Our first of three FEED events brings back old Soho Rep friends to discuss Nature Theater of Oklahoma (NTOK) — David Cote (Time Out New York), Helen Shaw (Critic and Professor), and Jeffrey Jones (Writer and Curator). Calling themselves The Program, these three wonderful cultural critics unpack the world of theater makers and companies they admire, in a bid to make the work as accessible as possible.
DAVID COTE is theater editor and chief drama critic for Time Out New York. He is a contributing critic on NY1’s On Stage. His reporting, blogging and commentary have appeared in Opera News, The Guardian and on WNYC. He has contributed several essays to the Best Plays Yearbook series. His popular companion books to Broadway hits include Wicked: The Grimmerie, Jersey Boys and Spring Awakening: In the Flesh. David is also an early-career playwright and librettist. Plays: Otherland, commissioned by the Gingold Theatrical Group. Opera: Fade and The Scarlet Ibis with Stefan Weisman; Threeway with Robert Paterson. The Scarlet Ibis is being developed at HERE in co-production with Beth Morrison Projects for its world premiere in PROTOTYPE, a new festival dedicated to opera-theater hybrids. In the 1990s, David was an actor and director, appearing in work by avant-garde auteurs Richard Foreman, Richard Maxwell and Iranian exile Assurbanipal Babilla. From 1996 to ’98 he founded and edited the ’zine OFF: a journal for alternative theater. Fellowships: The MacDowell Colony. B.A. Bard College, 1992. http://davidcote.com
JEFFREY M. JONES is a playwright and essayist whose works include 70 Scenes of Halloween, Nightcoil, Der Inka von Peru, Tomorrowland, a series of Crazy Plays, J.P. Morgan Saves The Nation (a musical with a score by the late Jonathan Larson) and, most recently, A Letter From Omdurman presented in 2012 at the Flea. He has been manager of The Wooster Group, Richard Foreman and John Jesurun; taught playwriting at the Yale School of Drama; and is currently co-curator of the OBIE-winning Little Theatre series at Dixon Place. He blogs intermittently at http://jeffreymjones.blogspot.com
HELEN SHAW is a critic, dramaturg and performance curator, currently covering theater for Time Out New York magazine and teaching theater studies at NYU Tisch. Her writing has appeared in The New York Sun, Performing Arts Journal, Playbill, Theatre Forum, The Jewish Daily Forward, and the forward for Mac Wellman’s anthology of plays, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field.