The Sondheim Issue
No. 1
Vol. 25
September/October 2022

This edition of The Dramatist pays tribute to the artist, mentor, collaborator, and past Guild Council President Stephen Sondheim (1930 - 2021). Guest edited by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this issue includes Sondheim’s “Ten Questions” and “Musical Theatre: A Talk by Stephen Sondheim,” the transcript of an ad lib dissertation from 1977 that was originally edited for publication in The Dramatists Guild Quarterly, Autumn 1978.

In “I Collabor Him and He Collabors Me,” Lin-Manuel Miranda moderates a roundtable with Sondheim’s collaborators, James Lapine, David Ives, and John Weidman; in “Our Time: The Influence of Sondheim,” Khiyon Hursey leads a conversation with Joriah Kwamé, Madeline Myers, Jay Adana, Max Vernon, Daniel Lazour, and Patrick Lazour; and in this issue’s roundup, Debbie Bolsky,  t.tara turk-haynes, Eric Pfeffinger, Sandy Sahar Gooen, S.M. Shephard-Massat, Elizabeth Coplan, and Rona Siddiqui reveal “What Sondheim Musical Influenced You Most?”

Also in this issue, DGI and Education Director Tari Stratton honors the legacy of Sondheim’s presidency, Executive Director of Creative Affairs Emmanuel Wilson announces the launch of Young Dramatists, and Kirsten Childs explains “Why I Joined the Guild.”

THE DRAMATIST is the official journal of the Dramatists Guild of America, the professional organization of playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists. It is made possible by funding from the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America, a generous gift from the JOHN LOGAN FOUNDATION through a grant from the Dramatists Guild Foundation, and contributions from Guild members LIKE YOU.

Cover of The Sondheim Issue of The Dramatist

Guest Editor

Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda

is a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter, actor, director, and producer. Creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning Hamilton and In the Heights. Among his many other accolades, achievements, and contributions, he wrote additional lyrics for this season’s New York, New York.

Cover Illustration and Artwork

Bo Lundberg
Bo Lundberg

is an award-winning illustrator based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been working internationally since he first appeared in Wallpaper magazine. Bo started drawing at a very early age and he has never stopped. Clients include American Express, Bentley, Chronicle Books, Elle, Escada, MTV, Neiman Marcus, Vanity Fair, Vogue, The Sunday Times, Travel + Leisure, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Sony Mobiles, Virgin Atlantic, and Wallpaper.

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