Sep 18 2019

Notes on “Native Son”

Dramaturg Adam Versényi writes on how “Native Son” demonstrates the direct effects of physical environment on human behavior and blackness in Chicago.

Sep 16 2019

The Fractured World of Native Son

It’s 1930s Chicago with 64 scenes in over 15 different locations. Where do you go with the set design of “Native Son” when all Bigger Thomas wants to do is fly? An airplane hanger, of course.

Jul 31 2019

Rabun / Simone

One multi-hyphenate artist takes up the mantle of another multi-hyphenate artist in Howard L. Craft’s one-woman tour de force about the High Priestess of Soul.

Jul 31 2019

Where Are They Now?

PlayMakers has helped premiere six new American plays in the last three seasons. From “Draw the Circle” to “Jump” and everything in between, what are the creators up to now?

Jul 5 2019

On Your Way to Asheville

Edie Brickell cooked up the inspiration for “Bright Star” while standing at the stove jamming to some Steve Martin banjo picking. They both ran with it…all the way to Broadway.

Jun 24 2019

Inspired by Joe

How Richard Wright was strongly influenced by the success of dynamite boxer Joe Louis in creating the world-shaking character of Bigger Thomas in “Native Son.”

Jun 18 2019

Broadway Here We Come!

This spring, our very own Vivienne Benesch will make her Broadway directorial debut in the New York premiere of Noah Haidle’s “Birthday Candles,” starring Debra Messing!

Jun 17 2019

Ten Years Later

Earlier this month, Annette Storckman of Breaking Character Magazine interviewed playwright and actress Jessica Dickey about the heartening and inspiring “The Amish Project.”