Working Out Working-Class Drama

The Indiscreet Charm of the Proletariat, or Why I Don’t Buy the Blue Collar Blues Last night I went with my friend Stacy Highsmith, an actress transplanted here two years ago from New York, to the Ruskin Group Theatre at the diminutive Santa Monica Municipal Airport, which looks untouched from the Howard Hughes era. We’d […]

The Hollywood Fringe 1-woman show picker

Out of 91 theater works in this year’s Hollywood Fringe, 19 are one-woman shows. How to pick the ones to see? This flowchart can help you narrow your choices. Choose a topic of interest from the tabs down the left margin and proceed from there. Let us know what you end up choosing!

Michael Jackson, Obama and Identity – podcast

During his visit to Engine28, Ralph Remington, National Endowment for the Arts‘s Director of Theater and Musical Theater, made this audio recording of his essay, “Michael, Obama and Post-Racial Deconstruction,” originally published in the Twin Cities Daily Planet. An Engine 28 exclusive! Engine28.com is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The thoughts […]

NEA’s Ralph Remington on Race – podcast

Ralph Remington, the Director of Theater and Musical Theater at the┬áNational Endowment for the Arts, stopped by the Engine28 offices to check out the newsroom activity. We took a few minutes to exchange views on the state of African-American and Asian-American theater, among other topics. Here’s Remington on African-American History Month, President Obama, Stanley Kowalski, […]

5 Things: Playwriting Tips from Marsha Norman

Marsha Norman’s TCG playwriting workshop, “Secrets of the Great Play,” was attended by nearly 100 participants this afternoon, including eminent playwrights Philip Kan Gotanda and Deborah Laufer. Here’s Norman (night, Mother) on: Story: “The audience only cares about stories that ask questions they are wondering about right now. You don’t ask directions to a place […]