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Tennessee: In Memory of Zack Allen

Zack Allen was a warm personality and roving intellect with decades of experience around Knoxville, ranging from professional acting to administering grants for arts funding. However, when he passed away in 2018 at 52 years old, one of his biggest impacts left behind would be the Knoxville Children’s Theatre (KCT) he co-founded with...
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Southwest: We Persist

At the time of this writing, Arizona reported 4,000 new COVID-19 cases yesterday. Also yesterday, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported that New Mexico cases were “skyrocketing,” though the numbers compared to Arizona remain vastly different. It has not been the springing back to life our Southwestern theatres might have hoped for...
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Washington State: Hidden Venues

With many theatres still taking tentative steps, it’s worth identifying hidden venues. After participating in the West Coast Footlights last March, Gretchen O’Halloran did just that, showing the same tenacity, skill, and determination as the heroine in her play....
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Puerto Rico: Uniendo Nuestras Voces (Uniting Our Voices)

T wo years ago, we—two members of the Dramatists Guild of America living in Puerto Rico—advocated to have the region officially recognized by the DG. We quickly became the DG Reps for PR, then came up with the idea that to get powerful recognition as an essential part of the American theatre, Puerto Rican playwrights should...
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New Jersey: Out of the Confines of Zoom

The theatre scene in New Jersey is bursting out of the confines of the Zoom rectangles and standing back up on the boards for live audiences, with seven New Jersey-based playwrights getting productions at five different theatres. In October, Hudson Theatre Works, based in...
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New England – West: Being Together

New England – West’s first in-person event since February 2020 took place on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. An intimate group of New England – West dramatists gathered for a panel discussion “Back on Broadway,” moderated...
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Houston: The Slow Return to the Houston Stage

The closing of 2021 has seen a lot of changes in the live theatre community, with the return of most regional and community theatres in Houston. There is a sense of relief and uncertainty about the future of the stage. The main question: are audiences willing to come back to live theatre? Since the beginning of 2021, Texas Governor...
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Florida: We’re Getting Back to Business

In South Florida, theatres are opening their doors. Many restrictions remain in place in reference to COVID-19.   Slow Burn Theatre Company presented Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown October 12 – 24 at the Broward Center for Performing...
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Gulf Coast: Returning to the Stage

Audiences are still experiencing playwrights works via Zoom but more performances are happening in non-traditional spaces. It was a welcomed sight in my early Autumn morning email: “IT’S OPENING NIGHT!! At long last—after pandemics, hurricanes, and just about every other imaginable obstacle—we have made it to opening night of...
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DC: Making Up Stories with Bob Bartlett

Theatre is an inherently social artform, depending on collaboration and communication, so it’s not surprising that playwrights have found difficulty during these isolating times. One playwright has had no such problems. I caught up with DC Area playwright Bob...
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Dallas/Fort Worth: Bring the Play to Life

In Fort Worth, Amphibian Stage opened the world premiere of Egress, written by Melissa Crespo and Sarah Saltwick. The play is a psychological thriller examining the way spaces can protect us or traps us. Saltwick is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at...
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Chicago: Reflections On Online Development Processes

In spring of 2021, nearly a year after the pandemic shut down Chicago stages, DG Chicago hosted a virtual panel and mixer with DG membership and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA). The two-part event began with a question and answer session...