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Hosted by Dan Rubins, theater critic at Slant Magazine, The Present Stage: Conversations with Theater Writers celebrates the extraordinary playwrights (plus lyricists, librettists, and composers!) currently featured on New York stages. Each episode spotlights the writer(s) of a new play or musical running in New York City, inviting each guest to explore the genesis and development of the script, the transition from page to stage, and the questions that animate each work. With its focus on plays and musicals still running in New York, The Present Stage offers listeners a closer look at current theater and provides audience members with the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the creation of a show they've just seen.

The Present Stage: Conversations with Theater Writers Dan Rubins

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Hosted by Dan Rubins, theater critic at Slant Magazine, The Present Stage: Conversations with Theater Writers celebrates the extraordinary playwrights (plus lyricists, librettists, and composers!) currently featured on New York stages. Each episode spotlights the writer(s) of a new play or musical running in New York City, inviting each guest to explore the genesis and development of the script, the transition from page to stage, and the questions that animate each work. With its focus on plays and musicals still running in New York, The Present Stage offers listeners a closer look at current theater and provides audience members with the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the creation of a show they've just seen.

    Rachel Bonds and Zoe Sarnak — THE LONELY FEW

    Rachel Bonds and Zoe Sarnak — THE LONELY FEW

    Rachel Bonds RETURNS to the podcast, alongside composer-lyricist Zoe Sarnak, to discuss their new musical The Lonely Few. In this episode, the collaborators share what it means to write queer musical theater love songs for two women and nerd out with Dan about the creative, complex use of "diegesis" — music that takes place within the reality of the characters — throughout the musical. Musical theater fans won't want to miss this one!

    • 54 min
    José Rivera — THE HOURS ARE FEMININE

    José Rivera — THE HOURS ARE FEMININE

    José Rivera joins the podcast to talk about excavating his childhood memories in The Hours Are Feminine, the possibilities of translation onstage, and the distance between this play and the magic realism for which he is best known. (He also shares a bit about his upcoming adaptation of A Hundred Years of Solitude for Netflix!) Don't miss this enchanting episode.

    • 53 min
    Laura Winters — ALL OF ME

    Laura Winters — ALL OF ME

    Laura Winters joins the podcast to talk all things All Of Me, her new play with The New Group. The conversation explores the impact of her protagonists' use of AAC (alternative and augmentative communication) devices on playwriting process, the challenges of staging accessible stories, and her approach to the responsibility of bringing representing disabled experiences in a theatrical rom-com. Don't miss this delightful discussion!

    • 49 min
    Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich — HERE THERE ARE BLUEBERRIES

    Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich — HERE THERE ARE BLUEBERRIES

    Three days after becoming Pulitzer Prize finalists for Here There Are Blueberries, Tectonic Theater Project's Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich join the podcast to talk about the rich theater of archival research and what it means to dramatize and animate a story of archival detective work onstage. Don't miss this essential discussion about the boundaries of documentary theater, the ethics of centering the perspectives of perpetrators, and the power of paying attention to what's just outside the storyteller's frame.

    • 54 min
    Peregrine Teng Heard – REDEMPTION STORY

    Peregrine Teng Heard – REDEMPTION STORY

    Peregrine Teng Heard, Artistic Director of The Associates Theater Ensemble, joins the podcast to talk about her new play Redemption Story. Check out this wide-ranging conversation focused on how the playwright navigates the surreal ambiguities of the story, negotiates the play's multi-layered themes of representation in Hollywood, and constructs characters who are themselves performers.

    • 40 min
    Oliver Richman — THE FAKE HUSBAND: A MUSICAL COMEDY

    Oliver Richman — THE FAKE HUSBAND: A MUSICAL COMEDY

    "You can have the fame, Phyllis," and you can also have this podcast episode! TikTok songwriting star Oliver Richman, creator of the viral groundhog musical, joins the podcast to talk about his score for Soft Brain Theatre Company's musical adaptation of the commedia dell'arte play The Fake Husband. We investigate the craft of rhyming, the quest to find a contemporary sound to musicalize a 400-year-old theatrical art form, and the pressures and pleasures of a musical theater writing career buoyed by a social media community.

    • 31 min

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