CUNY to Air ATW Seminar with Beane, Rapp, Etc., 1/28

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The American Theatre Wing's upcoming "Working in the Theatre" will feature five contemporary playwrights - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Douglas Carter Beane, Kia Corthron, Daisy Foote, and Adam Rapp -on CUNY TV on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. The program will repeat on Friday, Feb. 2 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m., and Sunday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m.

On the program, the playwrights discuss why they, as products of the age of electronic entertainment -- and as writers who work in various forms -- choose to tell certain stories in the theatre; consider whether one can be taught playwriting or whether one simply learns it; ponder the prevalence of 90 minute plays against the three-act classics of the past; and reflect upon the writers who most influenced their own work.

A 2003 graduate of Yale Drama School, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has written numerous plays, including Based on a Totally True Story, Bloody Mary, Dark Matters, Good Boys and True, Muckle Man, The Mystery Plays, and Say You Love Satan. Aguirre-Sacasa writes the monthly adventures of the Fantastic Four and Nightcrawler for Marvel Comics and is developing a cartoon series for Nickelodeon, "Punk Rock Angel Girl," in collaboration with the singer/songwriter Jewel.

Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed is now playing at the Cort Theatre. His writing credits include As Bees in Honey Drown (Outer Critics Circle, Gassner Playwriting Award); Advice From a Caterpillar; The Country Club; Music From a Sparkling Planet; The Cartells; Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost, Too. In addition, he wrote the revue, White Lies, Mondo Drama and the musicals The Big Time, Lysistrata Jones. His screenwriting credits include To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar; Advice From a Caterpillar (Best Feature, Aspen Comedy Festival). His adaptation of Xanadu will debut on Broadway later this spring.

Kia Corthron is the author of Force Continuum (Atlantic Theater Company); Breath, Boom, ( London's Royal Court Theatre and Playwrights Horizons; Splash Hatch on the E Going Down (New York Stage and Film, Center Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, and London's Donmar Warehouse); Digging Eleven (Hartford Stage Company); Seeking the Genesis (Goodman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club); Life by Asphyxiation (Playwrights Horizons); and Come Down Burning (Long Wharf Theatre, American Place Theatre). She has received the Taper's Fadiman Award, NEA/TCG, Kennedy Center Fund, and Callaway Award.

For When They Speak of Rita, Daisy Foote was honored with the prestigious Roger L. Stevens Incentive Award. Her additional works include Bhutan, Living With Mary; God's Pictures, which was developed at the New Harmony Project and had its world premiere at the Indiana Repertory Theater; Farley and Betsy, produced by the Women's Project in its "First Look" series; Darcy and Clara; and The Hand of God, developed with a commission from Wind Dancer Productions and work-shopped in the summer of 2000 at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference.

Adam Rapp has been the recipient of the1999 Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, a 2000 Suite Residency with Mabou Mines, a 2000 Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, and the 2001 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights. His plays include American Sligo; Animals and Plants; Bingo with the Indians; Blackbird; Dreams of the Salthorse; Faster; Finer Noble Gases; Gompers; Ghosts in the Cottonwoods; Mistral; Netherbones; Night of the Whitefish; Nocturne; Should've Never; Stone Cold Dead Serious; Train Story; Trueblinka and Red Light Winter. His play, Essential Self-Defense, will be performed at Playwrights Horizons in March 2007. He is currently the playwright-in-residence at Edge Theatre Company

The ATW "Working in the Theatre" panels bring together theatre's best-known performers, producers, playwrights, directors, choreographers, composers, agents and others, for peer-to-peer conversations about the craft of theatre.

Visit www.atw.org for more on the American Theatre Wing.† Visit www.cuny.tv for more on CUNY TV.


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