May 25, 2012 |
Playwright Stephen Karam has made a splash off-Broadway with one play and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize with another. But for memorable moments in his stage career, he says there's nothing quite like his teenage triumphs in the Blank Theatre's annual young playwrights competition and festival. "When you see people taking your work seriously at that age, it makes a big impression," said Karam, 32. "For the first time I thought of myself as a real writer. " For two decades, the small, Hollywood-based Blank has presented plays and musicals by students 19 and younger with directors such as Barbara Bain and Jeremy Sisto, mentors such as Garry Marshall and Terrence McNally and actors such as Sarah Michelle Gellar, Debra Messing and Chris Pine.
November 27, 2010 |
Most readers know the Swedish author Henning Mankell either for his political views ? he is a strident critic of Israel and participated in the protest flotilla attempting to run its Gaza blockade earlier this year ? or for his mysteries featuring Inspector Kurt Wallander. But there is a lot more to Mankell both as a writer and as an activist. The author of more than a dozen novels and many plays and television films (including his current project, a program about his father-in-law Ingmar Bergman)
September 9, 1996 |
From the first vibrant measure of "Alive," the song that opens "Sky's End," Blank Theatre Company's latest offering at the 2nd Stage Theatre, fans of musicals may rejoice. Although Joseph Alan Drymala, who wrote the book, music and lyrics, tends to favor overwrought emotions and almost melodramatic plotting, he is unmistakably a promising new talent in the musical theater world.
August 18, 1995 |
The writers responsible for "Young Playwrights Mainstage 95," sponsored by the Blank Theatre Company, are all 17 or 18 years old--ripe ages for an actor or rock star, perhaps, but pretty young indeed for a playwright. This bill at the Hudson Theatre of three one-acts--chosen from winners of a local playwriting competition--proves that theatrical talent can be evident at that early age. Unfortunately, so can many of the problems that dog far more experienced dramatists.
September 17, 1999 |
"A Night Out With Young Playwrights" at the 2nd Stage features two winning entries from the Blank Theatre Company's annual Young Playwrights Festival. The two teen-penned playlets, which deal with adolescent sexuality and gender confusion, are precocious, earnest and sentimental to a fault.
February 19, 1995 |
The first cast recording of an L.A. 99-seat musical revival has hit the racks: a CD of "The Cradle Will Rock," the 1937 Marc Blitzstein musical, as presented last year by Blank Theatre Co. at the Off Ramp Theatre in Hollywood. It's the second first for that show's recording history--"The Cradle Will Rock" also was the first Broadway musical to receive an original cast album, in 1938. The new CD is on the Hollywood-based Lockett-Palmer label.