The playwright David Adjmi and the director Rebecca Taichman are interviewed by Soho Rep.’s Director of New Work & FEED, Raphael Martin. The conversation ranges over where the idea for MARIE ANTOINETTE came from and how Rebecca has uniquely tackled the challenge of scaling such a large play down to Soho Rep.’s small-sized room.
David Adjmi‘s play Marie Antoinette received a world premiere co-production with ART and Yale Rep (Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Play). 3C received its world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Best of 2012 in NY Post, Time Out and the Advocate.) Elective Affinities, which premiered at the RSC in London, received a U.S. premiere starring Zoe Caldwell and directed by Sarah Benson. Other plays include Stunning (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Evildoers (Sundance, Yale Repertory Theatre), Caligula (Soho Rep. Studio), and Strange Attractors (Empty Space). David is the Playwright-in-Residence at Soho Rep. for the next three years as part of the Mellon Foundation Playwrights Residency Program. He has also been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Kesselring Prize for Drama, the Steinberg Playwright Award (the “Mimi”) and others. He currently holds commissions from Lincoln Center Theater, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Center Theatre Group and the Royal Court. A collection of David’s work, Stunning and Other Plays, is published by TCG, and his work is included in The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays. His memoir, An Insignificant Man, is forthcoming from HarperCollins, and a second play collection from TCG will be published in 2014.
Rebecca Taichman New York: Off-Broadway: Stage Kiss by Sarah Ruhl (Playwrights Horizons – upcoming); Luck of the Irish by Kirsten Greenidge (LCT3); Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge (Playwrights Horizons); Orlando by Sarah Ruhl (CSC); Dark Sistersmusic by Nico Muhly, libretto by Stephen Karam (Music Theater Group/Gotham/OCP); Orpheus by Telemann (New York City Opera); The Scene by Theresa Rebeck (Second Stage); Menopausal Gentleman (The New Ohio Theatre); Rappacinni’s Daughter (Gotham Opera). Select Regional: Time and the Conways (Old Globe); Marie Antoinette (world premiere) by David Adjmi (Yale Repertory & ART); Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Milk Like Sugar (world premiere) (La Jolla Playhouse); She Loves Me (OSF); A Winter’s Tale, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night (Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Play) & Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Theater Company); A Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Sleeping Beauty Wakes book by Rachel Sheinken, music and lyrics by Groove Lily (McCarter Theatre); Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl (world premiere), The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl (Woolly Mammoth); The Evildoers by David Adjmi (world premiere) (Yale Repertory); The Scene by Theresa Rebeck (world premiere) (The Humana Festival); The Green Violin by Elise Thoron, music by Frank London (The Prince Music Theatre).