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YELLOW CARD RED CARD
By Melisa Tien
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
In a small Muslim town in Northern Cameroon, four young soccer players prepare for a championship that will determine not only the future of the team, but the unique trajectory of each girl’s life. Incorporating choreography inspired by the games and practices of a real-life Cameroonian girls team, the play blurs the line between theater and sporting event.
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*** WOMEN IN THE AGE OF TRUMP ***
NYCPlaywrights seeks monologues and 10-minute plays.
The theme is "Women in the Age of Trump."
President-elect Donald Trump has said a number of controversial things, including that he can grab women "by the pussy" because "when you're a star they let you do it, you can do anything." This is considered a description of sexual assault by some, but locker room talk by others.
NYCPlaywrights is looking for scripts about women in a time when the leader of the United States is Donald Trump.
*** NYWINTERFEST THEATER COMPETITION ***
BEST PLAY $2,500
Best Director, Actress, Actor and Singer $500 each
Best Musical Score $300
Best Original Play, Stage Manager and Set Designer $200.
All genres are welcome, including MUSICALS.
PLAYS OR MUSICALS BETWEEN 10 AND 90 MINUTES
ONE ACT PLAY WELCOME
Our 10th Festival Season
There is no question why NYWINTERFEST has taken the world of playwrighting festivals by storm, becoming one of the largest festival in the country in just 6 years.
FEW SPOTS LEFT IN FEBRUARY TO HAVE A CHANCE TO PRESENT YOUR WORK ON STAGE
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Call for One Act Scripts for Gadfly's Final Frontier Festival: Fairy Tales
Once upon a time, in the frozen lands of Minnesota, a group of queers gathered together to fight the rising tide of heteronormativity plaguing their arts scene. They sent out a call for stories of magic, heroes, and fairies. These stories they combined in their magic theatre cauldron and formed the Final Frontier Festival: Fairy Tales.
Little Black Dress seeks 10-minute plays
Submissions are now being accepted from awesome female playwrights for consideration in this year's festival. This festival utilizes a peer-review process for evaluating submissions, so please make sure to read over the following guidelines carefully before submitting.
This year's festival theme is Hot Mess. Playwrights are invited to submit short plays and/or monologues written on this theme. In the past we've had great success with short scene lets as well (10 minute plays comprised of a couple of scenes, which we can sprinkle throughout the lineup)
Pinning Our Hopes, a night of inspiration and action at Deane Hall, the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion, will feature theatre artists responding to issues of social justice and citizenship raised by the 2016 election. For one night, some of Boston's best performers will showcase work that speaks of solidarity and resistance, and leaders from local social justice organizations will be on hand to introduce how audiences can connect, contribute, and make a difference.
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*** NEW YORK MAGAZINE ON THEATER ***
Should the Theater Really Be a Safe Space?
By Jesse Green
I met Andy at a party in 1995. Soon afterward, he phoned the host, a mutual friend, to get my number so he could invite me to a play. As it happened, the mutual friend, hearing the description of Somewhere in the Pacific, a gay–World War II–sailor drama at Playwrights Horizons, grabbed the extra ticket for himself, so I didn’t go out with Andy until a couple of weeks later, and then only to a movie. But in the ensuing 21 years we’ve seen more than 1,000 shows together. It has often been my job to see them, but we would probably have gone anyway, or to as many of them as we could have afforded. Not just for the entertainment or enrichment; God knows, those have been spotty. But of all the places in the world where one may share important experiences in public — concert halls, natural monuments, political gatherings — the theater in New York is the only one that allows us to feel completely comfortable, as gay men of a certain vintage, holding hands. The theater, with its relatively small and fairly homogenous audience, has been a safe space, the safest space, for us.
But should it be?
HAMILTON Chicago Show Interrupted by Angry Trump Supporter By Devon Ivie
Donald Trump and Mike Pence's fun Hamilton-filled weekend just got another chapter in the Windy City. As reported by Broadway World, during a Saturday evening performance of Hamilton at Chicago's PrivateBank Theatre, an "intoxicated" Trump-supporting audience member in the balcony interrupted the number "Dear Theodosia" by yelling: "We won! You lost! Get over it! Fuck you!" Other profane disturbances by the attendee allegedly began after "immigrants, we get the job done" from the song "Yorktown" was delivered a few minutes beforehand — many audience members cheered at the line — and quickly escalated to the "Dear Theodosia" outburst. The attendee was removed by venue staff, and although there was a "struggle with security," the person left without police involvement.
Questlove Reveals How Lin-Manuel Miranda Would Don a Disguise to Watch Celebrities in the Hamilton Audience
By Halle Kiefer
As it turns out, that weird guy you saw in the bright blonde wig, coke-bottle glasses, and fake handlebar mustache staring at President Obama throughout the entirety of Hamilton was not, as you assumed, a potential security threat. It was Lin-Manuel Miranda! Hope the musical's creator and former leading man was okay with Questlove just absolutely blowing up his spot, because now the world knows Lin-Manuel Miranda used to purposely invite celebrity guests to Hamilton so he could watch their reaction to the show ... while in disguise. As Questlove told Entertainment Weekly :
“Whenever a high-profile celebrity would come, or someone of Obama’s caliber, Lin would not do Hamilton. So there’s a whole bunch of high-profile people like the president, and Oprah, [where] Lin would rather watch them watch the show.
New York Scalpers Who Use Ticket Bots Will Soon Face Jail Time
By Halle Kiefer
Ruin as many family vacations as you can between now and the end of January, scalpers who employ ticket bots. After that, it's on to the next grift. As of February 2017, the use of ticketing purchasing software, already illegal in New York State, is now punishable with jail time. Championed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Senator Chuck Schumer, and anyone who's tried to buy a ticket to anything, only to immediately find the show sold out and StubHub flooded with jacked-up prices, the bill (S.8123/A.10713) creates a "class A misdemeanor for using ticket bots, maintaining an interest in or control of 'bots,' and reselling tickets knowingly obtained with ticket bots." The punishment can include both fines and imprisonment
Theater Review: Can SWEET CHARITY Still Work?
By Jesse Green
…Though she has no moral compunction about her trade — one of the other “hostesses” at the Fan-Dango Ballroom quips that they don’t so much dance as defend themselves to music — she wants more out of life than serial thug boyfriends and being groped lovelessly. “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This,” “Baby, Dream Your Dream,” and “Where Am I Going?” are the titles of three of the top-drawer Cy Coleman–Dorothy Fields songs.
But Charity is no woke woman; she’s still pre-feminist, and so is the Neil Simon book. It is framed by two acts of humiliation that were apparently thought comic even as late as 2005, when the show was last revived on Broadway. Precisely because we can no longer endorse with laughter the theft of Charity’s life savings by a boyfriend, let alone her being pushed into the Central Park lake — twice! — the director Leigh Silverman has had to find another way to look at the material. In the stripped-down and stirring New Group revival that opens tonight in an Off Broadway production starring the astonishing Sutton Foster, Silverman has in many ways succeeded. Where the original essentially sublimated the story’s darkness into its brilliant Fosse razzmatazz, and ended with a Good Fairy promising a change of luck and neon lights announcing that Charity lives “hopefully ever after,” this one never lets you forget that it is fundamentally about women endangered by men, poverty, and a lack of education. Transposing the turbulent “Where Am I Going?” from its original position in the middle of the second act and combining it with a haunting reprise of the opening number, “You Should See Yourself,” Silverman’s production ends not with hope or moxie but a nervous breakdown.
John Goodman, Nathan Lane, and John Slattery on Playing Journalists in The Front Page
By Alex Morris
Two stars of The Front Page, Nathan Lane and John Slattery, are in the back room of a Chelsea Italian joint waiting for a third, John Goodman. “He was in a car right behind us,” Lane says before shrugging, ordering a Chardonnay, and settling in to reminisce with Slattery about a play, The Lisbon Traviata, that they did together back in 1989. “Nathan was the toast of the town — I mean, it was a hilarious part,” says Slattery. “And I was naked. I made my New York theater debut naked. It was horrifying.” Soon, the pair — now joined at dinner by Goodman, who’s had a preprandial smoke — will again team up and begin rehearsals for their revival of The Front Page, a 1928 play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur about a band of salty newspapermen waiting for a hanging, reveling in gallows humor, and making up headlines as they go.
See Titus From Kimmy Schmidt’s Hamilton Audition
What time is it? Showtime! To celebrate Hamilton's not-quite-record-breaking 11 Tony wins Sunday night, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt revealed the immortal Titus Andromedon's video audition for the hip-hop musical. Unfortunately, Titus, like most people, hasn't seen Hamilton, and, also like most people, his knowledge of Alexander Hamilton's life is confined to two facts: He's on the $10 bill, and he wore a big, white, puffy wig. (This second one might not be true; by 1800, James Madison was pretty much the only Founding Father still wearing a wig.) Lin-Manuel Miranda is apparently leaving the show next month; will history have its eyes on Titus?