Playwriting Alumni and Faculty Work Featured On And Off The Stage
BY Paola Alexandra Soto, May 6, 2019
Recently, The New York Times Style Magazine, T Magazine did a special feature where they asked 15 playwrights to create original works around their visions of America set in 2024. Among them, are three pieces by Columbia theatre-makers, two by playwriting alumni Celine Song ’14 and Jocelyn Bioh ’08, and another by a current faculty member Lynn Nottage.
Included in the magazine is the piece, Adults by playwriting alumna Celine Song, whose play Endlings received its world premiere in 2019 at American Repertory Theater to much acclaim. For Waiting Room by playwriting alumna Jocelyn Bioh, T Magazine gathered four actors and filmed them doing a reading of the script. The video can be viewed here. Bioh's new romantic comedy, Nollywood Dreams is part of MCC’s 2019-2020 season and will be presented in the spring. The production will be directed by directing alumnus Saheem Ali '07.
Finally, playwriting faculty member Lynn Nottage wrote Submerged, which was inspired by the art of Lorna Simpson. Nottage also wrote the book for Secret Life of Bees, a new musical based on the Sue Monk Kidd novel. Previews begin at the Atlantic Theater’s Linda Gross Theater on May 12. For more information on this world premiere and to purchase tickets click here.
Readers can visit T Magazine’s website to read and view the pieces by featured playwrights.