Category Archives: new work

Playwright Clare Barron and ‘Dance Nation’

In Clare Barron’s play Dance Nation, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plot to take over the world. A play about ambition, growing up and how to find our souls in the heat of it all.  LWT: Can you talk about the inspiration for the play? Barron: I wrote this play because I wanted to explore ambition and… Continue reading →

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Playwright Jeff Augustin and ‘The Last Tiger in Haiti’

Jeff Augustin’s The Last Tiger in Haiti takes place on the final night of Kanaval. A group of restaveks (abandoned children living in servitude) dream of freedom, trading spellbinding tales blurring fiction and reality. When two of them reunite 15 years later, their truths are more haunting than they could have imagined. LWT: What was… Continue reading →

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Playwright Boo Killebrew and ‘Miller, Mississippi’

Set in volatile Civil Rights-era Mississippi, Boo Killebrew’s Miller, Mississippi is a Southern Gothic tale of one family’s heartfelt and devastating descent into ruin. As the country attempts to lurch towards a future of racial equality, the Miller family is poisoned by their own legacy. LWT: Could you talk about the inspiration for Miller, Mississippi? Killebrew:… Continue reading →

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A Journey to Lewis and Clark in New Haven

As LWT’s Digital Content Manger I usually deal exclusively in things that are, well… digital. But when I found out the hand drawn maps from the Lewis and Clark expedition were in the collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library a mere 5 minutes from my desk, I couldn’t settle for the digital… Continue reading →

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Moving Forward in LEWISTON

In this third and final intallment of LWT’s exclusive interview with Samuel D. Hunter, Literary Manager Christine Scarfuto asks the playwright to touch on the connection between personal and shared history and the role it plays in the characters’ lives. Q: How important is it for these characters to understand their personal and shared history as… Continue reading →

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The Lost Sense of Discovery in LEWISTON

In part two of LWT Literary Manager Christine Scarfuto’s interview with Lewiston playwright Samuel D. Hunter, she inquires about how the playwright’s characters are effected by the false mythology of Lewis and Clark and a lost sense of discovery in American lives today. Q: In Lewiston, the central character tries to imagine what it felt like… Continue reading →

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Why-daho? Samuel D. Hunter’s interest in Idaho and the legacy of Lewis and Clark

  In many of his plays, Samuel D. Hunter investigates the complexities of living in and around small towns in Idaho. He’s originally from a small Idaho town himself (Moscow, to be exact). He takes the charming idealism and sense of community we associate with life in small-town America and turns it on its head,… Continue reading →

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Dael’s Inspirations: Where do the ideas come from?

The set for Dael Orlandersmith’s production of Forever is beautifully spare. A simple floor. A record turntable. Some photographs. A small stack of records. An equally small stack of books. In some sense, the books and the records could be the most important objects on the stage. They offer a glimpse into the character’s identity,… Continue reading →

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