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HOMEBODIES Reading Tomorrow in NYC

Congratulations to Maria Alexandria Beech, whose new play HOMEBODIES will be read tomorrow in New York City. Alex was a guest on Season Three of TheatreNow! You can read a transcript of the interview at http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com/season-three/maria-alexandria-beech/

You’re invited to a reading of

HOMEBODIES

By Alex Beech

Directed by Michelle Bossy

The cast includes Socorro Santiago, Florencia Lozano, Cathy Curtin, Omar Koury, and Jorge Cordova

Primary Stages Studio, 307 W 38th St, #1510

Sunday, April 28th, 3pm

It’s a sort of farce. About upstairs/downstairs neighbors in a brownstone.

To rsvp, write readings@primarystages.org

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BCWJ Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech

Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech
By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

Maria Alexandria Beech is a playwright and librettist living in New York. She has written over fifteen full-length plays, several as a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages Theatre, which co-produced her play LITTLE MONSTERS at Brandeis Theatre Company. Her full-length musical titled CLASS, with Karl Michael Johnson, was presented in a reading in May, 2012 at NYU.
AH: Alex, I know that you hold an MFA from Columbia University. Now you have a second, this time from NYU.

MB: It’s in musical theatre writing. It is a true honor. One would think that writing a musical and writing a play are similar processes, but in fact they’re not. They each require their own craft and their own knowledge base.

AH: What is CLASS about?

MB: It’s based on a play that I wrote in the writers group at Primary Stages, about a girl who is struggling with alcoholism and she signs up for a summer school class in New Orleans in 1987. And so this girl walks into the situation, and the professor has recently learned that she doesn’t have much longer to live.

It was a real challenge to adapt as a musical, in the sense that it is very much a play as it exists. It was an homage not only to a professor that I had, who was dying of cancer and who had to face students who wanted to use her illness against her, but it was an homage to professors and teachers I had had growing up.

AH: Tell us about your reading at NYU.

One of the things that I learned is that musical theatre is still very much about that well-made musical, that traditional structure of the well-made musical, and the opening number and the closing number. One of my goals is to still honor that tradition, but kind of also do other things and explore more. [I’d like to] not look at the book or the dialogue just as a bridge between the songs. I think the songs could be little kind of poems that stand alone.

Anne Hamilton has 22 years of experience in the professional theatre in NYC, across the nation, and internationally. She is available for script consultations and career advising through hamiltonlit@hotmail.com. Season Three of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! launched with an interview with Kate Valk, a leading actress with The Wooster Group.

Download the interview here: BCWJ Profile of Maria Alexandria Beech by Anne Hamilton



TheatreNow! Interview with Maria Alexandria Beech

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! is a podcast series featuring some of the most exciting women artists working in the theatre today. Anne Hamilton is the producer and host. You may listen to the podcasts and read the transcripts at http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com

  • Interview with Maria Alexandria Beech, Playwright, Bookwriter and Lyricist
    (Season 3, Episode 4, Recorded July 10, 2012)
    Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Interview with Maria Alexandria Beech

    Maria Alexandria Beech is a playwright and librettist living in New York. She has written over fifteen full-length plays, several as a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages Theatre, which co-produced her play LITTLE MONSTERS at Brandeis Theatre Company. Her full-length musical titled CLASS, with Karl Michael Johnson, was presented in a reading in May, 2012 at NYU.

    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.



  • Master List of Artists on TheatreNow! Podcasts

    Thank you for visiting TheatreNow!’s blog. Our podcasts and transcripts are now located on the site http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com

    Please click on the titles below to listen to the podcasts. And make sure to subscribe to the website so you’ll receive all of our new interviews!

    Season 1

    Inaugural Episode  – Quiara Alegria Hudes, Playwright and Librettist

    Episode 2 – Claire Lautier, Actress

    Episode 3 – Ruth Margraff, Musician, Composer, and Playwright

    Episode 4 – Kristin Marting, Artistic Director, Producer, and Director

    Episode 5 – Valentina Fratti, Artistic Director, Producer, and Director

    Episode  6 – Catherine Filloux, Parts 1 and 2, Playwright

    Episode 7-  Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow, Parts 1 and 2

    Yvette Heyliger, Producer, Playwright, and Director

    Yvonne Farrow, Producer, Actor, and Choralographer

    Season 2

    Episode 1 – Kamilah Forbes, Artistic Director, Director, and Actor

    Episode 2 – Laura Maria Censabella, Playwright, Screenwriter, and Educator

    Episode 3 – Paule Constable, Lighting Designer

    Episode 4 – Fran Tarr, Playwright, Filmmaker, and Educator

    Episode 5 – Jennifer Tipton. Lighting Designer

    Season 3

    Episode 1 – Kate Valk, Actress, The Wooster Group

    Episode 2 – Rae Smith, Set and Costume Designer

    Episode 3 – Margo Jefferson, Theatre and Cultural Critic

    Episode 4 – Maria Alexandria Beech, Playwright, Bookwriter and Lyricist

    Episode 5 – Murielle Borst Tarrant, Playwright, Director, Producer

    Episode 6 – Judith Malina, Co-Founder, The Living Theatre

    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.



    Announcing Season Three

    http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com

    Announcing Season Three, coming soon:

    Kate Valk, Actress, The Wooster Group

    Rae Smith, Set and Costume Designer

    Margo Jefferson, Theatre and Cultural Critic

    Maria Alexandria Beech, Playwright, Bookwriter and Lyricist

    Murielle Borst Tarrant, Playwright, Director and Producer

    Judith Malina, Co-Founder, The Living Theatre

    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.



    Season Two of TheatreNow! Launches

    Kamilah Forbes, the award-winning artist and the Artistic Director of the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, appears as the first guest in Season Two of TheatreNow!

    Please tune in by clicking here: Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Interview with Kamilah Forbes

    You can read a transcript of the interview here.

    Upcoming guests include Laura Maria Censabella, Paule Constable, Maria Alexandria Beech and Linsey Bostwick.