Now or Later in Minneapolis

August 12th, 2016

Graydon Royce, Star Tribune: “A piece that dares to chew over ideas and make us think.”

John Townsend, Lavender Magazine: “Blisteringly human… Points to Shinn as a prophetic playwright.”

Jay Gabler, City Pages: “Covers an impressive amount of territory in its one carefully structured act.”

Todd O’Dowd, l’étoile: “A taut, thought-provoking piece of theatre.”

Grant Sorenson

Grant Sorenson

New Interview

July 29th, 2016

An interview I did about Teddy Ferrara has just been published in the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance. I discuss desire, trauma, and difference, and also the play’s Chicago and London productions.

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Ryan McParland

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.”

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.

John Belluso

John Belluso