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Angels in America: The Complete Oral History

Isaac Butler and Dan Kois have published a remarkable oral history in Slate of how Tony Kushner’s ANGELS IN AMERICA became “the defining work of American art of the past 25 years.”

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Hunting and Gathering, Nearly a Decade Later

Recently I had the great pleasure of experiencing my play Hunting and Gathering at Rep Stage in Columbia, Maryland, ten years after I initially wrote it. It was great fun revisiting the source material as I’m currently married and raising a child, theoretically stable (although we did just move last summer), and in very different circumstances. Hunting and Gathering is a comedy about rootlessness, four characters who for different reasons are between housing options and figuring out their logistical and emotional/spiritual homes. When I wrote it, I myself was living in much this way. I’d been happily settled in…

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6 New Plays Published

We are pleased to announce the publication of 6 new plays:

Fefu and Her Friends (Single Stage Version) by María Irene Fornés
Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, translated and adapted by Anthony Clarvoe
Poetic License by Jack Canfora
Threesome by Yussef El Guindi
The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor
Woyzeck by Georg Büchner, English version by Kenneth Tigar

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BPPI Authors 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship Winners

Congratulations to BPPI Authors Christina Masciotti and Betty Shamieh, winners of 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships in Drama.

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The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)

At long last we are pleased to announce the availability of one of the most sought-after Christmas plays ever: THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW (ABRIDGED) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. These rascals from the company that brought you the uproarious smash hit THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) have done it again in hilarious fashion. Broadway World called it, “A pure delight from start to finish … Inspired madness!” Professional performance-rights applications are being accepted now, and nonprofessional applications will be accepted beginning May 31, 2016. Give the gift of hilarity to your audiences this holiday season.

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Amy Warren, Meg Gibson, Jay O. Sanders, and Lynn Hawley in Hungry, Play One of The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family, written and directed by Richard Nelson, running at The Public Theater. Credit: Joan Marcus.

Hungry

The New York Times has named Richard Nelson’s HUNGRY a Critics’ Pick. See their glowing review of the new work.

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5 New Plays Published

We are pleased to announce the publication of 5 new plays:

The Butcher of Baraboo by Marisa Wegrzyn
Grandma Serafina’s Famous Tiramisu by Jonathan J Samarro
Killing Women by Marisa Wegrzyn
Laugh It Up, Stare It Down by Alan Hruska
Spring’s Awakening by Frank Wedekind, English version by Kenneth Tigar and Clayton Koelb

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The Universal Appeal of Robin Hood

BPPI playwrights Jon Klein and Laura Shamas discuss Jon’s new play Young Robin Hood.
Laura: When did you first get the concept for Young Robin Hood and what was your inspiration?
Jon: I had always known that the legend of Robin Hood tapped into some basic themes and emotions that had the potential to affect young people. There’s the adventure aspect, of course, but mostly the themes of rebellion and questioning authority that naturally become a part of growing up. Those issues are very specific to this story, and to both Robin and Marian (in this version, anyway) as they begin…

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5 New Plays Published

We are pleased to announce the publication of 5 new Plays:

The Ghost Sonata  by August Strindberg, translated by Laurence Senelick
The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace
Mimesophobia by Carlos Murillo
No Good Deed by Matt Pelfrey
Spook by Alan Bowne

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Jayce Bartok and Katya Campbell in

Laugh It Up, Stare It Down by Alan Hruska

The producer of this play, still running at The Cherry Lane, called me up and asked me to come see it. She said it even had a nice review in The New York Times! … I went last Tuesday night, and enjoyed playwright Alan Hruska’s romp through a couple’s lifetime together. The lead actors play four different ages, which can be a real challenge, but Jayce Bartok as Joe, and Katya Campbell as Cleo, managed it with great charm. Two other actors play a variety of humorous characters in the couple’s life. It is a fun (and funny) journey…

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