It’s Christmas Day! In case you somehow missed it (it’d be impossible to), this means the much awaited film production of Into the Woods is now in theaters. The buzz has been on for months with new cast members, clips, songs and articles released seemingly every day. Will you be watching? While we’re happy that a big budget musical is being released for the holidays, we won’t be. Why you ask? Read on to find out more…
Lorraine Hansberry has left an inimitable legacy that has changed the world, and shaped the perspective of the greatest artists of every generation that has followed. Remarkably known for A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry was the first black playwright, and the youngest American, to win a New York Critics’ Award. This play, about a struggling black family in Chicago, was the first play on Broadway produced by an African-American woman opening at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on March 11, 1959.
Have you heard of this??
Every year the Public Theater hosts a group of emerging playwrights, and in the spring they present free readings of all their shows.
‘EWG, which targets playwrights at the early stages of their career, is part of the Public Writers Initiative, a long-term program that supports and develops works by writers throughout their careers. The program has produced 50-70 readings and workshops per season in recent years.’
More detailed information on the program can be found in this Playbill article.
Clickhere for a list of the playwrights, dates/times of the readings, and a brief synopsis of the shows.
The Public’s blog also features the writers. Check it out here.
I went last year and thought it was a really solid opportunity to stay current with the theater community. I was exposed to a lot of promising material and the work was great. An added benefit?? Many of the playwrights and directors are artists of color. Matthew and I will be attending some of shows and hope to cover them on here in the future!
Tickets for the Emerging Writers Group Spotlight Series are free, but must be reserved in advance by calling the Public Theater Box Office at 212.967.7555.