In fulfilling its mission, the Dramatists Guild recognizes that much of the creative work of authorship is undertaken in isolation, so the Guild fosters a sense of union and community among its members in order to enrich, inspire, and empower them to advocate for themselves, for their work, and for each other.
Jun 17, 2020
While COVID-19 sent Southwestern theatres scrambling toward the end of the season about when to close and when to stay open in the interest of the public health crisis, theatres continued their in-
Sean Ewing in The Phoenix Theatre Company production of ¡Americano!
Jul 31, 2020
New plays continue to be a part of the theatre scene in Utah and Idaho, with a number of world premieres happening in the past year—many of which were penned by local writers.
Aaliyah Ann, Amanda Morris, and Latoya Cameron in form of a girl unknown at Salt Lake Acting Company. Photo by Dav.D Daniels / Dav.D Photography.
Jul 30, 2020
We’re all dealing with a new normal. Life as it was has changed in both the theatre and the streets of your city. Will the closeness we once felt still be there?
Christopher Salazar, Caro Zeller, and Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of The Copper Children. Photo by Jenny Graham.
Jul 28, 2020
“I'm still hopeful. I still believe.” That’s Candrice Jones, whose play Flex was set to premiere at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s storied Humana Festival on March 20, 2020. Her first major professional production in one of the season’s most visible new play festivals was canceled just days before it began.
Illustration: Ian Sklarsky for The Dramatist
Jul 24, 2020
It is a distinct pleasure to write the Season in Review for the Northern California region: in part because it is an opportunity to acknowledge both artists and theaters, and in part because the number of new works being produced in Northern California is heartening (not to mention inspiring).
Shotgun Players' production of Far Far Better Things
Jul 28, 2020
Amid the present pandemic’s frightful statistics and sheltering mandates; amid the face masks, six-foot intervals, empty shelves, and eager Zoom offerings; amid the panic, financial hardship, and all that anxiety, it’s hard and not a little sad to recall that we did, indeed, have a theatrical season here in Southern California, B.C. – Before Covid – and it was full of sparkling, compelling work, including a number of world premieres, that wowed civilians and dramatists alike.
The IAMA Theatre Company production of Mama Metal
Jul 27, 2020
The July 2 Dramatist LIVE was all about playwright and performer, Charles Busch.
Jul 16, 2020
A couple of years ago, I asked a friend what a Black man should do when he is stopped by a policeman. My friend, a highly ranked police officer, said you should do whatever the officer tells you to do.
Jun 19, 2020
In August of 2019, I was invited to attend a meeting of women playwrights on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the home of Susan Miller. The purpose of the gathering was to begin to organize as a body to address the ongoing lack of parity for female (and ultimately, female identifying) playwrights over forty years of age in the American theatre.
The executive committee of Honor Roll! L to R: Cheryl Davis, Yvette Heyliger, Sarah Tuft, Lucy Wang, Jacquelyn Reingold, Olga Humphrey, and Cynthia Cooper.
Jun 15, 2020