Now or Later Reading at MTC

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

Eddie Redmayne and Domhnall Gleeson

HowlRound Interview

March 4th, 2015

HowlRound interviewed me about the playwriting MFA at the New School for Drama.

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Four in Chicago

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

Robert Howard and Michael Kurowski

Contemporary Theatre Review Interview

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

Eddie Redmayne and Nancy Crane

2014 in Review

December 15th, 2014

In 2014, my main piece of public writing was an essay on disability for The Atlantic, which led to an interview with the CBC and a Dramatists Guild panel on disability. Otherwise, I continued working with a great group of students at the New School for Drama. I also enjoyed continued small productions of Dying City; had some fun at the doomed NYT Opinion App launch party; contributed a short piece for The Dramatist; had a productive retreat with the Sundance Institute in the Hamptons; and did a fun in-depth interview with Stephen Bottoms about my work. 2015 should be a productive year; stay tuned for news.

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Christopher Imbrosciano and Liam Benzvi

On the Mountain Shout-outs

November 10th, 2014

Two nice shout-outs in the last few months for my 2005 play On The Mountain: in this TDF article about plays that should be revived, and this Portland theatre blog about contemporary plays to read.

Alison Pill and Amy Ryan

Alison Pill and Amy Ryan

 

Now or Later Acting Edition

November 7th, 2014

DPS has published an acting edition for Now or Later which means the play is available in print from a US publisher at last.

Michael Goldsmith

Michael Goldsmith

Sundance Playwrights Studio

October 26th, 2014

I just returned from a wonderful week at the Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Studio at Flying Point. Graciously hosted by Joan and George Hornig, a great group of writers got to work freely in a beautiful setting. Below, the barn on the Hornig property where many of us did our work.

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Writing for Disability

September 24th, 2014

Below, a Dramatists Guild panel “Writing for Disability,” from HowlRoundTV.

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Dying City in Miami

September 17th, 2014

Roger Martin, miamiartzine: A challenging piece best watched while leaning forward, perched on the edge of the seat, mouth slightly agape and eyes squinted to catch every nuance skittering through a ninety minute message that all’s not right with a young war widow, her manly dead husband reappearing in flashbacks and her husband’s gay twin brother.

Christian Vandepas and Valentina Izarra

Christian Vandepas and Valentina Izarra