Disability Is Not Just a Metaphor

July 23rd, 2014

UPDATE: I’ll be on CBC’s Q Wednesday, July 30 to discuss my article.

Why don’t disabled actors get cast more? I answered the question for The Atlantic.

Liam Benzvi and Christopher Imbrosciano

Liam Benzvi and Christopher Imbrosciano in Teddy Ferrara

The Coming World at Williamstown

July 21st, 2014

Mark Armstrong directed a one-night-only production of The Coming World at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Alex Mickiewicz and Rosa Valenze Gilmore

Alex Mickiewicz and Rosa Valenze Gilmore


Dying City in NOLA

July 15th, 2014

Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com/The Times-PicayuneIn her landmark and poetic play, A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry focuses on the idea that a dream deferred becomes a heavy load over time. In his play Dying City, Christopher Shinn cuts deeper, creating a harsher poetry for harsher times, as he explores the weighty effects of an unfulfilled life.

Michael Martin, NOLA Defender: Dying City is about many things (at first I thought 9/11 and the Iraq invasion were mere topical window dressing, but Shinn has ideas of value even about those) but if I were to pick one, I’d say it’s first about the fatal attraction of machismo, in individuals and in nations… this is not a play in which everything will turn out okay if people can just tell each other the hard truth. City is a play in which the ability to hold secrets and sustain lies is all that keeps people going and sorta functional. Dying City is a stone-cold-hearted piece of work.

Will Coviello, Gambit: Strangely and starkly compelling. It’s a gripping work, bordering on psychological thriller, about the haze of memory and battle and revealing difficult truths.

Monica Harris

Monica Harris

Plays on Kindle

July 4th, 2014

A number of my plays and collections are now available on Kindle:

Tatiana Maslany

Mike McPhaden and Tatiana Maslany in Other People

NYT Opinion App Launch Party

June 18th, 2014

My “op-ed” from last week’s NYT Opinion app launch party:

Shinn OP


Upcoming Productions

June 14th, 2014

Some exciting annoncements recently:

Andrew Scott and Sian Brooke

Andrew Scott and Sian Brooke in Dying City at the Royal Court in 2006

Contemporary Theatre Review Interview

April 4th, 2014

My interview with Stephen Bottoms for Contemporary Theatre Review can be found here. Topics include Teddy FerraraHedda Gabler, realism in the theatre, my favorite contemporary plays, progress for gays, and violence in American culture.

Teddy Ferrara at the Goodman Theatre

The Sleepers in Montreal

February 27th, 2014

A rare production of The Sleepers from Théâtre tout court.

Alexandre L’Heureux and Serge Mandeville

Alexandre L’Heureux and Serge Mandeville

Four on Netflix Streaming

February 17th, 2014

Available now, occasioning nice new reviews from Edge, Outword, and Too Frank.

Aja Naomi King

Aja Naomi King

Book Case TV interview

January 28th, 2014

My interview about Teddy Ferrara for Book Case TV is now online (at 2:00):

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