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.


TBT: Inside the Auntie Sewing Squad

As Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord comes to the NYTW virtual stage this weekend, we are throwing it back to a beautiful piece on Kristina and the Auntie Sewing Squad in the Los Angeles Times. Learn how Kristina went from “grief and uncertainty” to “the creator of one of the nation’s largest and most diverse grass-roots mask-making efforts.”

May 13, 2021 by Nita Lelyveld for the Los Angeles Times


THE TAXI KEEPS MOVING

Taxilandia is extending by popular demand, and we are excited for more people to get the chance to be in the cab with Flako! Miranda Levingston gets one of the coveted rides and talks with Flako about gentrification and how Taxilandia is giving back with every ride.

May 6, 2021 by Miranda Levingston for BK READER


HILTON ALS GOES OFFSCRIPT

Artistic Instigator Hilton Als chats with the editors of American Theatre Magazine on his 2-part podcast series Hilton Als Presents, where he lifts up and takes a different look at what he considers marginalized classics of the 20th Century.

April 23, 2021 by AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE


Audio Chismógrafo, Or how I pinched the brain of Victor I. Cazares

When your mind is instigated to overload with stimuli, you default to the resources of your youth. For me, it was a chismógrafo done in audio form.

This is a page right out of the life of playwright Victor I. Cazares, filled with stories and Latino-pop references to challenge even the world of their NYTW original Pinching Pennies with Penny Marshall.

April 12, 2021 by Scheherazade Quiroga


A Republic in Three Monologues (Part 2)

In Part Two of his conversation with Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson, Alexi Chacón recaps his experience of verbatim theatre with the authors, and they ponder the future of the piece What The Hell is A Republic, Anyway?, and well as the future of the American Republic.

March 30, 2021 by Alexi Chacón


All Of…25 Years of RENT

It’s the event everyone is talking about: 25 YEARS OF RENT: MEASURED IN LOVE premieres on March 2 and streams through March 6. Listen to original cast members Daphne Rubin-Vega and Adam Pascal and NYTW artistic director, Jim Nicola, talk about the gala as well as the musical’s legacy.

March 1, 2021 by Alison Stewart for WNYC


Reflections of Native Voices 2021 Closing Ceremony

Safe Harbors presents the 2021 Reflections of Native Voices Festival Closing Reflections livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network. Join just a few of the many spectacular voices who shaped this festival in conversation and celebration.

February 7, 2021 by NYTW


INSIGATOR CONVERSATION

NYTW Trustee and Artistic Instigator Rachel Chavkin recently met with fellow Artistic Instigator Modesto Flako Jimenez to discuss his work on Taxilandia and gentrification, the true cost of making theatre, and how to support artists in a new Federal Theatre Project.

February 4, 2021 by NYTW


TBT: THE FIRST VIRTUAL FIRESIDE CHAT

Before Doug Wright shares the Zoom room with some of our sharpest contemporary satirists in The Wright Stuff, we wanted to throw it back to another conversation he had early on in quarantine. Back in April 2020, Doug sat down with some fellow Usual Suspects, writer/director Lisa Peterson and scenic designer Rachel Hauck, for the first virtual Fireside Chat.

January 7, 2021 by NYTW