Back...with a Vengeance

November 10, 2014

If you're a regular reader of nytheater now and/or Indie Theater Now (and I hope that you ARE), you've perhaps noticed some silence from yours truly, editor Denton.

So a brief explanation may be in order at this time, and it's easily enough done. Last month, we moved to a new place, outside Manhattan, with all the incumbent stresses and changes that a household relocation to a different area will bring. All went smoothly! But time got eaten up, and I didn't get to do all that I usually do here online, nor did I get to write as much as I like to.

But that's all in the past. And so, dear readers, I am back, with what feels to me like renewed vigor, to accomplish our mission--which has never changed, not since Day One in 1999 when we incorporated as a nonprofit: to help the world discover excellent, impressive, astonishing, challenging, and surprising new American plays.


And if you've missed seeing my smiling face, there's good news for you! During the next several weeks, I will be appearing with some amazingly talented indie artists, moderating talkbacks at three different shows in New York City. Here's the rundown:

Saturday, November 15 at 8:00pm: R CULTURE by Cecilia Copeland, which is a satire on "Our/Rape Culture." Cecilia is a smart playwright and something of a provacateur, and I am excited to witness what should be a fascinating new work, and then chat about it with the audience.

Sunday, November 23 at 3:00pm: DEAD SPECIAL CRABS by Dan Kitrosser. Dan told me, "This play is a funny one. I'd be lying if I said there weren't puns galore, opening and slamming of doors, and a fake mustache or two." Sounds good; can't wait! 

Sunday, December 7 at 2:00pm: IF COLORADO HAD AN OCEAN... by Mike Gorman. I am so excited to do my first talkback at La MaMa! This is the final installment in Mike's trilogy about drug abuse set among the world of fishermen.

Scroll down for links to details about all three of these shows. I hope lots of readers will join one or more of these events!

And when I'm not talking back during the next month, I'll be here at my desk, doing my best to call attention to what's extraordinary in the world of indie theater. Watch for our People of the Year feature in about a month, and before that the announcement of our annual Plays and Playwrights anthology, a selection of some of the finest and most exciting new indie plays of the past twelve months.

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Loco7's "Undefined Fraction" at La MaMa
I got to pay a visit to one of my all-time favorite indie theaters, La MaMa E.T.C., for a performance of Undefined Fraction, which is part of the company's 2015 Puppet Series. This blend of edgy puppetry, physical theater, and dance is an exemplar of the kind of meditative hybrid installation/happening/drama that has been a mainstay of this East Village institution for decades.
Trav S.D.'s Great Vaudeville History
A look back at Trav S.D.'s book on vaudeville, published 10 years ago this month.
United Solo 2014: Done; United Solo 2015: Starting Now!
ITN's United Solo 2014 play collection is now complete; and our first 2015 play--LOUISE IN CHARLESTOWN by Penny Jackson--is available as well.