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Photo Flash: Stephen Schwartz, Lin-Manuel Miranda & More Attend Dramatists Guild's National Conference in Chicago

The Dramatists Guild of America recently held their Second National Conference Having Our Say Our History, Our Future, on August 22-25, 2013 in Chicago, Il. The conference included keynote speeches, legal and business seminars, workshops, and conversations with theatre elite. Participating Council and visiting artists include Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Gretchen Cryer, Rebecca Gilman, Carol Hall, Winnie Holzman, David Ives, Lisa Kron, Martha Lavey, Bobby Lopez, Terrence McNally, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Marsha Norman, Theresa Rebeck, Stephen Schwartz, Jeff Sweet, John Weidman, George C. Wolfe, and Charlayne Woodard. Check out a look back at the national conference below
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Nytw Presents The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter 11/13-12/20

New York Theatre Workshop (Nytw) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo, and The Acting Company Producing Artistic Director Margot Harley have announced that The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, written by Rebecca Gilman, based on the novel by Carson McCullers, directed by Doug Hughes, will begin performances Friday, November 13, 2009, at 7pm, at Nytw, 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery.
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Nytw Presents The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter 11/13-12/20

New York Theatre Workshop (Nytw) Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director William Russo, and The Acting Company Producing Artistic Director Margot Harley have announced that The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, written by Rebecca Gilman, based on the novel by Carson McCullers, directed by Doug Hughes, will begin performances Friday, November 13, 2009, at 7pm, at Nytw, 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery.
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Deaf People Speak Out Against Hearing Actor Portraying Deaf Role

The New York Times reports on a controversy surrounding the New York Theater Workshop production of Carson McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter whose central character John Singer is a deaf and mute man in the novel. Playwright Rebecca Gilman adapted the fictional work to the stage and included a spoken opening and closing monologue for Singer. Now deaf actors and activists are protesting the decision made by the director to cast a hearing man to play the part. Says Linda Bove, the deaf actress who is familiar to many from Sesame Street, "A hearing actor playing a deaf character is tantamount to putting a white actor in blackface." The director Doug Hughes feels that because the monologues are spoken, only a hearing actor would work for the part. There are several issues raised by this...
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American Earnestness and a French Soufflé

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A cursory look at the filmography of writer-director Ramin Bahrani -- and by "cursory," I mean one not involving actually viewing any of his films -- will suggest to many that he's the kind of filmmaker who specializes in the oft-dreaded Movie That Is Good For You. His films invariably deal with cross-cultural exchange, or lack thereof; his characters are strangers in strange (albeit torn-from-today's-headlines) lands. They are immigrants looking for ways of belonging, foreigners trying to make peace with their obscure pasts and other species of societal outcasts. A possible précis for Bahrani's latest picture, "Goodbye Solo," wouldn't have to try terribly hard to make it sound like a cross between "Driving Miss Daisy" and Kiarostami's "A Taste of Cherry." The picture, set in Winston-Salem (where Bahrani himself was born) tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a cheery Senegalese cab driver named Solo (Souleymane Sy Savane) and a super-gruff,
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Screen Media FIlms picks up "An American Affair"

Screen Media Films has picked up rights to distribute Sten Olssen's political thriller "An American Affair." Gretchen Mol and Noah Wyle star. The film is receiving a domestic release on Februaty 27th next year. Taking place in 1963, the film tells of a teen who watches JFK's affair with a neighbor (played by Mol). The company is also distributing the Alec BaldwinKieran Culkin and Rory Culkin starrer "Lymelife," as well as the drama "Spinning Into Butter" starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Miranda Richardson, Beau Bridges, Mykelti Williamson and Paul James. Mark Brokaw helms that project from the writing by Doug Athison ("Akeelah and the Bee") and Rebecca Gilman.
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