Author Archives: Michael Q Fellmeth, Executive Director

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Micki Grant: “I Wanted to Open Eyes”

The composer and lyricist, who died at 92, was a trailblazer in virtually every field she touched.
Theater in Manhattan was bristling with Black voices in the early 1970s, but these tended to be heard in smaller spaces like the New Federal Theater, the Negro Ensemble Company and the Urban Arts Corps. Micki Grant’s “Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope” spent time in such theaters before winding its way to Broadway in 1972, making it the first time a woman had written the book, music and lyrics to a Broadway musical.
The result — four Tony Award nominations, a run of…

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Are Streamed Plays Theater or TV? Unions Settle a Dispute – The New York Times

Are Streamed Plays Theater or TV? Unions Settle a Dispute — Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA’s agreement clears the way for more entertainment during the pandemic winter.
Source: Are Streamed Plays Theater or TV? Unions Settle a Dispute – The New York Times

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Author and Master Translator Eric Bentley Has Passed

Author, master translator, and longtime friend of Broadway Play Publishing, Eric Bentley has passed away at the age of 103. Eric remained exceptionally sharp, spirited, and congenial to the end, frequently firing off emails to us from the iPad he learned to use to check on this or that production of an original play or translation or to convey that a producer had expressed interest in one of his titles, and we should follow up! In 2017, as we worked closely with him to republish his definitive English translation of Eduardo De Filippo’s classic Italian romantic comedy FILUMENA MARTURANO, sometimes…

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Kermit Frazier’s KERNEL OF SANITY

“With its themes of white privilege and black rage, Kermit Frazier’s KERNEL OF SANITY resonates powerfully today. That’s why Paula Vogel is giving it a boost.”
A 1978 Play Plucked From the Slush Pile Gets a Timely New Reading – The New York Times

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Naomi Wallace’s Theatre Of The Plague: More Riveting And Relevant Than Ever

Naomi Wallace’s Theatre Of The Plague: More Riveting And Relevant Than Ever by Giovanni Rodriguez
Exactly five weeks ago and one day, I posted the following on Facebook: “Now would be a good time to restage ONE FLEA SPARE.” I did this with three objectives in mind. First, I wanted to see what some of my theater friends thought about the story, which I believe is more relevant today than ever. The award-winning 1995 play was set in 1665, the first year of the great plague of London, and told the story of four people quarantined together for a month…

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María Irene Fornés, Writer of Spare, Poetic Plays, Dies at 88

Ms. Fornés won acclaim and awards for her experimental works. But her fellow playwrights often said her achievements far outstripped her fame.

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This Thing of Darkness: Caliban and the Creature from Frankenstein – Shakespeare & Beyond

With Halloween on its way, Austin Tichenor, author of the play FRANKENSTEIN, explores parallels between Caliban from The Tempest and the Creature from Shelley’s Frankenstein. for the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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An Avant-Garde Theater Artist Gets Her Due

María Irene Fornés is being celebrated at MoMA and the Public Theater. Her colleagues and students reflect on her enduring legacy.

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BPPI Author Joe Pintauro Has Passed Away

Longtime BPPI author Joe Pintauro has passed. The New York Times obituary may be found here: Joe Pintauro, Playwright Who Had Been a Priest, Dies at 87
New York Newsday: LI playwright Joe Pintauro dies at 87
Playbill: Playwright Joe Pintauro Dies at 87

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Broadway Review: An ANGELS IN AMERICA That Soars on the Breath of Life

Marianne Elliott’s London-born production of Tony Kushner’s masterwork is blazingly reimagined with a cast including Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield.
Source: New York Times Review: An “Angels in America” That Soars on the Breath of Life

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