Festival Update: Interview with Robert Henry Johnson
Well known for his career as one of the Bay Area’s most creative and original dancer/choreographers, Robert Henry Johnson is also–somewhat secretly–a stellar playwright, with a penchant for mind-bending, balletic language compositions that evoke history and its repercussions in visually stunning ways.
For the festival he will be working on his Shakespeare-inspired epic, THE OTHELLO PAPERS, alongside collaborators Ben Guillory (Director) and Dominic Orlando (Dramaturg). We recently talked with Robert about the genesis of the play and his thoughts about artists who span genres: “Unfortunately we live in a country where art disciplines are separate. I am not sure when the disciplines became chopped up into itty-bitty pieces of sushi-like morsels. In other words, if you are a dancer, you are just that and only that. If you are a choreographer, you are that and only that. In my experience throughout my career, I found that that was never true.”
The 32nd Annual Festival Kicks Off July 17
Festival passes are 20% off until July 10! Make a reservation, see the Festival event and reading schedule, and learn more about the plays at PlaywrightsFoundation.org
She’ll change the way you think about playwriting: are you ready?
Recession Discount: 15% off though July 1!
Making a Magical Object: From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary
Includes Showcase During the Bay Area Playwrights Festival
“Very few people have shaped the way that I think about plays more than Sherry Kramer.”
-Sam Hunter (BAPF ’07 & Lark PONY Fellow)
Classes are selling out right and left! Register now for this truly unique class that will provide a very fresh outlook on dramatic writing.
New Play Boot Camp Intensive
ONE SLOT HAS OPENED UP! New applications will be accepted through June 30th! Contact us to find out how to apply.
Last Chance: Intern for the Festival!
Would you like an inside look at the Festival process and a chance to see the future of American theater unfold–for free? Join our intrepid intern team! We’re looking for interns in artistic and production areas.
Apply for the Playground 2009-10 Writers Pool!
Applications for the 2009-10 PlayGround Writers Pool are being accepted, now through September 1, 2009. Only members of the Writers Pool may submit scripts as part of the monthly staged reading series, Monday Night PlayGround, and from which are selected the seven plays and playwrights for each year’s Best of PlayGround Festival. For specific eligibility requirements and responsibilities, visit playground-sf.org.
PF Alumna Andrea Kuchlewska double bills with PF Festival Director Molly Aaronson Gelb and our producing partner Just Theater this Tuesday and Wednesday!
For more information and a FuryFactory schedule, visit foolsfury.org.
By Theresa Rebeck
At the Magic through June 28