Actors often have side hustles, from waiting tables to word processing, but rarely are their performance skills so utilized as when they become “standardized patients,” presenting scripted symptoms to medical students in simulated doctor-patient exchanges. Actor and playwright Nandita Shenoy has played these mock clinical gigs in her career, and drew on her experiences for Esspy, her … Read Full Article→
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The set for Kenneth Jones’ new comedy, Ten Minutes On a Bench, couldn’t be simpler: It’s a park bench. In the 13-scene play, that bench becomes a perch for 27 characters who are seeking a love match through the titular dating app that geolocates nearby outdoor seating for a speed-dating opportunity.
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The indie Manhattan company Ground UP Productions will present four new plays in its winter 2024 staged reading series on four Mondays in February. The playwrights and plays are Dianne Nora’s Six Men Dressed Like Joseph Stalin (Feb. 5), Kenneth Jones’ Ten Minutes On a Bench (Feb. 12), Chris Thorpe’s A Family Business (Feb. 19) … Read Full Article→
There’s a delightful new holiday distraction in store for fans of radio plays, theater and the stories of Damon Runyon. In fall 2023, Hear Play Audio Theatre released the audio play Three Wise Guys, inspired by two Runyon short stories, just in time for Christmas listening. The script by Scott Alan Evans and Jeffrey Couchman was originally … Read Full Article→
Jan Lucas has carved out a beautiful career acting on stages around the country, primarily in Chicago and Indianapolis. I was lucky to meet her when she was cast in a developmental reading of my grief-related family drama Two Henrys for Actors Theatre of Indiana in 2022. Little did I know then that the richness of her work … Read Full Article→
Alabama Story, playwright Kenneth Jones’ six-actor, one-set drama about censorship, book banning, Civil Rights and American character in “the Deep South of the imagination,” had its world premiere by Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. By early 2024, the highly theatrical play will have been produced in more than 60 cities, introducing the world to … Read Full Article→
Christine Toy Johnson’s play The Secret Wisdom of Trees, about a woman’s need to map her past as she faces a future with Alzheimer’s disease, will get a fresh developmental step in a reading at Sarasota’s Florida Studio Theatre Aug. 11. Johnson will be on the FST campus for rehearsals with director Carolyn Michel.
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