Questions for Conversation and Reflection

“Fireflies” is a play rich with themes. Trust. Judgement. Certainty. Freedom. Dreams. Big ideas that resonate in all of our lives, just as they define the characters on stage. What I’m dying to know is how my friends and family connect with these themes, both in the play and in their own experience. Here are… Continue reading →

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Playwright Jen Silverman and ‘All the Roads Home’

Writer Jen Silverman is obsessed with character and all of its manifestations in her work. “I am only interested in plot in so much as it illustrates how far a character is willing to go to get what they want. I am also really interested in families and the ways we are seen and not… Continue reading →

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Playwright Jonathan Payne and ‘Poor Edward’

Playwright Jonathan Payne’s day job is as a social worker, supporting people with mental health issues who want to go back to college. Through his work he met an unlikely couple, D and A (names withheld for privacy). They were homeless and A struggled with schizophrenia. “I am working on the fringes of society and… Continue reading →

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Playwright Christopher Chen and ‘Passage’

Christopher Chen is trying to do nothing less in his work as a playwright than create a new form. “I think one of my goals as a playwright is to really find ways to activate the audience, and myself as a writer in the process, by specifically trying to turn over subject matter in new… Continue reading →

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Drama Notes: Matthew Barber

Like the protagonist of her novel Eleanor & Abel – which Matthew Barber has adapted here into his new play Fireflies – Annette Sanford was a high school English teacher in a small Texas town. She was always fascinated by short stories, and would write them during her summers off. After 25 years, she left… Continue reading →

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DRAMA NOTES: An Interview with Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik, the writer of book and lyrics for The Most Beautiful Room in New York, is perhaps best known as a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he’s contributed fiction, non-fiction, criticism, satire, and memoir since 1986. He’s written numerous books during his tenure there, including Paris to the Moon, inspired by the… Continue reading →

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Costuming Napoli, Brooklyn

LWT costume designers and costume shop work notoriously hard to dress each character in each show we do just right. Despite the production the process always starts the same: RESEARCH. For some shows, such as more contemporary pieces, it’s fairly simple to figure out what the characters should wear. However, for period pieces like Napoli,… Continue reading →

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Chess in ‘Endgame’

The game of chess was a major influence on Samuel Beckett’s early writings. Around the time of his 1938 novel Murphy (in which Murphy and the suicidal Mr. Endon play a crazed chess game), chess became one of Beckett’s abiding passions. He frequented Parisian cafes where the best chess players congregated, and he followed his… Continue reading →

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Drama Notes: On Beckett

Widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 20th Century, Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is perhaps best known for creating a radical new dramatic form. Realism was the dominant theatrical style of Beckett’s day, and perhaps remains so today. Beckett’s work opened up the possibility of a theater that dispenses with the traditional… Continue reading →

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