Graydon Royce, Star Tribune: “A piece that dares to chew over ideas and make us think.”
John Townsend, Lavender Magazine: “Blisteringly human… Points to Shinn as a prophetic playwright.”
Jay Gabler, City Pages: “Covers an impressive amount of territory in its one carefully structured act.”
Todd O’Dowd, l’étoile: “A taut, thought-provoking piece of theatre.”
I’ve been publishing occasional brief thoughts on my Medium page. Recently: The Meaning of Lives, my response to recent violence; Brexit and Resentment, which also looks at Kanye West; and Face Back, about technology’s impact on how we think.
I’m still tweeting:
You will invest in watching multiple seasons of a TV show which will ultimately disappoint you #RealisticPsychicReadings
— Christopher Shinn (@chris_shinn) July 9, 2016
And I’m on Snapchat!
I’m thrilled to be a part of Susan Johann’s beautiful book of portraits of and interviews with playwrights.
Carrie O’Connell, San Diego Reader: The beauty of Shinn’s script is the exposition of character through environment… John’s world, not unlike his state-of-the-art hotel suite perched high above the crowd below, is a self-perpetuating “bubble of insanity.” He rails against it but also finds refuge within… Shinn’s script is no joke. If something’s controversial, it’s in there: terrorism, religious intolerance, identity politics, marriage equality, and class privilege — all combine to cram John’s exhausting world.
Bill Eadie, San Diego Story: Even though Now or Later is set in 2008, its central debates are mostly still going on. And, after being bombarded with the angry and sometimes empty rhetoric of the 2016 campaign, it is almost a relief to escape to the theatre and hear important questions affecting the U. S. debated with both substance and skill.
This year saw two major productions in the autumn: the world premiere of An Opening in Time at Hartford Stage and a new production of Teddy Ferrara at the Donmar Warehouse. Around these two productions, Patrick Healy profiled me with generosity, depth, and sensitivity. Also this year, I continued to teach playwriting at the New School for Drama, while stepping down as head of Playwriting to focus more on my work. I also wrote personal pieces for the Hartford Courant and American Theatre Magazine, and spent a wonderful hour with Colin McEnroe on WNPR. 2016 should be a productive year on many fronts; watch this space!