Drama Book Shop Talk and Signing

January 29th, 2016

I’ll be talking about playwriting and signing books at Drama Book Shop on Friday, February 19 at 5pm!

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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

BroadwayCon Appearance

January 9th, 2016

UPDATE: Due to the blizzard, I will be unable to attend BroadwayCon.

I’ll be at the Drama Bookshop booth at BroadwayCon Sunday January 24th from 10:30-11:30 AM!

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Dying City in Berkeley

December 16th, 2015

UPDATE: This production has been extended.

Jeffrey Edalatpour, SFWeekly: Dying City contends with adult emotions, grief and the complications of desire. The atmosphere in the room throughout the performance is subdued but tensely coiled with emotion.

Andrew MacIver and Katie Tandy

Andrew MacIver and Katie Tandy

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

Teddy Final Week

November 29th, 2015

Dominic Cooke’s extraordinary production of Teddy Ferrara enters its final week tomorrow, closing December 5th. It will be hard to say goodbye to the incredible company, and to the amazing Donmar Warehouse as well.

Douglas Murray in The Spectator offers a late appraisal: “There aren’t many playwrights around who are really thinking both about and through the colossal tergiversations of our time. Christopher Shinn seems to me to stand out in that regard among others. Of course so do the terrific, mainly young, cast and the flawless directing (as with Now or Later) of Dominic Cooke.”

Congrats to all on a wonderful run.

Matthew Marsh, Nancy Crane, and Luke Newberry in rehearsal

Matthew Marsh, Nancy Crane, and Luke Newberry in rehearsal

Teddy Behind the Scenes

November 1st, 2015

The brilliant Donmar “Behind the Scenes” guide for Teddy Ferrara is online.

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Teddy Tweets 3

October 31st, 2015

This will be the last round-up of Teddy tweets as the play enters the second month of its run. I’m so thrilled with the audience responses to Dominic Cooke’s incredible production. Earlier entries: 12.

: “really tapped into lots of different memories and emotions”

: “truly gripping, a rollercoaster of emotions”

: “so, so important”

: “thought-provoking and bold”

: “everyone should go see #TeddyFerrara. the story should b told far & wide”

: “very provocative, modern… Eye opener. Hilarious. Must see!”

: “provoking and brave”

: “thought provoking play. Honest and funny”

: “realistic, un-glamorized, un-romanticized depiction of gay relationships & life”

: “powerful writing. #thoughtprovoking stuff”

: “such an amazing and inspiring play”

: “great play about feeling disconnected, superficiality, betrayal”

: “heartwarming and tragic”

: “exceptional”

: “simply excellent! Just the right mix of humour and gravitas”

: “great play even though it’s left me feeling depressed right now”

: “fantastic play examining homophobia on a U.S. campus”

Luke Newberry and Oliver Johnstone

Luke Newberry and Oliver Johnstone

FT on Longterm Writer-Director Collaborations

October 28th, 2015

This Matt Trueman piece for FT includes some nice details about my long-term working relationship with the great Dominic Cooke.

Dominic Cooke (Director) and Christopher Shinn (Author)

Teddy Tweets 2

October 22nd, 2015

: “a challenging, rich, brave play”

: “clever and funny whilst provoking some very serious issues and ideas”

: “fabulous; thought provoking & interesting”

: “a crucible of home truths & searching questions”

: “thoughtful and haunting”

: “hard hitting and challenging”

: “strong provocative writing”

: “fascinated by the text of Teddy Ferrara, very bold and brave, also insightful”

: “good laughs along w/a heavy dose of reality”

: “honest and beautiful”

: “amazed at how accurately they’ve managed to represent the complexities of LGBTQ+ society”

: “smart, sophisticated & v rich with issues + ideas”

: “clever play that has serious message about politics and truth”

: “questions the identify of victims versus villains and where to jab our collective fingers of blame”

: “brilliantly plotted”

: “really interesting play”

Griffyn Gilligan

Griffyn Gilligan