The Director's Voice, Volume 2 presents a cross-section of the most diverse and dynamic stage directors -- including Anne Bogart, Mark Brokaw, Moisés Kaufman, Emily Mann, Julie Taymor and George C. Wolfe -- defining today's American theatre in conversation with director/producer Jason Loewith. Much has changed in the twenty years since the first volume, The Director's Voice, debuted: "The nonprofit model has been turned on its head," Loewith notes. "Institution-building is out for these directors; creating a distinctive voice from a multiplicity of influences is in."

 

In Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, in a crumbling urban lot that has been converted into a verdant sanctuary, a young Marine comes to terms with his father's service in Vietnam, as he decides whether to leave for a second tour of duty in Iraq. Melding a poetic dreamscape with a stream-of-consciousness narrative, Elliot is the first installment of Quiara Alegría Hudes's The Elliot Trilogy, which was followed up with the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful (currently in its NYC premiere at Second Stage Theatre through January 27th) and will conclude with The Happiest Song Plays Last (to premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in April 2013).

 

Undesirable Elements is a community-specific theatre works series that examines the lives of those born into one culture but living in another. Each production grows out of an extended residency, during which Ping Chong and his collaborators conduct interviews of community members and then create a script that explores both historical and personal narratives. This volume, released in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of the Undesirable Elements series, includes four pieces of the series: the original 1992 production, Children of War (2002), UE 92/06 (anniversary production, 2006) and Inside/Out... voices from the disability community (2008). Also included is a section on methodology, interviews with collaborators, a complete production history and an introduction by Alisa Solomon.

 



In Mies Julie (Oberon Books), Yael Farber's haunting, intimate and violent retelling of August Strindberg's Miss Julie, the visceral struggles of South Africa are revealed on a remote estate eighteen years after apartheid. An Edinburgh fringe smash hit, Mies Julie is currently in the midst of its American premiere at New York City's St. Ann's Warehouse (through December 16th), where it is a New York Times Critic's Pick.

 

Heiner Müller After Shakespeare (PAJ Publications) makes available for the first time Macbeth and Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome, the last of the Shakespeare-inspired plays by the renowned German author to be translated into English. His reflections on the importance of his chosen dramatic model are highlighted in the text of his address Shakespeare A Difference, also included in the volume.

 

Andy Nyman learned the golden rules of acting the hard way, through twenty-five years of working in theatre, film and television. The Golden Rules of Acting (Nick Hern Books) offers real-world advice on how to be an actor for students, working professionals and aspiring thespians alike.  


by Conor McPherson

 

On Christmas Eve, an undertaker looks back on his life in this beautiful and meditative play by the author of the Tony Award-winning The Seafarer and Shining City.

 

 

     by Paula Vogel

Past and present collide on a snowy Christmas Eve for a troubled family of five. Combining elements of Noh theatre and Bunraku with contemporary Western sensibilities, Vogel's Ride is a mesmerizing homage to the works of Thornton Wilder.

by Paula Vogel 

Set on a chilly Christmas Eve during the latter days of the Civil War, this new holiday classic weaves a tapestry of fictional and historical characters together with festive music. This volume features a conversation between the author and noted historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, commentary on the music of the Civil War and excerpts from historical journals. Currently in production at New York Theatre Workshop under the direction of Tina Landau through December 30th.
David Henry Hwang

It's been a particularly busy couple of years for the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of M. Butterfly.  

Chinglish, his  sharp comedy about what gets lost in translation, premiered at the Goodman Theatre in summer 2011 before transferring to Broadway that fall, where it was declared the "Best American Play of 2011" (Time). Since then, the play has had a healthy regional life with productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston (through December 23rd) and South Coast Repertory Theatre (beginning January 25th). In addition, a film adaptation, helmed by director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) is currently in development, and Chinglish has also embarked on an international tour.

 

David Henry Hwang hasn't slowed down a bit, and this season he's part of Signature Theatre Company's Residency One program, which explores a series of plays from the body of work of one writer, providing in-depth insight into an individual artist. His residency consists of two revivals -- the semi-autobiographical Golden Child (through December 16th) and The Dance and the Railroad -- as well as a world premiere, Kung Fu, a play with music and dance about martial artist Bruce Lee.

 

For more about the playwright, and for a reflection on his 32-year career, check out this  New York Times profile that was published last month.


 

TCG Playwrights in Conversation
UE 92/12: 20th Anniversary Commemorative Performance

 

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Undesirable Elements, creator Ping Chong joined special guests to perform an updated version of the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Performance by himself, Talvin Wilks and Sara Zatz. Following the performance, Alisa Solomon, director of Columbia's Arts & Culture M.A. Program at the Journalism School, moderated a discussion and Q&A. The evening, hosted by TCG in partnership with the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR, also launched the TCG Books publication of Undesirable Elements: Real People, Real Lives. Real Theater.

Click here to watch a video of the event.

 

 

Upcoming Events  

 

A Conversation with Anne Bogart

Saturday, January 19 at 2 PM
Flyleaf Books; Chapel Hill, NC


Noted theatre director and Artistic Director of SITI Company, Anne Bogart, will discuss interviews she conducted with major artists and cultural thinkers -- including Oskar Eustis, Richard Foreman, Julie Taymor and Paula Vogel -- that led to the publication of her recent book, Conversations with Anne: Twenty-Four Interviews. The talk will be followed by a book signing.


For more info: www.flyleafbooks.com.

TCG Bestsellers

(Nov - Dec 2012) 

 

1. Next to Normal
by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey    

 

2. Angels in America, Part One: Millenium Approaches
by Tony Kushner

 

3. August: Osage County 
by Tracy Letts

 

4. Chinglish
by David Henry Hwang

 

5. Topdog/Underdog
by Suzan-Lori Parks

 

6. Doubt (movie tie-in)
by John Patrick Shanley

 

7. Cloud 9
by Caryl Churchill

 

8. The Vermont Plays

by Annie Baker    

 

9. Ruined
by Lynn Nottage

 

10. Into the Woods

by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim   

 

TCG Titles Currently in Production

 

December

 

In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Fountain Theatre (CA)

 

Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies, Curious Theatre Company (CO)

 

The Aliens by Annie Baker, The Studio Theatre (DC)    

 

Chinglish by David Henry Hwang, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston (MA)

 

Golden Child by David Henry Hwang, Signature Theatre Company (NY)

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, Signature Theatre Company (NY)

 

Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, Pittsburgh Public Theater (PA)

 

Collected Stories by Donald Margulies, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (WI)

 

 

January

 

Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson, Cygnet Theatre Company (CA)

 

The Brothers Size by Tarell Alvin McCraney, The Old Globe (CA)

 

Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, San Jose Repertory Theatre (CA)

 

Chinglish by David Henry Hwang, South Coast Repertory (CA)

 

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, American Stage Theatre Company (FL)

 

Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, Alliance Theatre (GA)

 

August: Osage County by Tracy Letts,  Everyman Theatre (MD)

 

Two Trains Running by August Wilson, Syracuse Stage (NY)

 

Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Burning Coal Theatre Company (NC)

 

The Road to Mecca by Athol Fugard, Profile Theatre (OR)

 

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, The Warehouse Theatre (SC)

 

A Family's Story Spans a Trilogy, and Beyond
by Alexis Soloski
New York Times

"I found there's still more to go... more depths to look into and explore." The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Water by the Spoonful, Quiara Alegría Hudes, discusses her Elliot Trilogy and its inspiration: her cousin and hometown of Philadelphia.


Lincoln writer Tony Kushner on working with Steven Spielberg

by Randee Dawn
Los Angeles Times

"When you write a play, it opens up and you have a sense of it, and it's done over and over again... With film, you feel you're feeding in these sheets, and it's sucking them in and you'll never see them again." Tony Kushner speaks to the differences between the artistic mediums, and why he would like to be remembered for more than his Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America.

 

Considering the Excesses of Protest
by David Mamet

New York Times

"Drama aspires to be a consideration of a moral dilemma, and tragedy must be such." David Mamet on his inspiration for his newest play, The Anarchist, to be published in January 2013.

 

Anne Bogart Keeps Walking with Trojan Women
by Deboreh Behrens
LA Stage Times

"If you have a limited amount of time to give back to the world that has supported you in your life, it becomes important what you contribute." Director Anne Bogart ruminates on an extraordinary career of teaching, theorizing, conversing and acting as the Artistic Director of SITI Company.

 

Congo's Pain, Told By Those Who Lived It
by Eric Grode

New York Times

"Each piece is about giving voice to the disempowered... It's about a communion between a community and a group they might consider 'other.'" Creator Ping Chong shares the inspiration for and process of his Undesirable Elements series.

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