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La MaMa in New York City presented the Urban Indigenous Arts & Culture Symposium performance of DON’T FEED THE INDIANS – A DIVINE COMEDY PAGEANT livestreaming from CultureHub on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday November 14.

Murielle Borst Tarrant spoke about creating this pieces as a guest of TheatreNow (Season Three). Here is the transcript of our discussion: Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Interview with Murielle Borst Tarrant.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: http://youtu.be/41Vj9u0Ig-M

THE DRAMATIST Magazine – Quiara Alegria Hudes on Subject

THE DRAMATIST - Quiara Alegria Hudes on Subject

Congratulations to Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!’s Inaugural Podcast guest Quiara Alegria Hudes. She leads off the cover story of this month’s THE DRAMATIST magazine with an article on “Subject”.

Yvette Heyliger on the Artist as Activist

Here is a new HowlRound article by TheatreNow! Season One guest Yvette Heyliger.

Excerpt: “Artists are the gate keepers of truth. We are civilization’s radical voice.” so said singer, actor, social activist, lawyer and athlete, the great Paul Robeson. Robeson may not have been the first, but he was certainly one of the most outspoken citizen-artists of his day, choosing to set aside his theatrical career to become politically involved—fighting for the causes he believed in, even though it meant his own financial ruin.

What makes a human being, against his own “best interests,” fight for those less fortunate, for the voiceless and the downtrodden?

– See more at: http://howlround.com/artist-as-activist-civilization%E2%80%99s-radical-voice#sthash.ijwCZ3oF.dpuf

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


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

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.


    Here is the latest news from Season One’s guests Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow, who continue to show civic pride and responsibility.


    Calling all Playwrights, Actors, and Directors

    Writing the Election is a non-partisan theatre/voter registration event.  This purpose of this event, supported by Classical Theatre of Harlem and New Black Fest, is to come together as a theatre community to share our work in the service of boosting low voter registration.  The Daily News reported that, “New York ranks 47th in the nation, with less than 64% of eligible residents registered.”  The last day to register to vote In New York is Tuesday, October 9th.

    Writing the Election 2012. Produced by Twinbiz and hosted by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre on Monday, October 29th in Harlem  This non-partisan community event is free and open to the public.  On-going voter registration will be held in the lobby.  You can RSVP for this event on President Obama’s web site.

    In this non-partisan theatre/voter registration event, writers of all stripes are invited to submit ten-minute plays, short scenes or monologues about the upcoming presidential election. Subject matter can include (but is not limited to) any aspect of the political process: the issues, civic life, government, ideals vs. reality, leadership, public service, voting, etc. Diversity of opinions on either side of the aisle and in-between are welcome! These non-partisan plays, moderated by a guest political pundit, are being read to celebrate the joy of democracy and to inspire citizens to get out and vote on Election Day.

    Scripts must be submitted no later than September 21st at 11:59pm.  For more information and to submit your play* or your directing resume, please contact: Yvette Heyliger at  Writing the Election. Actors with cold-reading skills should email/bring pix and resume for on-site casting beginning at 6:00pm.  There is no submission fee for playwrights.  There is no compensation for the actors or directors.
    * Plays should be no longer than ten pages, in 12 point Times New Roman font, and in standard playwriting format.  Monologues should be one page only and in 12 point Times New Roman font.

    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

    Twinbiz in New York June 28th
    Congratulations to Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow, who were guests in Season One. They will appear on Thursday in NYC in a new play by Yvette.
    A New Play by
    Yvette Heyliger
    competing in
    The Ken Davenport
    Ten-Minute Play Contest
    Middle-aged twin sisters, Bernadine and Bernadette, seek an autograph and some face-time with the heart throb of stage and screen to whom they gave an unforgettable night in their youth.  Showtime: Thursday, June 28th @ 7pm; 250 West 49th Street, 3rd floor; tickets are only ten bucks! The audience helps distinguished judges pick the $500 grand prize winner!  Featuring twins, Yvette and Yvonne, with direction by Mario Giacalone

    Ruth Margraff’s ANGER/FLY

    Congratulations to Season One guest Ruth Margraff, who has a new show in Chicago.

    ANGER / FLY opening this week!

    written by: Ruth Margraff

    directed by: Kate Hendrickson

    May 24 – June 30, 2012

    Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm

    Trap Door Theatre, Chicago, IL, United States

    Purchase Tickets

    Inspired by a short Ionesco film scenario, ANGER/FLY expands the story of a perfect little town that erupts in a riot when all the husbands find flies in their soup.  This dark absurdist comedy explores a tramp as gypsy, communism as cyclical utopian apocalypse, and marriage as manic ritual.


    Congratulations to Season Two guest Laura Maria Censabella, whose two short plays POSING and STONES FALL, BIRDS FLY are playing in A GIRL WROTE IT in NYC.

    The short work of 7 women playwrights is currently being produced by Wide Eyed Presents “A Girl Wrote It” ( http://www.facebook.com/events/385393858161761/) at the Richmond Shepard Theatre next weekend through May 13th. The playwrights include Laura Maria Censabella, Bekah Brunstetter, Judith Goudsmit, Heather Lynn MacDonald, Diedre O’Connor, Liz Magee and Erin Singleton.

    A Girl Wrote It is back again after its critical success in 2011. This year, Wide Eyed Productions has upped the ante by bringing together some of the most gifted emerging and established female playwrights being produced today.

    From first flings and early love to failing bonds, exploration, and erotic courtship, the five stories in this year’s A Girl Wrote It will present comedies and dramas that explore relationships and contemporary issues which press and spark our imaginations.

    Check out the Wide Eyed Blog for more info on the shows, playwrights, performers and more: http://wideeyednyc.blogspot.com/

    Read more details here: A GIRL WROTE IT in NYC