Category Archives: playwright

Drama Notes: Julia Cho

Long Wharf Theatre is thrilled to welcome Julia Cho’s acclaimed work back to the stage for Office Hour, directed by Lisa Peterson and produced in conjunction with Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Office Hour marks Cho’s third play to be produced at Long Wharf. The first, BFE, premiered at Long Wharf in 2005 directed by Gordon Edelstein,… Continue reading →

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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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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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The Most Beautiful Room In New York | A Note On The New Title

LEARN ABOUT THE SHOW Titles are magical things made by mundane means. Authors work hard at titles, compiling lists and sharing them anxiously with friends, but when a title works it just works – though whether it works because the title brought grace to the project or because the project gave the title a grace… Continue reading →

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Drama Notes: Meghan Kennedy

In the early 1960s, the nation was on the precipice of great social change—the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the rejection of the social conformity of the 1950s would soon rock the country to its core. Meghan Kennedy’s new play Napoli, Brooklyn is set in Brooklyn, NY in 1960 and in it, you… Continue reading →

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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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Steve Martin Uses Urban Legend to Make Us Laugh

We’ve all heard the saying “there must be a full moon” or, at least, some version of it. Whether there’s any scientific truth to it or not, most of us seem content to continue this prevalent idea that astronomical events cause ‘strange’ things to happen. Sure, a full moon can cause more extreme tides making… Continue reading →

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DRAMA NOTES: Steve Martin, Playwright

Steve Martin is one of the most acclaimed and beloved talents in entertainment. His work has earned numerous honors including an Academy Award, five Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and the Kennedy Center Honor. Many of Martin’s films are considered modern classics including: The Jerk, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Roxanne, Parenthood, L.A. Story, and Father of the Bride. Martin is… 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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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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