Every other week, the editors of American Theatre curate a free-ranging discussion about the lively arts in our Offscript podcast.
This week, editors Rob Weinert-Kendt, Suzy Evans, and Diep Tran discussed “Grease: Live,” what worked, what didn’t, and what musicals we want to see done live next (Sondheim, anyone?). Plus, we discuss two licensing controversies involving Samuel French: the Wooster Group’s contested production of Pinter’s The Room and Courtney Meaker’s That’swhatshesaid, a critique of gender roles in popular new American plays to which French delivered two cease-and-desist letters.
Then Diep sits down with playwright Lauren Gunderson, one of the most-produced playwrights this season. They discuss I and You (currently running at 59E59 Theaters and at Aurora Theatre), Lauren’s newest play The Revolutionists (at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and 7 Stages), and why Lauren is so fascinated with historical female figures.
This week’s recommendations:
- Inspired by the Write With Us playwright workshops at Soho Rep—including sessions with Jackie Sibblies Drury and Lucas Hnath—Suzy wants you to try writing a play, even if you’re not a playwright.
- The latest episode of “The Subtext” podcast, with Stefanie Zadravec as the guest.
- A jewel from the AT archives: Richard Schechner’s op-ed from 2010 advocating casting all stage roles without regard to gender, race, age, or body type.
- The latest episode of “This American Life,” “Amateur Hour,” specifically the segment about soldiers putting on musicals at the Fort Bragg army base.