Harlem Song – George C. Wolfe

The Apollo Theatre on West 125th Street, in the center of Harlem's major business district, has always represented something much more than a venue for popular entertainment. As with the Palace in the heyday of vaudeville, if you played  ...

All Over – Edward Albee

"There are no second acts in American lives," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, which is often true but also often not. Two of America's premiere post World War II playwrights, Arthur Miller and Edward Albee, despite periods of audience neglect  ...

Endpapers – Thomas McCormack

"Write about what you know": We may safely assume that Thomas McCormack offered this familiar bit of sage advice to many a novice author during his more than a quarter-century career as working editor/CEO at St. Martin's Press. For  ...

Blue Surge – Rebecca Gilman

Of the new young playwrights who have emerged in the past decade, Rebecca Gilman is unique in that she has embraced a kind of drama that most of her contemporaries have rejected: the social problem play. Her plays are  ...

Fortune’s Fool – Ivan Turgenev

In Act II of Chekhov's The Sea Gull, the infatuated young Nina gushes to the attractive visiting writer, Trigorin, about how exalting it must be to be a great artist. He bemusedly replies that yes, he knows that his  ...

The Crucible – Arthur Miller

Online references on Arthur Miller "It's hard to hold a pen with a clenched fist," said Ralph Ellison, and works of art inspired by contemporary political grievance do not do well in the survivability  ...

Homebody/Kabul – Tony Kushner

In the shattered world of post-9/11, Tony Kushner may have found his time. Kushner has long embraced the often scorned label of "political playwright," always searching in the work of others and in his own work for the socio-political  ...