The American Theatre Wing
's upcoming "Working in the Theatre" will feature five contemporary playwrights - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
, Douglas Carter Bean
e, Kia Corthron
, Daisy Foote
, and Adam Rapp
-on CUNY TV on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. The program will repeat on Friday, Feb. 2 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m., and Sunday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m.
On the program, the playwrights discuss why they, as products of the age of electronic entertainment -- and as writers who work in various forms -- choose to tell certain stories in the theatre; consider whether one can be taught playwriting or whether one simply learns it; ponder the prevalence of 90 minute plays against the three-act classics of the past; and reflect upon the writers who most influenced their own work.
A 2003 graduate of Yale Drama School, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has written numerous plays, including Based on a Totally True Story, Bloody Mary, Dark Matters, Good Boys and True, Muckle Man, The Mystery Plays, and Say You Love Satan. Aguirre-Sacasa writes the monthly adventures of the Fantastic Four and Nightcrawler for Marvel Comics and is developing a cartoon series for Nickelodeon, "Punk Rock Angel Girl," in collaboration with the singer/songwriter Jewel.
Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed is now playing at the Cort Theatre. His writing credits include As Bees in Honey Drown (Outer Critics Circle, Gassner Playwriting Award); Advice From a Caterpillar; The Country Club; Music From a Sparkling Planet; The Cartells; Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost, Too. In addition, he wrote the revue, White Lies, Mondo Drama and the musicals The Big Time, Lysistrata Jones. His screenwriting credits include To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar; Advice From a Caterpillar (Best Feature, Aspen Comedy Festival). His adaptation of Xanadu will debut on Broadway later this spring.
Kia Corthron is the author of Force Continuum (Atlantic Theater Company); Breath, Boom, ( London's Royal Court Theatre and Playwrights Horizons; Splash Hatch on the E Going Down (New York Stage and Film, Center Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, and London's Donmar Warehouse); Digging Eleven (Hartford Stage Company); Seeking the Genesis (Goodman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club); Life by Asphyxiation (Playwrights Horizons); and Come Down Burning (Long Wharf Theatre, American Place Theatre). She has received the Taper's Fadiman Award, NEA/TCG, Kennedy Center Fund, and Callaway Award.