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.
Gamaliel Arroyo (they/he) got the chance to chat with actor, writer, activist, and performance artist Kristina Wong (she/her) about her staged show Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord before it began performances at NYTW. From uncovering government-failed outreach during the height of the pandemic to how to spend only $50 a month on groceries, they uncover a lot on how pre- and post-pandemic life has changed us. So, grab some headphones and listen in on a conversation that unfolds Kristina’s experience during the pandemic and how she was able to make that reality into a zoom show and luckily with some mask and vaccine mandates, a one-woman staged show.
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.
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.
BIPOC Critics Lab writer Alexi Chacón spins a unique interaction with artists Denis O’Hare in Part 1 of his two part interview. In Part 1, Chacón draws on the inspiration of Stud Terkel’s American Dreams: Lost and Found to have himself, O’Hare, and Peterson create individual monologues around citizenship, activism, and democracy.