Ep. 38 J.T. Rogers “The Play is the Thing”

May 23, 2017

Just getting a thousand humans into a room together to sit and watch other humans act out something on stage is the miracle. Playwright J.T. Rogers understands why the very act of doing live theater is so hopeful, and applies this hope to intractable problems like the Middle East conflict – with surprising, and Tony-nominated results.

Also, a monologue from Douglas Rushkoff on the Manchester bombing, and what it means when a fatal stampede at a Who concert in Cincinnati can be considered the good old days.

More on J.T. Rogers (from jtrogerswriter.com) :

Photo Credit: Rebecca Ashley

J.T. Rogers’s plays include Oslo (Lincoln Center Theatre; Broadway); Blood and Gifts (National Theatre, London; Lincoln Center Theater, Drama Desk Award Nominee and Lucille Lortel Award Nominee); The Overwhelming (National Theatre; Roundabout Theatre); White People (Off Broadway with Starry Night Productions); and Madagascar (SPF Festival in NYC; Melbourne Theatre Company).

As one of the original playwrights for the Tricycle Theatre of London’s The Great Game: Afghanistan he was nominated for an Olivier Award. His works have been staged throughout the United States and in Germany, Canada, Australia, and Israel, and are published in paperback by Faber and Faber and TCG. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, the Guardian, the New Statesman, and American Theatre. Rogers is a 2012 Guggenheim fellow in playwriting, a three-time NYFA fellow, and has received the Pinter Review Prize for Drama, the American Theatre Critics Association’s Osborne Award, and the William Inge Center for the Arts’ New Voices Award.

Rogers serves on the board of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund. He is an alum of New Dramatists and holds an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a recipient of a 2016 Doris Duke Charitable Trust commission to write a new play for Lincoln Center Theater.

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