Medium, Twitter, Snapchat

July 10th, 2016

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:

And I’m on Snapchat!

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The Coming World in Dublin

July 1st, 2016

The Coming World was produced at The Lir, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin. The production photos are gorgeous.

Daniel Monaghan and Lauren McArthur

Daniel Monaghan and Lauren McArthur

 

Focus on Playwrights by Susan Johann

June 29th, 2016

I’m thrilled to be a part of Susan Johann’s beautiful book of portraits of and interviews with playwrights.

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60 Second Lecture on René Girard

May 15th, 2016

Technically 180 seconds or so… I participated in the “New School Minute” and gave a lecture entitled “Desire, Scapegoating, and the Sacred: René Girard and Theatre.”

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Now or Later in San Diego

February 22nd, 2016

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.

Joshua Jones and J. Tyler Jones

Joshua Jones and J. Tyler Jones

The World Will Not Contain Us Workshop

January 16th, 2016

An amazing week at The New Group workshopping my musical The World Will Not Contain Us, with actors Alexandra Socha, Chris McCarrell, Gerard Canonico, director Evan Cabnet and composer-lyricist David Hancock Turner.

Alexandra Socha, Gerard Canonico, and Chris McCarrell

Alexandra Socha, Gerard Canonico, and Chris McCarrell

2015 in Review

December 4th, 2015

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!

Deborah Hedwall and Patrick Clear

Deborah Hedwall and Patrick Clear

John Belluso Reminiscence

October 20th, 2015

For American Theatre’s issue on disability I wrote a remembrance of my friendship with the late, disabled playwright John Belluso.

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John Belluso

Teddy Ferrara in London

October 8th, 2015

Kate Kellaway, Observer: Christopher Shinn’s clever play explores loneliness, belonging, gay stereotyping, victimhood and communication in a technological age… A brave, gripping, provocative play.

Michael Billington, Guardian: Christopher Shinn’s fierce, polemical play was inspired by the 2010 case of Tyler Clementi… Shinn’s play has a passionate sincerity and demolishes the myth that we live in a cosy new world of sexual tolerance. Shinn paints a comprehensive picture of a world in which homophobic bullying leads to depression and even death, but where no one starts to address the real causes.

Rosalind Stone, Londonist: Despite the jokes — and almost every line is quotable — Teddy Ferrara is downright unenjoyable for the same reason that it is great: its meticulousness as social commentary. Every element carries ironising force… There is no let-up from the constant cringes. Shinn doesn’t leave us room to sympathise with his characters: it’s as though they’re his vehicles for bombarding us with acute observations on the nuanced cruelties in human nature. Everyone’s desperate for change but the vibe’s too glib for anyone to offer sincere, viable solutions. It’s an honest reconnoitre into a world of pain and an abyss of deafening silence.

Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage: Shinn is saying a lot about American society in this heated microcosm, but he also manages some tart and touching personal stuff… The ironic point is that it’s still hard to be gay and happy even as society bends over backwards, so to speak, to accommodate diversity, difference and even promiscuous life-style with soft soap and David Cameron-style pieties about gay marriage and inclusiveness.

Carole Woddis, ReviewsGate: Shinn finds fresh and disturbing angles that encompass suicide, closeted gays amongst `straights’, and most discomforting of all, attitudes towards disability and transgender in the gay community.

Tim Bano, Exeunt: A wide-ranging, far-reaching play that makes the case for society, or at least university societies, finding themselves at a transitional point… Teddy Ferrara induces an uneasy tension between the individual and universal, without ever attempting to resolve it.

Tasha Clare, A Younger Theatre: Teddy Ferrara at the Donmar is a rare thing: utterly absorbing, politically urgent and polished to a tee… This is a balanced examination into the unglamorous, very real and difficult side of being young and different right now, and what is at stake if we ignore these voices.

Paul Taylor, Independent: Sociologically provocative… Shinn’s play is a clever take on whether the rhetoric of tolerance still surpasses the reality as the deceased are appropriated by different interest-groups.

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times: The play tackles urgent subjects… Shinn unpicks the diversity of experiences, opinions and agendas that make catch-all solutions impossible.

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New Version of Teddy Ferrara Published

September 29th, 2015

Nick Hern Books has published Teddy Ferrara to coincide with the Donmar Warehouse production.

Teddy Ferrara in rehearsals

Teddy Ferrara in rehearsals