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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”.


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.

Anne Hamilton Interviewed on Cultural Weekly

There’s a great article on my thoughts on dramaturgy posted on Cultural Weekly’s website. Jaz Dorsey interviewed me. Read on at http://www.culturalweekly.com/theatre-dramaturgs-profession.html


I describe myself as a literary and historical advisor to the playwright, director, or theatre company I am working with.

Just like an actor or an artist, I believe that the dramaturg’s position in the field derives from her output.

Dramaturgy is a practical profession. We give advice and support to help the playwright advance her play to its next level. We provide and share research in pre-production, and write program notes. We translate and adapt.

Almost everyone in the theatre profession performs dramaturgical duties…

Quiara Alegria Hudes Wins Pulitzer Prize

Congratulations to Quiara Alegria Hudes, who has won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. She served as our guest for the inaugural podcast for Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!

The Pulitzer Prize in Drama is given for a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life. The award is for WATER BY THE SPOONFUL, an imaginative play about the search for meaning by a returning Iraq war veteran working in a sandwich shop in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Congratulations, Quiara.

Please listen to Quiara speak about her early artistic influences and her artistic process here: Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Inaugural Podcast with Quiara Alegria Hudes.

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.

A Message from Quiara Alegria Hudes

Here is some great news from Quiara Alegria Hudes, TheatreNow!’s first guest artist.

Dear friends and colleagues,

In 2006, my play (and proudest piece of writing) Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, was produced in New York, directed by Davis McCallum and featuring the outstanding Armando Riesco as Elliot and Zabryna Guevara as Ginny.

The story now continues with the second play in this triolgy. Please join me at Hartford Stage Company in Connecticut for the world premiere of Water By the Spoonful, part two of Elliot’s journey. The role of Elliot will once again be played by Riesco, and Guevara returns, this time as Ginny’s niece, Yazmin. Davis McCallum’s directing looks to be even more engrossing and exciting than last time.

Water By the Spoonful is about addiction, recovery, adoption, and choosing your adult path, all set to John Coltrane’s jazz. It is a large, sprawling piece of work set in Japan, Philly, San Diego, and Puerto Rico. I am very proud of this one.

Here are the details:

Water By the Spoonful

by Quiara Alegría Hudes

directed by Davis McCallum

Hartford Stage Company

October 20-November 13

Featuring Matthew Boston, Liza Colon-Zayas, Demosthenes Chrysan, Zabryna Guevara, Teresa Lim, Armando Riesco, and Ray Anthony Thomas.

For tickets and the performance schedule visit the Hartford Stage Company’s website here. For travel, both the Amtrak Hartford Station and the Megabus Hartford Stations are close to the theater.

Thanks, and I hope to see you there,


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

Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Inaugural Podcast with Quiara Alegria Hudes

Welcome to the inaugural interview in my TheatreNow! podcast series of important contemporary female theatre artists. Ms. Hudes is a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee (2007, ELLIOT: A SOLDIER’S FUGUE and 2008, Book Writer for IN THE HEIGHTS) and a Tony-Award nominee (2008, IN THE HEIGHTS). She shares with us her early artistic influences and artistic process. Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! Inaugural Podcast with Quiara Alegria Hudes You can follow Quiara’s career at www.quiara.com

— Anne Hamilton, Dramaturg and Playwright.  http://www.hamiltonlit.com  hamiltonlit@hotmail.com

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