Thank you again for this very interesting article. I saw the name Marsha Norman (Night Mother) I guess she will be writing an episode later this year since I have never seen her name in the credits. I remember Night Mother was made into a movie with Anne Bancroft and Sissy Spacek.
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Naked Angels' Program Offers Plays by Rabe, Rebeck, Etc. Wednesday, March 14, 2007; Posted: 3:11 PM - by BWW News Desk
Armed and Naked in America, a project by non-profit theater organization Naked Angels, will present two politically conscious programs featuring both established playwrights and promising new voices in the theatre world.
This series of new one-act plays taking on the current state of American politics and culture will take place at The Duke on 42nd Street theater, running Wednesday, April 11 through Sunday, April 22nd. This series will feature 14 different playwrights’ sharp, often funny takes on American life during wartime.
The first week includes Naked Angels company member Theresa Rebeck...The second week will feature Tony Award winner Warren Leight ...
WEEK 1: Cards (Theresa Rebeck)
WEEK 2: Untitled (Warren Leight)
First-week performances of Armed and Naked in America will run April 11-15...The second week will run April 18-22...
Patrick Roy, 2006 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame
Leight gets a very short mention in an article in the NYTimes today about a short play festival:
Quick Bites of Theater Off a Menu of One Acts
By ANNE MIDGETTE Published: August 7, 2007
Shorts are pants that don’t cover your legs, or theater pieces that don’t cover an evening. Both are meant to be light and fresh, and both can suffer from problems of scale if not properly tailored: revealing too much, or extending too far in a misguided attempt to be more durable, more fashionable, or more suited to evening wear.
“Summer Shorts” at 59E59 Theaters, shows the strengths and weaknesses of the genre. A two-part festival of nine new works by American playwrights (including Tina Howe and Warren Leight), it is presented by John McCormack and J. J. Kandel (who have been associated with the Ensemble Studio Theater). Of the four pieces in Series A — including a miniature musical — two were negligible, one was earnest, and one, which initially seemed like a train wreck waiting to happen, proved quirky, distinctive and funny.
This good piece was “Rain, Heavy at Times,” by Leslie Lyles, and its title, slightly stereotyped and slightly melodramatic, was indicative of the language of its main characters, Margret and Bzy, an aunt and niece who inhabit a gothic world of mutually assured destruction.
Judith Roberts carried the play as Margret, an elderly woman whose zaniness is enhanced by what may be the first signs of Alzheimer’s; Ms. Roberts presented her with a Marian Seldes-like veneer of elegant gentility, so that it was impossible for either the audience or the niece to tell how far the character was impaired, even when she donned her niece’s new bra over her clothes. And the play turned out to have a viable plot involving one of Bzy’s pickups, Harry (Mark Elliot Wilson), the waiter in the restaurant where the two women are eating lunch. It proved a satisfying meal, and just the right length.
The earnest piece — more a skit than a play — was Mr. Leight’s “Amici, Ascoltate,” about three generations of an Italian-American family called on to fight in their country’s wars. The musical, “Afternoon Tea” by Eduardo Machado was a bizarre set piece about J. M. Barrie and his ex-wife; Skip Kennon’s likable music couldn’t mask the awkward lyrics, or the absence of actual plot or character development.
Mr. Machado also directed “Real World Experience” by Michael Domitrovich, about actors, and too self-referential for its own good. A note to playwrights: Having a director yell “Cut!” 10 minutes into your piece produces the theatrical equivalent of a short story that ends with “Then I woke up.” Don’t do it.
“Summer Shorts,” Series A, continues through Aug. 28, alternating with Series B (through Aug. 30), at Theater B, 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street, Manhattan, (212) 279-4200.
I watched an episode of NYPD Blue last hour (yes, insomnia...hush, Deathroe) and there was a character named "Warren Leight." Not being a big believer in coincidence, I did some research....
The episode in question, "Cold Heaters" from season 3 (1995), was written in part by *drumroll* Theresa Rebeck! Apparently Leight and Rebeck have known each other a long time. I know that Rene Balcer hired Leight on Rebeck's recommendation in 2003 (I think that's the right year).
Mr. Leight was one of the striking WGA writers who presented the Top Ten list on David Letterman's show tonight. The list contained the demands of the writers--Mr. Leight's was "The AMPTP will explain what AMPTP means."
From David Letterman's Top Ten List of January 2, 2008: The Top 10 Demands of the Striking WGA Writers
"7. Members of the AMPTP must explain what the hell AMPTP stands for". --Warren Leight, Showrunner: Law & Order: Criminal Intent
"3. I'm no accountant, but instead of us getting 4 cents for a $20 DVD, how about we get $20 for a 4-cent DVD?" --Gina Gionfriddo, Law & Order Criminal Intent episodes 'Beast', 'Blasters', 'Country Crossover', 'Dollhouse', 'Masquerade', 'Prisoner' & 'Vacancy'
As funny as the list was, it's still a sad reminder that this strike is deadly serious and that there are thousands of people adversely affected. Over the years, I've been without a paycheck for weeks, as has my husband, and its a terrible hardship financially. I'm sure most of the crew, including the writers themselves, don't have a big nest egg to live off of while this goes on. The only ones who aren't suffering are the big wigs, especially those with the AMPTP.