An Encounter with Playwright David Hirson

Posted by The G on November 18, 2010 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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Playwright David Hirson is awesome!  His play “LaBete” is currently on Broadway (and I recommend you check it out).  It stars David Hyde Pierce (of “Frasier”), stage star Mark Rylance – who gives a Tony caliber performance, as well as Joanna Lumley (of “Absolutely Fabulous”).  The show is definitely worth seeing as it is very well acted, is funny and of course, has a wonderful cast. Hirson wrote the play in iambic pentameter and when you think of the skill involved by the actors pulling off these lines with such perfection, you cannot help but take your hat off to David Hirson.  Thanks for being so cool David!

An Encounter with Neil LaBute

Posted by The G on July 26, 2010 under Encounters with G | 2 Comments to Read

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Neil LaBute is arguably the best modern playwright alive.  His stories are edgy and his unsettling portrayals of human relationships have won him legions of fans across the globe. He’s also an accomplished director (“Nurse Betty,” “The Wicker Man,” “Death At A Funeral,”) and screenwriter.  On July 26, 2010, Neil LaBute was reading from his latest collection Filthy Talk For Troubled Times and Other Plays at the Drama Bookshop in New York.  Like his stories, Neil LaBute was extremely funny as he alternated between reading passages from his book, answering questions from the audience and also treating us to unheard work!  I took a video of him reading his as yet unreleased short story “Anything You Like,” and it’ll be posted here soon, so stay tuned!  He also talked about possibly collaborating with Elvis Costello on a musical in the future and the prospect of that had the crowd squealing with delight.  I met Neil LaBute after his talk and he was extremely nice.  Thanks again Neil and I really hope to see the LaBute/Costello production coming soon!

Neil LaBute

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