AMERICAN THEATRE looks back on the 38th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, which featured new plays by Kimber Lee, Lucas Hnath and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. AMERICAN THEATRE’s senior editor Rob Weinert-Kendt sat down over Skype for a podcast conversation with two theatre critics: Erin Keane—arts reporter and theatre critic from Louisville’s NPR station WFPL—and Bill Hirschman, editor and critic of Florida Theater On Stage. They discussed the festival’s offerings, if art for art’s sake is a good idea and the critic’s obligation to the playwright.
In order to help actors memorize their lines, Garrett Ayers conducted research and came up with techniques that are now being applied across the country.
“These Paper Bullets! A Modish Ripoff of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing,” written by Rolin Jones, directed by Jackson Gay, and with music by Billie Joe Armstrong, combines two of Britain’s most revered entertainers: Shakespeare and the Beatles.
Co-authors Steven Rosen and David Rossmer discuss their latest work.
Daniel Aukin adapts The Fortress of Solitude into a new, modern musical.
A chance hospital encounter leads to a new Chicago play.
The duo behind the new musical reveal their writing process, collaborative efforts and why an out of town preview was helpful.
Why have musical adaptations of Shakespeare plays become so plentiful?