Inside the Playwrights Project – Rachel Lynett

  The Stages of Change Playwright Rachel Lynett doesn’t want to complain about society. She wants to change it. That passion fires her current works in progress as part of FST’s Playwrights Project. Her latest plays include As You Are, a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and Carry Me, which explores the confluence of the abolitionist and suffragist movements. Both plays draw from the past. But … Continue reading Inside the Playwrights Project – Rachel Lynett

Inside the Playwrights Project – José Casas

It’s Alive! Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the grandfather of modern science fiction. Her tale of the creation of artificial life and consciousness spawned a long line of descendants. That family tree includes James Whale’s iconic adaptation of Shelley’s novel, Metropolis, 2001, Blade Runner, and HBO’s Westworld series. When playwright José Casas joined The Playwrights Project at Florida Studio Theatre, he decided to adapt Shelley’s classic as a … Continue reading Inside the Playwrights Project – José Casas

Inside The Playwrights Project – Sandy Rustin

Theater Reinvented Like all Florida Studio Theatre productions, The Playwrights Project began with a huddle. In this case, a virtual huddle on Zoom, thanks to social distancing. Richard Hopkins, FST’s Producing Artistic Director, challenged the participating theatre artists to follow Shakespeare’s example. Think epic. Think big. Reinvent what theater means. Create a new kind of theater that’s relevant for today. Quite a challenge. It captured … Continue reading Inside The Playwrights Project – Sandy Rustin

Inside The Playwrights Project – Jason Odell Williams

What’s the Big Idea? Where do you get your ideas? Writers are used to that question. They usually give the same answer… Ideas are everywhere. There’s a constant stream on TV, snippets of conversation, dreams, the radio, the Internet, or the newspaper. Getting an idea is the easy part. Finding a good idea is not so easy. The trick is noticing when a good one … Continue reading Inside The Playwrights Project – Jason Odell Williams

The Other Side of the Curtain

by Marty Fugate Art brings people together. The pandemic has the opposite effect. After coronavirus reached our country, it brought social distancing in its wake. Restrictions on human contact saved lives, but killed live performances. Concerts yielded to the sounds of silence. Theaters closed. The shows did not go on. Stages emptied and audiences stayed home. People hid from the world – and each other. … Continue reading The Other Side of the Curtain