Two World Renowned Playwrights:
JT ROGERS interviews colleague MIGDALIA CRUZ.
Preceded by a reading of Migdalia Cruz’ 10 minute play “How to Put Out a Fire”.
New Date and Time!
Dobbs Ferry Public Library
55 Main Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY
SUNDAY, FEB 26 3:00 PM
RiverArts presents a conversation with Migdalia Cruz, award winning playwright and author of more than 50 plays, operas, screenplays, and musicals. She will be interviewed by renowned playwright JT Rogers, whose play Oslo will transfer to Broadway in March after a sold-out engagement at Lincoln Center. Continuing the tradition of exploring the creative process, RiverArts is delighted to present a playwright to playwright conversation bringing fresh and unexpected insights into writing and creativity.
To get a taste of Migdalia Cruz’s “evocatively poetic” work, the afternoon will begin with a reading of her ten-minute play “How to Put Out a Fire” with professional actors from the Latino theater community. The depth and breadth of her work nurtures both the playwrights of tomorrow as well as influencing established playwrights both in the US and abroad.
About the Playwrights
Irvington resident Migdalia Cruz has been produced across the U.S. and abroad at various venues including: [US] Mabou Mines, Classic Stage Company, Playwrights Horizons, INTAR, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Monarch Theater, En-Garde Arts, HOME, Shaliko Company, New York Shakespeare Festival’s Festival Latino, Theatre For The New City, W.O.W. Cafe, Latino Chicago Theater Company, Houston Grand Opera, and the American Repertory Theatre among others; [abroad] Ateneo Puertorriqueño (PR); National Theater of Greece(Athens); Foro Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (Mexico City); Old Red Lion (London, England); Vancouver Players (Vancouver, B.C.); Théâtre d’aujourd hui (Montreal), among others. Her plays include: Salt, Fur, Miriam’s Flowers, Lucy Loves Me, and Dreams of Home among others. She taught playwriting at U.of Iowa/Playwrights’ Workshop, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, and Amherst College, and guest lectured at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Mount Holyoke College, and Columbia University. She received commissions from Mabou Mines, NYSF’s Public Theater, Crossroads Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Latino Chicago Theater Company, among others. Migdalia was awarded numerous awards, including the 2013 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award (NYCommTrust), and a 1996 Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays award for Another Part Of The House. Various grants have included a 2005 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, a 1994 Connecticut Commission on The Arts, a 1994 PEW/TCG National Artist in Residence and a 1991 & 1995 NEA Playwriting Fellow. She received her MFA degree from Columbia University and was born and raised in the Bronx.
Hastings-on-Hudson resident JT Rogers is an internationally recognized American playwright known for plays that deal with what he called “theater that engages the public realm” in his much-discussed Laura Pels Keynote address to the New York theater community in 2008.
His most recent play, Oslo, just completed a sold out run at Lincoln Center and is transferring to Broadway in March. His play The Overwhelming had its world première at the Cottesloe Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London, toured throughout the UK and was performed on BBC radio and had its American premiere at the Roundabout Theatre in September 2007. It has since been done throughout the world, selected as a Top 10 Play of the Year by Time Magazine, Time Out New York and the Chicago Tribune, and nominated for Best Play of the Year by London’s South Bank Show and Boston’s Elliot Norton Awards.
Other plays include Madagascar, White People, His Seeing the Elephant, and Murmuring in a Dead Tongue. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a NEA/TCG Theatre Residency and playwriting fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts.