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Playwrights Horizons
New York, NY
Dedicated to developing and producing great new American plays & musicals since 1971.
Interests: New plays, playwriting, new musicals, playwrights
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REGISTER TODAY for Run for Water New York … Be part of an international Earth Week event in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park! See The Roots and John Legend performing in the Water Village! Click here to register. Opening Earth Week 2010, the Dow / LIVE EARTH Run for Water is a series of global run/walk events happening within a 24-hour period on April 18, 2010 to raise awareness about the shortage of safe drinking water in both developed and undeveloped countries. Register and run (or walk) to help bring clean water to people around the world! A portion of your entry... Continue reading
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Hi, all! A COOL DIP closes this Sunday, April 11th so if you haven't had a chance to catch it, now is the time. $30 tickets (reg. $50) are available for all remaining performances with code CDBL. Order online HERE or call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily). Subject to availability. Our special event is this Sunday! Journalist and author Alex Prud’homme will be reading from and discussing his latest work Clean, Clear and Cold at 4:45pm on Sunday, April 11 in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater following the 2pm matinee performance of A Cool Dip in the Barren... Continue reading
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KQED, Northern California’s Public Broadcasting organization, presents a clever web video in which anthropologists from the distant future try to make sense of the irrational and excessive consumption of plastic bottles in the early 21st century. Continue reading
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The April issue of National Geographic Magazine is all about water. It’s called “Water: Our Thirsty World,” and inside, you’ll find a number of items directly pertaining to A COOL DIP... including photos of Ethiopia and Kibera, the Nairobi slum where Kia first conceived of the play, as well as an article on the depletion of the Jordan River and the Israeli/Palestinian water conflict. There’s also plenty more, and tons of incredible pictures. You can check it out here. Continue reading
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Thanks to Chay for his tip about this rather heartening, and slightly nauseating, bit of news from Venice, courtesy NY Times writer Elizabeth Rosenthal (originally published June 11, 2009): In this hot and noble city, discarded water bottles float by gondolas on the edges of the canals and spill out of trash cans on the majestic Piazza San Marco. Because Venice has no roads, trash must be collected on foot at enormous expense. And while plastic bottles can in principle be recycled, the process still unleashes greenhouse gases. Italians are the leading consumers of bottled water in the world, drinking... Continue reading
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Jocelyn Prince's interview with Kia is now up on Time Out's website and in the pages of the magazine! Here's a brief excerpt: “America is not saving me, I am here to save America,” says Abebe, an Ethiopian student preacher turned ecologist who’s the protagonist of Kia Corthron’s new play, A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, currently at Playwrights Horizons. Corthron, a writer known for tackling tough issues (environmental racism in Splash Hatch on the E Going Down, police brutality in Force Continuum), asks her audiences to stop sipping bottled water long enough to consider the consequences of... Continue reading
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Also from yesterday's Huffington Post, Annie Leonard's article about her 7-minute animated film, "The Story of Bottled Water." Here's an excerpt. Imagine I was trying to sell you a sandwich. It's shrink wrapped in plastic that may leach toxic chemicals, but don't worry about that. Mine's still healthier than a sandwich you could make at home, what with all those impurities in your fridge. Now, I've got no proof of that, and actually, some people have tested my sandwiches and found that sometimes they have more bad stuff in them than the ones from your own kitchen. But never mind... Continue reading
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“The News Hour” on PBS is producing a series on water problems around the world, the first installment of which premiered this past Sunday, March 21. The first segment takes a look at a village in rural Ethiopia benefiting from a new well system, but also makes clear how far Ethiopia is from providing such resources to all of its rural population. “The News Hour” report also mentions that the April issue of National Geographic will be devoted to water issues around the world. Check out the first installment of the “News Hour” report here. Continue reading
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Here's an excerpt from Mandy Moore's article in today's Huffington Post regarding World Water Day: As we drink water straight from the faucet, it's hard to believe that one in six people around the world lack clean drinking water, and every 15 seconds another child dies because of it. Today, Tuesday, March 23rd, I'm in D.C. representing the global health organization PSI for a series of activities in observance of World Water Day. I am briefing members of Congress on my experience in Southern Sudan, joining what will hopefully be the world's longest toilet queue to bring awareness to the... Continue reading
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In the fifth installment of our ON THE HORIZON series, Playwrights Horizons Marketing Resident Courtney Beam talks theater, music, and Legos with A COOL DIP's Tay, and 9 year-old harmonica player extraordinaire, Joshua King. Click link below to listen. (7:20). Josh King Final Continue reading
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If you've seen A COOL DIP, you've undoubtedly come away wanting to know more about the water issues explored in the play. If you haven't seen the play (what are you waiting for?), here's some valuable information to whet your appetite: A CNN.com report on the effects of drought in Orme, TN, referenced in the play. The official website of Masaru Emoto, a Japanese author known for his controversial claim that if human speech or thoughts are directed at water droplets before they are frozen, images of the resulting water crystals (see above) will be beautiful or ugly depending upon... Continue reading
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Check out this fantastic interview with Kia conducted by her sister Kara Lee Corthron (pictured, left). It just appeared in the Brooklyn Rail. A brief excerpt: KARA LEE: What I really love about your work is that, as you say, you always begin with a political impetus, but you also always have a personal impetus. How soon do characters and character relationships figure into your writing process and are your characters often based on people you’ve come across in your research? KIA: Because, yes, I always do start with a political impetus, it means mountains of research before I ever... Continue reading
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Click the bar below to listen to A COOL DIP playwright Kia Corthron discuss her writing process, her anomalous upbringing in Western Maryland, and how she empathizes with characters in her issue-based plays (8:50). Kia Corthron Continue reading
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The Sharp Theater lobby is packed with supplies, a sure sign that tech is in motion. It will be cleaned and readied for audiences in time for Thursday evening's first preview. Below: Lighting Supervisor Doug Filomena, Lighting Designer extraordinaire Ben Stanton, and Asst. Lighting Designer Carl Faber confer. Continue reading
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Here is a sneak peek at the concepts for the set design of A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, as realized in 1/4" scale by the amazingly talented Kris Stone. Kris’s set designs have been seen throughout the U.S., Scotland, England, Ireland, and Australia in over 100 productions, earning her a nomination for The Irish Theatre Award for Best Set Designer, an NEA/TCG Award for Set Design, a 2006 Bay Area Critics Award for Best Set Design, a Featured Designer at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial, and a nomination for The Drama Desk Award for Maurice Sendak and Tony... Continue reading
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In my ongoing attempt to place our season’s playwrights in a cultural context, I find myself sitting in a cubicle far past office hours, my desk strewn with pages from a variety of plays written by the idiosyncratic Kia Corthron, trying to pin down what exactly we mean when we say that a play is “political.” In anticipation for the 2001 premiere of her play Force Continuum at the Atlantic Theater Company, former Times critic Don Shewey wrote a profile article about Corthron entitled “A Playwright Who’s Unafraid to Admit She’s Political.” I find this silly, the implication that anyone... Continue reading
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In 1976, when the average American consumed 5.7 liters of bottled water annually, he or she would be lucky to find a bottle of Perrier at a gourmet grocery. A little over thirty years later, we each consume an average of 48.6 liters of the stuff and can choose from more than seven hundred domestic brands in gas stations and corner stores from sea to shining sea. The ever-increasing ubiquity and endless variety of bottled water is a recent (and for some, inexplicable) phenomenon, but the notion of water-as-commodity is centuries old, and the reasons for its current popularity are... Continue reading
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Journalist and author Alex Prud’homme will be reading from his latest work Clean, Clear and Cold at 5:00pm on Sunday, April 11 in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater following the 2pm matinee performance of A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Mr. Prud’homme. Clean, Clear and Cold tackles the challenges of fresh water today – from polluted tap water and the bottled water wars, to record floods and droughts – and presents some potential solutions. The book also concerns the perilous state of the world’s fresh water, the people and... Continue reading
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In January 2007, I traveled with the Foundry Theatre, who partnered with Ma-Yi Theater Company and Hip-Hop Theater Festival, to the World Social Forum in Nairobi. Sixty-six thousand internationals descending upon the Kenyan capital, and of the literally thousands of political sessions, I was most drawn to the ones focusing on water: who has access, who doesn’t, and the consequential power structure. On the edge of the city, where remarkably few of the activists ventured, was Kibera, an enormous slum. My fellow traveler Katy Savard befriended and introduced us to Kiberan resident Kennedy Odede, the 23-year-old director of a local... Continue reading
Tickets are now officially on sale for A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick! The show runs March 4-April 11 in Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Just for reading this blog, we are happy to provide a special DISCOUNT: Order by March 28, and tickets are: $30 (reg. $50) for performances March 4-21 $40 (reg. $50) for performances March 23-April 11 Limit 4 tickets per order. Subject to availability. How to order (with code CDBL): Online: TicketCentral.com by clicking here or visit www.ticketcentral.com Phone: (212) 279-4200 (Noon-8pm daily) In person: Ticket Central, 416 West 42nd Street between 9th... Continue reading
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Mr. King plays Tay in A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick. Theater: Medea (Stella Adler Studio/NYU). Film/TV: The Order, “Kings” (NBC), “All My Children,” “Z Rock,” “Gravity” (upcoming on Starz), “The Daily Show,” as well as numerous appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” Joshua is also a talented harmonica player who has studied and performed with world-class musicians. Read more about Mr. King HERE. Continue reading
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Mr. Chappelle plays Tich and Seyoum in A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick. Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac. Regional: Ion (Shakespeare Theatre of DC), The Gabriels (SPF), The Brothers Size (McCarter and The Abbey Theatre). TV: “Law & Order” (defense attorney Gavin Edlund), “Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac” (PBS). Graduate of The Juilliard School. Continue reading
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Ms. Muschett plays HJ in A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick. She most recently appeared as Oya/Osha in The Brother/Sister Plays at The Public Theater. Recent credits: In the Red and Brown Water (Alliance), The Engagement (The Wings Theatre), Our Lady of 121st Street, and Anton in Show Business (Circuit Playhouse). TV: “One Life to Live” (recurring), “All My Children,” “Guiding Light.” MFA: Rutgers University. Visit her website HERE. Continue reading
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We are pleased to unveil the official poster for A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, designed by Bradford Louryk. Continue reading
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Ms. Taylor plays Pickle in A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick. At Playwrights Horizons, she has appeared in Crazy Mary and Fabulation. Broadway: Nine, Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Mule Bone, A Streetcar Named Desire. National tour: Wicked (Madame Morrible). Regional: Native Son (Intiman), Safe in Hell (Yale Rep), The Old Settler (McCarter/Long Wharf, world premiere), Williamstown Theatre Festival. Member of the Royal Shakespeare Festival, performed with the company in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. TV: “Law & Order” (all three shows), “Oz.” Film: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Understudy, Changing Lanes, Unfaithful, Everyone Says I... Continue reading