Drama & Play Anthologies
Drama & Play Anthologies are a must-have for those who enjoy the bold and contemporary theatrical genre. This collection contains new works that examine such themes as memory, history, life defining moments, and chance. This collection includes works by both amateur and professional playwrights. Read on for more information about these titles. You may also like:
The Baseball Plays: 7th Inning Stretch
In celebration of the upcoming season of baseball, Mile Square Theatre will present a series of 10 minute plays that focus on baseball. The series will feature works by internationally acclaimed playwrights, including Charlie Peters, Craig Wright, Ellen Margolis, and Rogelio Martinez. You won't want to miss this chance to see the new plays! Each play is about one of America's most beloved sports, from baseball to football.
This drama and play anthology includes two one-act plays, Doubleplay and Becoming Satchel Paige. "Becoming Satchel Paige" traces the life of an iconic baseball player. Another play, Happy, tells the story of a baseball fan who returns to his hometown of Delray Beach to visit his favorite player, Happy Haliday. Then, he signs the baseball to pay it forward.
A collection of short plays, 7th Inning Stretch celebrates America's favorite pastime. From a marriage ruined by fantasy baseball to a baseball player's first pitch, the plays are a great introduction to America's beloved game. The plays are crafted by award-winning writers to up-and-coming MFA's. And they all share a common love of baseball and its themes.
Botticelli in the Fire
Two one-act plays centered around early Renaissance painter Botticelli and Lot's wife, Sunday in Sodom and Botticelli in the Fire in Drama &Play Anthologies will be presented in this double-bill volume. Each play examines a famous figure and their return to set the record straight and relive the loss they've suffered due to fanaticism.
The European premiere of this play by Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill stars Dickie Beau as Sandro Botticelli, the artist who painted "The Birth of Venus." The production explores the relationship between the painter and his wife, Clarice Orsini. They're enmeshed in a love triangle, and the play takes place at a time when women's liberties were being threatened by men's sexuality.
"Botticelli in the Fire" is an innovative multidisciplinary performance piece. It retells the events of the Florentine Renaissance and the ensuing riots. The play fuses historical fact and fiction and highlights the clash between a conservative and liberal worldview. In the process, the play makes us think about a more contemporary perspective on the Renaissance and what it means for society today.
Although a play of historical and biblical origins, Botticelli in the Fire has many layers of its own. In fact, Tannahill's writing is as politically-charged as it is romantic. Botticelli's story parallels contemporary America and the late 15th century Florence, when a conservative leader sought to purge the city of intellectuals and artists. A mass fire of artwork and books took place in Florence in 1497, a fiery inferno that was known as the Bonfire of the Vanities.
The setting of the play in 15th century Florence is a compelling one. The unrest that occurs in this city is vividly depicted, and Savonarola speaks out against the "faggots" who threaten the Medicis' rule. Botticelli, however, is determined to stay in Florence, relying on his protection and the patronage of the Medicis. One particularly scary scene demonstrates that no one is safe from hate and oppression.
Sunday in Sodom
In this Drama & Play Anthology, Sunday in Sodom focuses on Lot's wife Edith, the subject of an earlier play, Lot's Wife. This satire of a Jewish myth inverts the patriarchal structure of the Biblical story by presenting a family in need of help. The play's feminist retelling, and its hints of Yiddish comic tradition, makes it a worthy addition to any Mother's Day play list.
The story of the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah is told through a double bill of one-act plays by Jordan Tannahill: Botticelli in the Fire, about the life of the great Renaissance painter Lorenzo, and Sunday in Sodom, about Lot's wife. In each play, a famous person returns to set the record straight. In both cases, the tragic consequences of fanaticism have twisted their lives.
A double-bill of plays, Sunday in Sodom and Botticelli in the Fire, brings the two stories together as a cohesive and startlingly human narrative. The dialogue is accessible, with colloquial language allowing for a modern audience to follow along. The story evokes so many aspects of contemporary society, and makes a strong point about love and society. If you are looking for a new play to read, Sunday in Sodom should be at the top of your list.
Botticelli in the Fire premiered at Canadian Stage in Toronto. It has since been produced all over Canada and internationally. Both plays have won several awards and were produced in many theatres. In 2017, Tannahill co-founded Playmate Theatre Malmo with three British actors. The Playmate Theatre Malmo produces quality English-language theatre and small-cast intimate productions. The Playmate Theatre Malmo has produced numerous productions, including two internationally acclaimed plays by renowned theatre artists.
Naked Angels Issues Projects
The Naked Angels Issues Project is the highest artistic aim of the company. The festival's annual Issues Project brings together a community of artists who respond to a pressing social and political issue. Past projects include Fear 2003 featuring Will Eno's Thom Pain and Democracy 2005 featuring Christopher Shinn's Dying City. This year's Issues Project is titled Armed and Naked in America.
Naked Angels is a New York City-based theater company comprised of actors, producers, playwrights, designers, and lighting. The collection consists of various materials relating to the performance activities of the company, which dates back to 1987. It includes playbills, scripts, stage notes, and administrative materials. The collection aims to promote emerging artists and make the theater industry more accessible to a wider audience.
Issues Projects: Naked Angels produces a series of socially relevant plays in collaboration with other theaters and social justice groups. One of their collaborations was with the Fox Broadcasting Company, which produced "Naked TV" plays that showcased emerging playwrights. The productions were developed through Angels in Progress workshops. Other fundraising events have included galas, benefit dinners, and play readings. Occasionally, they have even held character roasts!
The next Naked Angels production is entitled Fear. It will open in the theater on Thursday, February 13, 2014. Past productions have focused on homelessness, human rights, and women, among others. For more information, visit nakedangels.com/issues-projects-projects
365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks
During her lifetime, Parks wrote one play each day. Her approach was based on the Hindu concept of 'puja', an extended daily prayer. The plays were meant to connect audiences to their own souls and to the world of the theatre. "Ajax Big and Little," for example, is a play about the dead eating huge meals. This play is considered a 'yoga play' by C. Denby Swanson.
Parks' playwrights have performed the "365 plays" in various contexts. Some have performed it as a curtain-raiser or part of an institutional season. Many small theatre groups have given performances to promote the play. Some of them even chose to perform it in their own languages. A production of 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks could be seen in any language.
Suzan-Lori Parks has created an incredible cycle of 365 plays. She began her project on November 13, 2002 and completed it a year later. In 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, you will find a range of themes and genres, from deities to soldiers to what she saw outside her airplane window. This cycle is not only a must-read for theater lovers, but also for writers in general.
The 365 plays reflect Parks' artistic vision and her commitment to inclusive and multicultural theater. She describes black play as personal, universal, organic, and holistic. She has previously contributed to a special issue of Theatre Journal titled 'Black Performance' and catalogued the characteristics of a black play. The plays are performed by independent artists and groups. There is no one 'best' way to stage a black play,' she says.