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.
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.
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.”
Check out photos from our recent SAPPHO NIGHT at The Gray Mare. We’re keeping the party going with many more events throughout October and November, including our SAPPHIC & SMUTTY Lesbian Story Hour at Henrietta Hudson. Through our For The Culture Series (FTC), NYTW seeks to bridge the gap between the world we know and the world we are actively striving to build – where we harness the power of theatre to deepen human connections by learning and growing from the lived experiences of each other
You may be familiar with playwright Hansol Jung from Wild Goose Dreams about a lonely man in Seoul. Or maybe from her runaway hit Wolf Play about a puppet child who feels he has more in common with a wolf than his adopted family. Now, Jung is doing something totally different: a lesbian sex farce.
September 8, 2023 by Kally Patz for THE BROOKLYN RAIL
“When I dreamed of what this job would be, I visioned being able to say yes to audacious and impactful artists like Hansol Jung, Nathan Alan Davis, Mona Pirnot and Moisés Kaufman’s Tectonic Theater Project company. I’m exhilarated by the range of their work that’s simultaneously intimate and epic, rigorous and filled with love. I am humbled to make my first invitations and provocations to our community alongside these singular artists.” –Patricia McGregor