"American Theatre" associate editor Diep Tran, editor-in-chief Rob Weinert-Kendt, and "Washington Post" theatre critic Peter Marks on a live edition of Offscript, at the 2016 TCG National Conference. (Photo by T Charles Erickson)

Offscript Live in D.C.: The Welders, Karen Zacarías, and Peter Marks

For our first live edition of the podcast in D.C., we invited some local artists to the TCG Conference to chat the state of D.C. theatre, artistic transitions, and Donald Trump.

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

This week, we have a very special edition of Offscript. On June 23, American Theatre recorded our first live podcast at the 2016 TCG National Conference in Washington, D.C. Editors Rob Weinert-Kendt and Diep Tran did a Tony Awards postmortem with Washington Post theatre critic Peter Marks.

Then Diep spoke with three members of the Welders, a D.C.-based playwrights collective that is currently in transition. Playwright Gwydion Suilebhan, producer Jojo Ruf, and producer Ronee Penoi talk about the advantages of working in a model where playwrights have complete creative control, how the group rotates into the artistic director position, and how the original group of Welders are passing the mantle to a new gang of artists.

Following that, Peter interviewed local playwright Karen Zacarías about her childhood in Mexico, Donald Drumpf, Hamilton, and why not all Latino/a plays are telenovelas.

Download the episode here. Subscribe via iTunes or RSS.

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