The celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 before moving to Broadway the following spring, where it still enjoys an open-ended run. Retaining the film's heartfelt music and lyrics by The Swell Season, Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by a shared love of music. Once received eleven Tony Award nominations and eight wins, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical (by Enda Walsh), and will begin performances in London's West End on March 16.

 

David Mamet's The Anarchist completed its world premiere on Broadway in December under the direction of the playwright and starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger. Set in a female penitentiary, the two-woman drama is about Cathy, a longtime inmate with ties to a violent political organization who pleads for parole from the warden, Ann. The world premiere occurred in conjunction with a star-studded revival of Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale. 

 

In The Lyons, Rita Lyons is the matriarch of a family facing a major crossroads. Her husband, Ben, is dying and her grown children are struggling. As the family gathers in Ben's hospital room, they discover that they're as terrified of being together as they are of being alone. Nicky Silver's critically acclaimed black comedy premiered Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in fall 2011 before moving to Broadway the following spring, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play. As Nicky told TCG, "I made one substantial change to the play between the Vineyard and Broadway. (I cut a short scene of direct address at the top of ACT II.) This allowed the audience to experience ACT II quite differently: They were in the same kind of play they'd been in before the intermission. So they laughed harder and longer - until things took a very dark turn."

 



Starting with the first performance of Aeschylus' The Oresteia in 458 BC and ending with the premiere of Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem in London of 2009 AD, former New York Times critic and chief theatre critic of the Times (London) for over 20 years, Benedict Nightingale describes Great Moments in the Theatre (Oberon Books). Each informative and engaging entry is between 650 and 850 words in length and covers a remarkable diversity of theatrical openings and events including Dustin Hoffman's star-turn in Death of a Salesman, Macready's Macbeth (1849) which induced over 20,000 people to riot in New York, the boundary-breaking A Raisin in the Sun (1959) and Synge's Playboy of the Western World (1907), which provoked serious riots in Dublin.

 

In Two Minds (Oberon Books) is the first comprehensive biography of Jonathan Miller, the controversial humorist, public intellectual and TV personality who first shot to fame co-starring with Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett in Beyond the Fringe, the groundbreaking satirical revue which became a Tony Award-winning Broadway hit. Miller is a world-renowned director of such productions as Long Day's Journey into Night on Broadway with Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey, a staging of Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and a two-decade collaboration with Glimmerglass Opera. Including sixteen pages of photos covering Miller's life and career, and drawing on in-depth interviews by theatre critic and arts journalist Kate Bassett, In Two Minds is an illuminating portrait of one of the most multi-talented Britons of his generation.

 

With In-Depth Acting (Oberon Books), leading acting coach Dee Cannon offers a methodical and systematic approach to tackling the Stanislavski technique. This essential handbook provides actors with a comprehensive understanding of character, preparation, text, subtext and objectives, and includes how to prep for auditions, rehearsal guidelines, a helpful appendix of transitive/active verbs and more.

Doubt
by John Patrick Shanley

 

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a Catholic school principal who suspects one of her teaching fathers of abuse was made into major motion picture in 2009 directed by the playwright and starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. Academy Award nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay.

     by Alfred Uhry

 

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010 with a Broadway premiere starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave. It's perhaps best-known for its 1989 film starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy which won four Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.    

     Scorched

     by Wajdi Mouawad

 

Lebanese-born, Montreal-raised Mouawad's play (Playwrights Canada Press) about twins that journey to the Middle East to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last wishes was the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film Incendies.

 

    adapted by Jenny Worton 

 

The only adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film (Nick Hern Books) personally approved by the filmmaker made its NYC debut at Atlantic Theater Company in 2010 starring Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan. Bergman's 1961 Swedish psychodrama won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay.  
Tony Kushner

It's been an extraordinary couple of years for playwright and Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner.

 

2009 saw the writer's first new play in over a decade: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures premiered at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before being co-produced by NYC's Public Theater and Signature Theatre Company in 2011. Also in 2011 was the first New York revival at Signature Theatre Company - and the 20th anniversary - of Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes since its Tony Award-winning Broadway premiere in 1993. Next month, TCG will publish Angels in America: Revised and Complete Edition (in hardcover and paperback) that includes a new introduction by the author and his recent changes from the NYC revival.

 

A testament to his talent, since the 2010-2011 season alone, there has been dozens of productions of Kushner's work - Angels in America; Caroline, or Change; The Dybbuk; Homebody/Kabul; The Illusion - across the U.S., including productions at Wilma Theater (PA), EgoPo Classic Theater (PA), The Human Race Theatre Company (OH), A Noise Within (CA), North Carolina Stage Company, PCPA Theaterfest (CA), Portland Playhouse (OR), Syracuse Stage (NY), Triad Stage (NC), Curious Theatre Company (CO), PlayMakers Repertory Company (NC) and The Salt Lake Acting Company (UT).

 

  In the midst of all his theatre work, Tony Kushner has also found the time - ten year's worth, in fact - to pen the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed film about the 16th U.S. President's tumultuous final months in office attempting to ratify the 13th amendment. Lincoln has been nominated for twelve Academy Awards - the most of any nominated film this year - including Best Adapted Screenplay. This is the duo's second collaboration together: Kushner was also nominated for his adapted screenplay for Spielberg's Munich (2005).

 

For a fascinating critical look at the film and the other Academy Awards Best Picture contenders, check out Frank Rich's article in New York magazine, "Torture, Compromise, Revenge," and to read Kushner's full response to Rep. Joseph Courtney (who criticized the film, citing historical inaccuracy), see the Wall Street Journal article "Tony Kushner Fires Back at Congressman's Lincoln Criticism"  in which the screenwriter states:

 

In making changes to the voting sequence, we adhered to time-honored and completely legitimate standards for the creation of historical drama, which is what Lincoln is... Here's my rule: Ask yourself, "Did this thing happen?" If the answer is yes, then it's historical. Then ask, "Did this thing happen precisely this way?" If the answer is yes, then it's history; if the answer is no, not precisely this way, then it's historical drama.

 

The first screenplay published by TCG, Lincoln: The Screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's critically acclaimed Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham, contains eight pages of color photos from the film and is now available in limited-edition hardcover, paperback and eBook.


A Conversation with Nicky Silver 
Tuesday, February 26 at 5:00 PM
The Drama Book Shop; New York, NY

 

Nicky Silver will discuss and read from his work, including his newest Drama Desk-nominated black comedy, The Lyons, which premiered Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre before moving to Broadway - to great acclaim - last spring. Joining Mr. Silver will be Sarah Stern, Co-Artistic Director of the Vineyard, who will moderate a discussion to be followed by a Q&A and book signing.


For more info: www.dramabookshop.com.



Each month, a TCG staff member will select a TCG Books title that holds a special meaning - whether it's a show the staffer performed in, a dog-eared acting resource, a writer that continually inspires or simply a favorite play - and we will offer a special 50% discount off that title for the month. For February, Zach Chotzen-Freund, publications associate, has selected David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face, and
TCG Bestsellers

(Jan - Feb 2013) 

 

1. Lincoln: The Screenplay
by Tony Kushner     

 

2. Angels in America:
A Gay Fantasia on
National Themes

by Tony Kushner

 

3. The Anarchist
by David Mamet

 

4. Angels in America,
Part One: Millenium Approaches

by Tony Kushner

 

5. Water by the Spoonful
by Quiara Alegría Hudes

 

6. Spring Awakening
by Steven Sater and
Duncan Sheik

 

7. A Tempest

by Aimé Césaire

 

8. Jerusalem

by Jez Butterworth

 

9. Chinglish

by David Henry Hwang

 

10. Topdog/Underdog

by Suzan-Lori Parks

 

TCG Titles Currently in Production

 

February - March

 

Good People
by David Lindsday-Abaire, Arena Stage (DC)
 
Race by David Mamet, Theater J (DC)
 
The Piano Lesson
by August Wilson, American Stage (FL)
 
Two Trains Running 
by August Wilson,

True Colors Theatre Company
(GA)
 
Middletown
 
Spring Awakening
by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts (MD)  
 
Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, Meadow Brook Theatre (MI)
 
Good People
by David Lindsay-Abaire, Performance Network Theatre (MI)
 
Good People
by David Lindsay-Abaire,
Unicorn Theatre
(MO)
 
Passion by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim, Classic Stage Company (NY)
 
The Dance and the Railroad by David Henry Hwang, Signature Theatre Company (NY)
 
Two Trains Running
by August Wilson, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR)


March - April

Assassins
by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, Cygnet Theatre Company (CA)

 

Spring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, La Mirada Theatre for the 
Performing Arts
(CA)

 

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, A Noise Within (CA)

 

Time Stands Still
by Donald Margulies, North Coast Repertory Theatre (CA)

 

Good People
by David Lindsay-Abaire, Curious Theatre Company (CO)

 

Time Stands Still
by Donald Margulies, Red Barn Theatre (FL)

 

Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker, Stageworks Theatre (FL)

 

Time Stands Still
by Donald Margulies, The Public Theatre (ME)

 

The Light in the Piazza
by Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel, Theater Latte Da (MN)

 


 

Jason Loewith Named Artistic Director of Olney Theatre Center 
DC Metro Theater Arts   

 

The editor of The Director's Voice, Vol. 2, Jason Loewith, on his new position: "It is an organization with deep challenges and deeper potential. With the help of the DC theatre community I've come to love, with the passion and talent of the Olney Theatre Center staff, and with the wisdom and commitment; Managing Director Amy Marshall, all we can do is succeed."

 

For David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, a case of bad timing in China
by David Ng

Los Angeles Times

 

"They felt it would not be a good moment to do the play over there and it wouldn't get approved" by Chinese authorities, David Henry Hwang said. The playwright wanted to see Chinglish produced in mainland China, but says the Bo Xilai and Gu Kailai scandal derailed it.

 

Just Saying:
The anti-theatrical theatre of
Annie Baker
by Nathan Heller
New Yorker

 

"She thrives on confrontation," says Annie Baker's older brother, also a writer. "I think our family was hard for her sometimes, because it wasn't all that confrontational... I think her impulse was to try to hammer at our shells, to get us to be depressed more openly. I still see that shell-hammerer in Annie's work."

 

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