Sarah Marshall, Sean Meehan and Luigi Sottile in in Woolly Mammoth Theatre’s “Zombie: The American" by Robert O'Hara. (Photo by Stan Barouh)

Offscript: Getting Off the Assembly Line with Meghan Pressman

Meghan Pressman discusses new play development; plus, the editors talk about their recent trips.

Every other week, the editors of American Theatre curate a free-ranging discussion about the lively arts in our Offscript podcast.

This week, editors Suzy Evans, Diep Tran, and Russell Dembin gather to discuss the trips that they’ve taken. Suzy traveled to Los Angeles to speak with playwright Bekah Brunstetter about her new play Going to a Place Where You Already Are at South Coast Repertory, and then to Chicago to talk to Tracy Letts and Anna D. Shapiro about their latest collaboration, Mary Page Marlowe; both stories can be found in the March issue. Diep just got back from Denver where she spent the weekend at the Colorado New Play Summit at the Denver Center Theatre Company. And Russell saw The Mikado: Reclaimed at the VORTEX in Austin and has great things to say about it. Plus, they discuss the dramatic turns at the Drama Book Shop in New York City and why you should #BuyaBook.

Then editor-in-chief Rob Weinert-Kendt sits down with Meghan Pressman, managing director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. She discusses new play development, why audiences don’t care about the term “premiere,” and having elected officials in the audience.

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This week’s recommendations:

  • For those who love poetry, ice fishing, and Mark Rylance’s American accent: Nice Fish by Louis Jenkins and Mark Rylance, running through March 27 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.
  • FADE by Tanya Saracho, running through March 13 at the Denver Center Theatre Company. For those who love their two-handers with racial tension and TV references.
  • Joel Grey’s interview on NPR with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. Listen to it just to hear the master of ceremonies sing “Home on the Range” in Yiddish.
  • Smokefall by Noah Haidle, at New York’s MCC Theater, running through March 13. It’s part Tennessee Williams, part magical realism, with a touch of Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns.”
  • If you can’t make it to Austin, The Mikado: Reclaimed is being streamed on HowlRound.

Correction: It was stated in the podcast that Mikhail Baryshnikov has appeared in only one Robert Wilson production, The Old Woman; he has also appeared in the Wilson-directed Letter to a Man.

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