Hamilton Dramaturgy's TheatreNow!

TheatreNow! Expands in 2013

2013 was a year in which I worked on building TheatreNow!’s platform.

We have expanded internationally as well as in the U.S., and now have Representatives for many areas:

US Representative: Cate Cammarata
Asia Representative: Walter Byongsok Chon
UK Representative: Natalie Pandya
South America Representative: Thais Flaitt
Young Audience Development Representative: Danica Rodriguez

In April, Natalie, a recent Oxford University graduate (St. Catherine’s College), corresponded with leading UK universities and conservatories about the podcast, laying the groundwork for greater dissemination there. Natalie now works for the BBC.

During the summer, Danica, a rising senior at the prestigious Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School in Manhattan, created a proposal for introducing the podcast to young adults and theatre aficionados.

In December, I invited Thais Flaitt, a recent M.A. graduate of the University of Nebraska Omaha, to serve as our South America representative. A native of Brazil, Thais is a skilled scholar, director, and translator.

Several hundred people have listened to the audio postings on the Soundcloud site. In addition, the TheatreNow! blog (https://theatrenow.wordpress.com) drew visitors from 57 countries, and the top podcasts viewed were with Paule Constable and Jennifer Tipton, lighting designers.

The TheatreNow! website (http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com) continues to attract many visitors. Helaine’s design and archiving expertise show off the podcasts well.

2014 will bring an expansion of the program, and a posting of new podcasts, including Maria Alexandria Beech, Murielle Borst Tarrant, and Judith Malina, to complete Season Three.

Thank you for all your support and I am looking forward to expanding the program in 2014.

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

LaMaMa Presents LUZ

Congratulations to Season One guest Catherine Filloux, whose play LUZ will be performed at LaMaMa in New York City this Fall.

September 28 – October 14, 2012

Wed – Friday at 7:30pm, Sat at 2:30pm & 7:30pm, Sun at 2:30pm

*Opens Friday, September 28

 By Catherine Filloux

Directed by Jose Zayas

Music by Sergio R. Reyes

A Watson Arts Project

From the garbage dump in Guatemala City, to the tent cities in Haiti, to the toxic oil ponds where birds expire, Luz, Helene and Zia -survivors of targeted violence-with the help of human rights lawyer Alexandra search for hope in the unlikeliest, in-between places. LUZ is a play that is at once volatile and tender, entertaining and surreal.

For more information visit www.watsonarts.org

Stage Manager: Courtney James*

Set Designer: Maruti Evans

Lighting Designer: Yi Zhao

Costume Designer: Carla Bellisio

Sound Designer: David Lawson

Puppet Design: Emily DeCola and The Puppet Kitchen

Starring Kim Brockington*, Peter Jay Fernandez*, Lynnette R. Freeman*, Bobby Plasencia*, Kimber Riddle*, Steven Rishard*, Julissa Roman,  and Teresa Yenque*

* Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

First Floor Theatre at La MaMa, (212) 475-7710, 74A East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue & The Bowery)  lamama.org

Catherine Filloux’s LUZ at La MaMa

Catherine Filloux‘s new play is slated for an autum production in NYC. Congratulations to our Season One guest. She just received a Lambent Foundation Grant for the play’s development, and is an Artist in Residence at La MaMa. In other news, she been commissioned to write a libretto for the Houston Grand Opera in Texas to premiere in June 2012 – SONG OF HOUSTON: EAST & WEST. The composer is John Glover .

Here is a message from Catherine:

I am thrilled to be working with Guatemalan violinist/composer Sergio Reyes on my new play, LUZ, to be produced at La MaMa in New York City, September 27, 2012 – October 14, 2012.

In the words of the play’s director Jose Zayas:  “LUZ is a play that takes a hard look at gender based violence on a global scale and makes shocking connections between corporate and human rights law practices. It’s an intelligent, passionate and fiercely political play that never loses its narrative drive.”

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!

Thank you so much for your interest in TheatreNow!

On TheatreNow! I interview important contemporary female theatre artists, and I would like to make this series a seminal program that people from all over the world will listen to in the years to come. The podcasts  are also posted on my blog at http://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com

TheatreNow! creates an online presence and library of female theatre experts’ ideas and opinions. I serve as Producer and Host, and Linsey Bostwick serves as Editor.

I’ve already posted conversations with: Quiara Alegria Hudes (playwright/librettist); Kristin Marting (director/artistic director); Claire Lautier (actor); Valentina Fratti (director/playwright); Ruth Margraff (musician/composer/writer); Yvette Heyliger (playwright) and Yvonne Farrow (actor/choralographer).

Others who have agreed to appear: Lynn Nottage (Pulitzer Prize winning playwright), Danai Guriri (actor/playwright), Laura Maria Censabella (playwright), Kamilah Forbes (writer/producer/curator), Alexandra Maria Beech (playwright)  and Anne Kauffman (director).

Rather than be a series focusing on biographical details, I conduct the interviews in such a way as to focus on each woman’s early artistic influences, her own assessment of her contribution to the professional theatre, and her artistic process. I also plan to post a written bio (also in digital form) from each subject on my blog http://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress. com near the podcast.

I am very excited to create a lasting and seminal podcast series which ensure that women theatre artists can reveal and discuss their creative processes and influences.

Sincerely, Anne Hamilton – Producer and Host

Catherine Filloux’s DOG AND WOLF Meets the Community in NYC

Dog and Wolf Meets the Community

Watson Arts will present 7 readings of Catherine Filloux’s new play, Dog and Wolf. When Jasmina, a political refugee seeking asylum in the U.S., suddenly disappears, her lawyer must track her down. Who is the dog? Who is the wolf? A psychological and political play of intrigue, identity and pursuit. The full schedule can be found below.  The readings run one hour, are followed by discussion, and everything is free. These presentations are part of an innovative effort by the playwright, to bring a theater experience to areas where theatergoing isn’t necessarily part of the everyday culture, and to focus on the neighborhood’s feelings and concerns surrounding issues raised in the play. Childcare and refreshments will be provided at some venues.  The play is directed by Jean Randich and performed by a company of actors including: Snezana Bogdanovic, Nadia Bowers, Aysan Celik, Lynn Cohen, John Daggett, Daniela Dakic, Elizabeth Hess and Antoinette LaVecchia.  Production manager: Sarah E. Peterson and stage manager: Jes Levine.  Dog and Wolf was produced earlier this year in a sold-out run at 59E59 Theaters in NYC.   The first community reading was at Still Waters in a Storm in Brooklyn this summer.  Please feel free to request a copy of the script or call/email with any questions.

November 5, 2010 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Rita’s Refugee Center
2342 Andrews Ave # 1, Bronx, NY 10468

November 9, 2010 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Culturehub
In association with Center for Justice and Reconciliation, Sarajevo, Bosnia
47 Great Jones St. 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012

November 12, 2010 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Independence Care System New York
In association with the NYC-Southern NY Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society & Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts
25 Elm Place, 5th Floor (between Livingston Street and Fulton Mall) Brooklyn, NY 11201

November 14, 2010 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. YM & YWHA of Washington Heights, Inwood
With People’s Theatre Project 54 Nagle Avenue, New York, NY 10040

November 16, 2010 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Hour Children @ Immaculate Conception School
179-14 Dalny Road, Jamaica, NY 11432

November 18, 2010 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Isabella Geriatric Center
With People’s Theatre Project 525 Audubon Avenue, New York, NY 10040

December 1, 2010 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Anne Frank Center
38 Crosby Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10013  http://www.annefrank.com/

Listen to: TheatreNow! Interview with Catherine Filloux – Part I -Thursday, 03 June 2010

Listen to: TheatreNow! Interview with Catherine Filloux – Part II – Thursday, 03 June 2010

See more Interviews and Features about Catherine on her website:  http://www.catherinefilloux.com/links.html

Welcome to Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! – An Interview with Catherine Filloux, Parts I and II

Catherine Filloux is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for the past twenty years.  Her plays, and music theater pieces, have been produced in New York and around the world.

TheatreNow! Interview with Catherine Filloux – Part I -Thursday, 03 June 2010

Please also visit Part II, below. (For a faster download, please close out Part I first.)

TheatreNow! Interview with Catherine Filloux – Part II – Thursday, 03 June 2010

Catherine made the following statement at the NO PASSPORT conference in New York City. You can also download it  here:  Between You and Me, an Essay by Catherine Filloux.

For more interviews/features on Catherine, see http://www.catherinefilloux.com/links.html

Between You and Me

By Catherine Filloux
NoPassport Conference at Nuyorican Poets Café – February 26, 2010

All my plays have an American entry point.  Though “American” is not the appropriate word.  I love the United States of America: the idea that freedom is everyone’s birthright. In my play Silence of God, I exposed a secret capture plan by the U.S. to jail Pol Pot decades after the Khmer Rouge genocide.  The U.S. government always knew where Pol Pot was but was caught up in superpower politics that made it inconvenient to get him.  The U.S. government knows where Bosnian Serb military chief Mladic is (his house was just raided in Belgrade) but our priorities are elsewhere.  What is the U.S. doing in the world through its control of oil, the military complex, and its passion for fear as a tool of repression?   I think no discussion about genocide can exist without my acknowledgment of the Native American genocide. I grew up going to school in Toulon, France and my fellow students would say to me as they passed me in the hall:  “Vous avez tué les indiens.” And I would say to myself in shock and embarrassment: “I killed the Indians?” My new play involves a tribe that is suing the federal government for actions resulting in “destruction” to the tribe’s sacred cultural sites.  What’s more valuable: sacred, cultural sites or agribusiness profits?  All my plays are about my own complicity: that of being from the United States.  Rather than being some kind of punishment towards myself (or my country) I believe this work is the most hopeful, optimistic way I can find, as a theater artist, to fight repression and abuse. And to fight violence against women. The U.S. government didn’t sign the Kyoto Protocol; doesn’t believe in the ICC; waited three decades to sign Raphael Lemkin’s genocide convention; and our military pays private corporations to build land mines. It’s exactly because my immigrant parents and I loved the poetry at the heart of this nation that I am suffering at its gross misrepresentation around the world. The constitution is a document under siege. There’s only one thing holding us back from change in the U.S. and that’s the same two letters: Us.  There’s only one thing holding me back from change in the U.S. and that word also has two letters: me.

You can follow Catherine’s career at www.catherinefilloux.com

— Anne Hamilton, Dramaturg and Playwright. www.hamiltonlit.com

TheatreNow! Staff: Anne Hamilton, Producer and Host; Linsey Bostwick, Editor