Playwright alum, actor, and educator John Kuntz will further contribute to Boston's new play ecosystem with the formation of The Derrah Theatre Lab, named for Kuntz's late husband, beloved Boston actor Thomas Derrah. The Derrah Theatre Lab will dedicate its work to the creation of exciting, provocative, and experimental plays, with a specific focus on world premieres, avant garde work, and bold reinterpretations of classics.
The company's inaugural event—a reading of Steven Drukman's Pru Payne—took place here at BPT on Oct. 28.
Happy first performance of Our Dear Dead Drug Lord to Alexis Scheer and everyone at WP Theater and Second Stage Theater. Opening night is Sept. 24, and the production runs through Oct. 20!
Update 9/24: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord is a New York Times Critic's Pick
Update 10/15: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord extends its limited run (twice!)
Update 10/21: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord extends a third time, to Jan. 5!
Kira Rockwell is the 2019 recipient of The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award for her play The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood. Congratulations!
Break a leg—that works for singers, too, right?—to playwright alum Bruce Ward and the New York City Gay Men's Chorus (NYCGMC) performing Quiet No More: A Choral Celebration of Stonewall tonight at Carnegie Hall.
The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in NYC, as well as the 40th anniversary of the founding of NYCGMC, with a brand new choral music suite, co-commissioned by NYCGMC and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. The piece will have performances by choruses throughout the U.S. in 2019, the largest collaboration in the history of LGBTQ choruses.
Alexis Scheer's Our Dear Dead Drug Lord is on The Kilroys' 2019 list of 33 most recommended un- and underproduced new plays by woman, trans, and non-binary authors of color. Laura Neill's Winter People (produced here at BPT last season) made the list of honorable mentions!
Congratulations to Melinda Lopez and Huntington Theatre Company on this opening night of Yerma...which runs through June 30!
Happy opening to K. Alexa Mavromatis and FUSION Theatre Company, where Alexa's short play Stew was selected as a winner of the annual short works festival The Seven.
With all the activity surrounding Boston Theater Marathon XXI, it's been busy around here! And there's even more to celebrate: While we were wrapping up the BTM (May 19), current MFA playwright Eliana Pipes was at the Lilly Awards ceremony in NYC, where she received the 2019 Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers for her play DREAM HOU$E! More
Tell us a little about your play.
The Premature Burial is a dark comedy about a neurotic man who is convinced he is going to be buried alive, and his wife who has been dealing with his fear for decades. It is loosely based on the short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe.
What made you want to tell this story?
I love bringing comedy to macabre subjects, so modernizing and adding humor to a classic American gothic short story was fun for me. My senior thesis for my undergraduate degree was on Poe, so I’m very familiar with not only this particular story, but also his work as a whole. That made it easy for me to determine what differentiates us as writers and how to best make the story my own. I also loved writing the characters because they’re hilariously larger than life, and who doesn’t love that? More