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  • 11 Nov 2016 9:54 AM | Mahindokht Mohasseb

      Children (play) 2016

    Afghanistan 2012. Two daughters and their father suffer from a prevailing tradition (Bacheh pooshi). A family without a son makes its little daughter wear and behave like a boy. As this girl is growing up with all the freedoms and authorities of a boy in that society, she believes actually she is a boy and proud of herself. Her father is also happy to have a son. When this boy gets thirteen years old his father tells him: “you are old enough and must marry a man.” The boy is confused, the father tells him the truth. The boy gets distressed and mad. He blames his father for cheating him, the father replies it is a tradition and also you ignored the signs and indicators showing you were not a boy.

    The play goes on.

          Mahin.mohasseb@gmail.com

            The author’s language is Persian.


  • 06 Nov 2016 6:37 PM | Amy Oestreicher

    I'm honored to write for The Solo Performer on staying authentic to your own path when devising, performing and producing your own solo performance:

    http://www.thesoloperformer.com/2016/11/amy-oestreicher-on-staying-authentic-to.html?m=1


    The Solo PerformerCelebration and Exploration of the Art of Solo Theatre Performance.

  • 06 Nov 2016 12:50 PM | Mahindokht Mohasseb

    The Empty Seats (play)

    In a city in the Middle East two prostitutes are on trial.  While prosecutor tries to prove that they are guilty, they defend themselves. One of the prostitutes has been taken out from her city when she has been a child and her city has been destroyed by an earthquake. The other one has been a poor child working for a family and has been raped over and over. They tell about their lives and persuade the court that they had no choice but to be prostitute and if prostitution is a crime why the seats of the men who have participated are empty in the court?

    By the way the language of the author (Mahin) is Persian.

    mahin.mohasseb@gmail.com


  • 05 Nov 2016 11:20 AM | Amy Oestreicher

    Read article: https://tlablog.org/2016/02/25/dramatherapy-as-a-lifeline-in-transforming-trauma-by-amy-oestreicher/


    "

    We are instinctively creative beings.  Through the transformative power of dramatherapy, we gain adaptability and create a positive, empowered attitude toward obstacles, physical or mental struggles, hardships, and trauma.  Our vision is a world where “detours” in life are everyday blessings.

    As we enter the new millennium, the world is faced with massive challenges as well as opportunities to solve them.  Communication is a very powerful tool. Words have the power to engage, to move ideas from the fuzzy margins to the focused center of our attention, and to inspire us to think in new ways. Theatre, arts, expressive communication, language, and learning can move us to the center of life’s stage.  Gutless & Grateful empowered me to move forward and spark a sense of rejuvenation, renewal, and hope from within."

  • 05 Nov 2016 11:16 AM | Amy Oestreicher

    Read article: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/write-show

    Or on Huffington Post: "Forever Gutless, Forever Grateful"

    "Eight years after my coma, I was finally headed towards a life of medical stability. I learned through experience that things can heal with time, and that’s not always the prettiest or easiest way. It was an extremely difficult journey, yet when I started to put together a musical of my life, things felt like they had happened for a reason. Now I had a story to tell, a message to share."
  • 24 Oct 2016 1:07 PM | Farzana Moon

    http://farzanamoon.blogspot.com

     

    https://www.amazon.com/Moghul-Hedonist-Farzana-Moon/dp/1770766103/ref=sr_1_5_twi_pap_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477254068&sr=1-5

     

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Moghul-Hedonist-Farzana-Moon/dp/1770766103/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477267824&sr=1-1&keywords=the+moghul+hedonist

     

    https://www.amazon.ca/Moghul-Hedonist-Farzana-Moon/dp/1770766103/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1477268066&sr=1-1&keywords=the+moghul+hedonist

     

     

    The Moghul Hedonist, published by Editions Dedicaces, is fourth in the series of the War of Moghul Succession in India. Emperor Jahangir reigned in name alone, while his empress Nur Jahan possessed the power to rule the emperor and the empire.  Jahangir, a mystic and a naturalist laid kingdoms at the feet of his empress, abandoning himself completely to his love for wine, both from the nature's cups and from gold flagons.  His hunger and passion for beauty in nature lured him to the paradise in Kashmir five times during his twenty-two years of reign splintered with intrigues and rebellions.  The beautiful gardens of Kashmir, some built by Nur Jahan and some restored by her, became the sanctuary of this Moghul couple, away from the royal burdens of the court intrigues.  With the exception of Jahangir's sons rebelling against him, peace and prosperity flourished during his artistic and sensuous reign.  Industry and commerce yielded great revenues. The art of painting in detail and accuracy reached its culmination under his patronage and indulgence. The poets basked under the sunshine of the emperor's generosity, and literature attained the heights of nobility and veneration.  Though cultural development rose to its peak, the emperor's health failed due to excessive drinking, his bane and challenge.  Two major challenges finished his life.  The rebellion of his favorite son styled as Shah Jahan, and one hundred days of captivity by his faithful vizier, Mahabat Khan. The last blow to his frail health came from the hands of a tragedy, when his son Prince Perwiz died of his own indulgence in drinking.  At the age of fifty-eight, when Jahangir died, Shah Jahan ascended the much-coveted throne with great pomp.  Not in the least suspecting that he would know grief shortly, wedding only Taj Mahal as his lost love and bride. 

     

    The main contribution of this sequel toward scholarly pursuits lies in the fact that the emperor Jahangir steps out of the pages of history as a scholar himself.  A man of varied talents and interests, his observations about plant and animal life are worth exploring, if not his passion for art and literature.

     


     


  • 03 Oct 2016 12:08 PM | Aphra Behn

    “UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour,” will be published by Skyhorse on November 1. Pre-order your copy here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/un-masked-donna-kaz/1123362775?ean=9781510709430 

    A vivid memoir of an eager, energetic woman of the theatre confronting sexism in love and art. It’s also a rare first-hand account of life inside the famed Guerrilla Girls, those gorilla-masked artists and performers who made feminist protest daring, original and fun.” - Katha Pollitt, The Nation Columnist, poet, essayist and author

    BOOK LAUNCH November 1. 7PM at WORD in Brooklyn, http://www.wordbookstores.com/event/bk-donna-kaz-presents-unmasked-memoirs-guerrilla-girl-tour

    Other readings/signings:

    Nov. 10 - 7PM BLUESTOCKINGS, NYC 

    http://bluestockings.com/event/readingbook-signing-of-unmasked-memoirs-of-a-guerrilla-girl-on-tour-by-donna-kaz-aka-aphra-behn/?instance_id=178737

    Nov. 14 - 7PM BOOK SOUP, LA 

    http://www.visitwesthollywood.com/events/donna-kaz-discusses-and-signs-unmasked-memoirs-guerrilla-girl-tour

    Nov. 16 - 6PM BOOK PASSAGE, SF 

    http://www.bookpassage.com/event/donna-kaz-unmasked-san-francisco

    Nov. 18 HUGO HOUSE, Seattle (with Michelle Tea)

    https://hugohouse.org/event/michelle-tea-donna-kaz-dual-book-launch-musical-guest-jordan-ojordan/

    Nov. 30 - NYU BOOKSTORE, NY

    http://www.bookstores.nyu.edu/events/

    “Fierce, funny and shrewd, much like the Guerrilla Girls themselves, Aphra Behn has written a memoir filled with so much hope and frustration it’s impossible to put down. A page-turning how-to about changing the world, and the challenges therein.” - Theresa Rebeck, playwright (Seminar), television writer (Smash) and novelist (I’m Glad About You). 


  • 27 Sep 2016 1:24 PM | Kristine Bauske (Administrator)

    Samuel French is publishing the sequel to the holiday hit, "A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Christmas". "A Good Old Fashioned Redneck Country Wedding" picks up the action where 'Redneck Christmas' leaves off. New characters add to the unique flavor of 'Redneck Wedding' while retaining the hilarity and action audiences have come to expect from the beloved rednecks friends of the first play. Explore the complexities of love, life, and community in this warm and welcoming comedy series available only through Samuel French. (Available late 2016)
    Check Kris' website for other titles at http://www.krisbauske.com 

  • 24 Sep 2016 10:00 PM | Farzana Moon

    Farzana's lyrics for US election, Politico 2016, performed/read on youtube:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj1dHlegPWM


  • 27 Aug 2016 5:42 PM | Tammy Ryan

    Soldier's Heart by Tammy Ryan, Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.  https://www.broadwayplaypub.com/?s=soldier%27s%20heart&post_type=product

    "Portrayls of soldiers wrecked by war date to the ancient Greeks (see Aeschylus), but Ms. Ryan adeptly reworks the time-tested recipe from a woman's perspective to make it seem fresh again...Briskly written in brief scenes that easily flash back and forth...the subject of sexual assault in the military gives the play weight and merit.  Ms. Ryan deftly layers critical incidents that culminate in a forceful climax...Frank colloquial language delivers a strong sense of spontaneity."

    Michael Sommers, New York Times

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