Adam, Portland Ore. has an amazingly high number of excellent playwrights -- amazing, I mean, because Portland's not a big town and has a shocking dearth of venues for new playwriting, yet we're blessed with all these superb writers. You've already spoken with the fab Steve Patterson, and in addition I would nominate Matt Zrebski, Andrea Stolowitz, Nick Zagone, Hunt Holman, Sam Gregory and Ellen Margolis, and that's just scratching the surface... Also, this may surprise you, but in recent years Michael Rohd (AD of Sojourn Theatre) has come to the fore as a writer, and has constructed some astonishing theater works in a way that's intriguing and felicitous. Worth checking out.
Also some up-and-comers to watch:Claire WilletEugenia WoodsMarc Acito (yes, the author)
Maybe not now because she's pretty new but LOUISE FLORY had her first play at The New York International Fringe Festival back in August. Interesting stuff. I knew her work as an actor before that and was kind of rocked by the play.
Josh Hartwell, Rebecca Gorman and Edith Weiss, in Denver. We have a lot of theatre companies, but few companies that consistently do original work. Also, go old school: Mac Wellman, Erik Ehn.
Would love to see interviews with Bruce Norris, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Jordan Harrison, and a second for Erik Ehn.I love your blog, look forward to it every day.
I'd love to see interviews with Betty Shamieh, Jennifer Fawcett, Sean Christopher Lewis--and in Chicago Tanya Saracho, Mickle Maher, Rohina Malik, and Kristiana Colón. And that's probably just scratching the surface.
Julie Hebert in LAJohn O'Keefe in San Francisco
In LA: Jose Rivera ("Marisol," "Each Day Dies With Sleep")Eric Overmyer ("On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning")
Sigrid Gilmer, Jerome Parker, Sibyl O'Malley.
A. John Boulanger (Austin, TX) - House of Several Stories
Harrison Rivers, Young Jean Lee, Richard Maxwell, Michael Lew, Polly Stenham, Lucy Prebble, Adriano Shaplin,Will Eno,Adam Rapp,Adam Bock.I would like more interviews with playwrights that devise work with actors and directors.Ash
Paul Mullin is a buddy of mine and doing some interesting stuff in Seattle.
Sylvia Reed in Florida. SPF 2008 and London last summer, The ones That Flutter.
O god, just to second what Lucy said: Julie Hebert. Please interview her, she is awesome.
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