Fresh Perspectives from the Mind of Qui Nguyen

Vietgone has entered its third week of rehearsals, preparing to open at the end of the month. The play finds its way to Geva six years after premiering at South Coast Repertory in 2015. It went on to 2016 productions at the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Prior to this, playwright Qui … Continue reading Fresh Perspectives from the Mind of Qui Nguyen

Playwrights Christina Anderson and Harrison David Rivers

Geva's literary director, Jenni Werner, and associate artistic director, Pirronne Yousefzadeh talk with playwrights Christina Anderson and Harrison David Rivers about listening to the voices in your head, finding inspiration in poetry, novels and raunchy rap lyrics, making space and time for imagination, and representation onstage. All in the third episode of Out of the Rehearsal Hall.

An Inside Look at the Making of REVIVAL with Playwright & Director Keith Glover

REVIVAL The Resurrection of Son House has been in the works here at Geva for almost five years now. This electric story about a man’s journey to redemption through heavenly trials and singing the Blues has come a long, ever-evolving, loop-de-looping way from the script it started out as. In the scant free time between … Continue reading An Inside Look at the Making of REVIVAL with Playwright & Director Keith Glover

The Author’s Voice: Lila Rose Kaplan

With the first performance of THE MAGICIAN'S DAUGHTER coming up tonight, it seems like a great time to share some thoughts from playwright Lila Rose Kaplan on the play, her writing career, and the things that inspire her. Unfortunately, she and the whole creative team are pretty busy this afternoon. But don't worry, I've got something up my sleeve.

HARD CELL Playwright Brent Askari Talks Comedy

One week into rehearsals for the world premiere of HARD CELL, the cast is doing some great work and our sides are all a little sore from laughing. Playwright Brent Askari has been busy polishing the script and tweaking jokes so they land just right, but he also took some time to share with us some thoughts about what makes things funny and where this play came from.

A FORTUNE-ate Interview…

They say fortune favors the brave, and they also say that fortune favors the prepared mind (although that doesn't sound as poetic...). As I think about writer/director Deborah Zoe Laufer's play FORTUNE, both phrases feel somehow appropriate. It takes courage to reinvent yourself artistically, and artists are continually preparing and rehearsing the art of collaboration. I asked Deborah to share some insights about this process, as we prepare to present this production from the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca. 

A Weekend Spent in PANORAMA

This weekend I was able to witness what it was like to see a show in the very beginning of its life, beginning with a piece that is seldom thought of in the creation of it all, the script.

Malala in America’s HEARTLAND

“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world” - Malala Yousafzai Getee Banks of Gabriel Jason Dean’s Heartland is a foreign aid worker who goes to teach in the girls’ section of the Blue Sky School in Maidan Shar, Afghanistan, the country from which she herself was adopted. Getee navigates … Continue reading Malala in America’s HEARTLAND

Meet Gabriel Jason Dean, Playwright of HEARTLAND

The world premiere of Gabriel Jason Dean’s play HEARTLAND is coming to Geva Theatre Center’s Fielding Stage and will run from March 17th to April 1st. A story of love, loss, and language, HEARTLAND follows the relationship that develops between distinguished University of Nebraska Comparative Literature professor, Dr. Harold Banks, and Afghan refugee, Nazrullah, when Nazrullah … Continue reading Meet Gabriel Jason Dean, Playwright of HEARTLAND