Welcome to the NYTW Blog—a resource for behind-the-scenes insights on our productions, share-outs from the classroom penned by teaching artists, community partner spotlights, and a peek behind the curtain to see how work gets made at NYTW.


Hear The Title Song of I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I COULD DIE

We are excited to share a clip of the title song from I Love You So Much I Could Die, taken from a recent live performance. Mona’s vocals are sure to seep into your soul in this stirring and beautiful melody.

March 7, 2024 by NYTW


The History of Casebook

It’s the best time of year – Casebook season! If you don’t already know about Casebook, you’re in luck – because this post is all about it!

Casebook is one of our show-specific education offerings. Through Casebook, audience members are given a behind-the-scenes look at how a production comes together at NYTW. NYTW designates one show per season as a case study and hosts a 7-week class designed to provide theatre lovers with a true insider’s view of the development process, including insights into budgeting, artistic and design decisions, and how a show might change from the final dress rehearsal to opening night.

February 21, 2024 by Corey Bravo Sloan, NYTW Development Fellow


Opening Night of I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I COULD DIE

We were excited to celebrate opening night for I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I COULD DIE with some of our nearest and dearest friends! Check out some behind the scenes photos of this wonderful celebration!

February 15, 2024 by NYTW


A Voice in the Darkness

Playwright and performer Mona Pirnot and director Lucas Hnath sit down for a wide ranging conversation with Michael Paulson at The New York Times to discuss how sound plays a role in I Love You So Much I Could Die.

February 13, 2024 by Michael Paulson for THE NEW YORK TIMES


Try This: Black Owned Businesses

Our question to the NYTW staff this month was in honor of February as Black History Month. We asked the staff: What are your favorite Black-owned businesses? 

February 1, 2024 by NYTW


In Conversation: Will Butler & Mona Pirnot

We are back! After a little winter hiatus, we sat down with playwright and performer Mona Pirnot of I Love You So Much I Could Die for a conversation with her good friend and Grammy-winning musician Will Butler (who will make his Broadway debut as the Music Director for Stereophonic this season)

January 18, 2024 by NYTW


“Another Hit” For A Visionary Director

Leigh Silverman is a busy director these days, but we are so glad she calls NYTW her home! In her chat with FORBES, Leigh talks everything from the creation of Merry Me and representation on stage, to walking into the workshop in 1996 as an intern during the original production of RENT.

November 3, 2023 by Jeryl Brunner for FORBES


Taking Orgasms Seriously

Director Leigh Silverman and Playwright Hansol Jung sit down with Merryn Johns from INTO to talk lesbians, orgasms, and why Leigh’s North Star for Merry Me was The Muppet Show.

“Trailblazing director Leigh Silverman ably guides Hansol Jung’s play, which forgoes victimization, trauma, and tropes we have perhaps come to expect from female-centered theater. There is, however, lots of arch wordplay, simulated sex, and — as with the mannered conventions of Restoration comedy — reality flies out the window.”

November 2, 2023 by Merryn Johns for INTO


THE REFUGE PLAYS Hits Close to Home

The Refuge Plays can only be described as an epic, but for it’s two matriarchs, it means so much more. Listen to Nicole Ari Parker (Early) and Jessica Frances Duke (Gail) discuss killing turkeys, playing elderly women, and channeling their ancestors in this world premiere production.

October 26, 2023 by Diep Tran for PLAYBILL