April 23rd, 2015
On April 22 I had the first-ever private reading of my new musical written with David Hancock Turner, The World Will Not Contain Us. Evan Cabnet directed a brilliant cast: Alexandra Socha, Ben Moss, and Austin Hohnke. New Dramatists generously hosted me as an alumnus and the project was supported by The 24 Hour Plays and Evangeline Morphos. Very excited to take the next step!
Ben Moss, Alexandra Socha, and the bookwriter and composer-lyricist
April 20th, 2015
After a fun discussion with Neil LaBute, Mark St Germain and Frank Rizzo at the Mark Twain House.
April 3rd, 2015
The great Oliver Butler of The Debate Society will direct the world premiere of An Opening in Time at Hartford Stage this September.
March 20th, 2015
My new play An Opening in Time will have its world premiere at Hartford Stage this fall! I’m so thrilled to premiere the play with the theatre I grew up at.
March 13th, 2015
I did a fun talk about Four with the folks at Jackalope.
March 12th, 2015
I’m talking with Neil LaBute and Mark St Germain at the Mark Twain House in Hartford on April 18, with Frank Rizzo moderating. Buy tickets here.
March 6th, 2015
Doug Hughes will be directing a reading of Now or Later at MTC on March 30; make a reservation here.
Eddie Redmayne and Domhnall Gleeson
March 4th, 2015
HowlRound interviewed me about the playwriting MFA at the New School for Drama.
March 3rd, 2015
Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago: Shinn displays much of the same fascination with the interplay of sexual desire and psychological identity as can be seen in later works like Dying City or Teddy Ferrara, and Nate Silver’s measured, handsomely staged production for Jackalope Theatre Company carefully captures the ambiguities of such fraught encounters, the equal mix of elation and uncertainty.
Kevin Greene, Chicago Stage Standard: Christopher Shinn’s Four, set in 1996, avoids decade fetishizing in the simplest way possible: by being an authentic document of the time. In 2015 his play functions as a time portal devised by a writer with a keen sense of what changes and what stays the same from decade to decade.
Lawrence Bommer, Stage and Cinema: A slice of art delicately delivered in Jackalope’s less-is-more local premiere. Howard’s paternal mentor, Kurowski’s big-eyed listener, Collins’ spunky schoolgirl, and Martinez’ frustrated Lothario–they encapsulate the U.S. on the day we were born.
Katy Walsh, The Fourth Walsh: Shinn writes these encounters with a realness that borders on painful. FOUR is not for the Hallmark addicted. It’s for people looking for love in all the wrong places.
Robert Howard and Michael Kurowski
January 27th, 2015
In the summer of 2013 I talked with Stephen Bottoms. Our resulting interview in Contemporary Theatre Review has now been liberated from its paywall and can be found here. We discuss violence, identity, and lots more, including Eddie Redmayne’s performance in my 2008 play Now or Later.
Eddie Redmayne and Nancy Crane