What conversations do you want to have? Send your suggestions for compelling female playwrights or theater artists working on LA stages to Alyson Mead at firstname.lastname@example.org, then listen to “What She Said.”
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Madhuri Shekar about clashing partnering styles in a modern Hindu family, the messy nature of love, and her play A Nice Indian Boy, currently playing at East West Players.
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Vickie Ramirez about loyalty, miscommunication, environmental stewardship and her new play Stand-Off at Hwy #37, playing at Native Voices at the Autry through March 16th.
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Meagan Daine about mental illness, the danger of misdiagnosis, and tragedy in her new work And Know That I Am God, currently in development at The Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood.
Alyson Mead speaks with writer, improviser and comedienne Robyn Lynne Norris about crazy cat ladies, the wide open world online dating, and her show Undateable, running now at Second City in Hollywood.
Alyson Mead speaks with Deena Selenow and Julie Taiwo Oni about experimental theatre, unlikely romances and the concept of being “mixed” in their new work Nat & Em, currently playing at the Alexandria in downtown LA as a Company of Angels production.
Alyson Mead speaks with actress and playwright Leslie Hardy about life, loss and her new play A Good Grief, now playing at the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood.
Alyson Mead speaks with multidisciplinary artist Cynthia Hopkins about climate change, the fragility of human life, and her new show This Clement World, appearing now at REDCAT.
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Elena Hartwell on A Strange Disappearance of Bees, Colony Collapse Disorder, and how the themes of isolation, loss and hope intertwine in this new work.
(Note: Jean Gilpin has replaced Marsha Waterbury in the run of this play at the Raven Playhouse.)
Alyson Mead speaks with director Katie Chidester and Kyle T. Wilson of Fell Swoop Playwrights about their remounting of Fringe hit The Miss Julie Dream Project, adapting Strindberg, and the need to stay grounded amidst creative chaos.
The Miss Julie Dream Project plays through September 15 at Son of Semele Ensemble.
Alyson Mead speaks with Jeannette Rizzi about her show Blindsided, and how great loss shaped her as a person and solo artist.
Premiering at the Hollywood Fringe, Blindsided plays for an extended run at the Hudson Theatres.
Alyson Mead speaks with the creators of MisShapen about body image, gender identity and the need for art to face these important issues at the Fringe and beyond.
Alyson Mead speaks with Deborah Gross about her play The Third Date, exes, Fringe, and why personal stories are always the funniest.
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Lisa Ebersole about her new work Baby, playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and why huge age differences and the struggle between life and death are the richest places to work for a writer.
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright and performer Liz Femi about her solo
show Take Me to the Poorhouse, and making childhood dreams reality.
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright, actor and producer Lily Mercer about her Southern Gothic play Before A Fall, currently playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and how the themes of trust, faith and pride shape her characters.
Alyson Mead talks with playwright, performer & dancer Rati Gupta about her childhood in Indiana, identity, and trying to find the perfect teen movie role model in Not Another Teen Solo Show, currently playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Alyson Mead speaks with Megan Ruble and Sinan Zafar about their modern interpretation of the character of Ophelia, and how one of Shakespeare’s most influential plays still continues to shape women’s lives.
O Fallen One is part of the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Andrea Kuchlewska about linguistics, the EST movement, and the incredible power of the word in her new play Complete, currently playing at the Matrix Theater in Hollywood.
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Kathryn Graf about the surprises of dating again in middle age, and her new play The Snake Can.
Alyson Mead speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage about her new play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark at the Geffen Playhouse, and about racism and masquerading in 1930s Hollywood.
(NOTE: Lynn’s Intimate Apparel runs at the Pasadena Playhouse through December 2.)
Alyson Mead talks with playwright Keliher Walsh about the legacy of war and its inevitable counterpart, love. Her play Year of the Rabbit receives its world premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA.
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Sean Serino about her play Rue Royale, currently playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and the rich theatrical life of New Orleans.
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Nancy Eng about her new play The Women of Tu-Na House at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, tenets of Asian identity, and her characters’ refusal to become victims.
Alyson Mead talks with playwrights Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo about their new theatrical experience Evangeline, featuring songs from Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Louie Perez, now playing at Bootleg Theater.
Alyson Mead talks with playwright and poet Jill Charlotte Thomas about Charles Manson and his dark connection and possible shared history with coffee heiress Abigail Folger.
(Thomas’ play California Dreamin’ runs through March 11 at LA’s Met Theatre)
Alyson Mead talks with playwright Valerie Dillman about her play Sarah’s War, and the importance of social engagement as a means to healing.
Alyson Mead speaks with former reporters and playwrights Allison & Margaret Engel about Molly Ivins, the spectre of war and politics, and their play Red Hot Patriot now playing at the Geffen Playhouse.
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Lauren Yee about her her work CHING CHONG CHINAMAN, and the search for cultural identity.
Alyson Mead talks with director Susan Angelo about Theatricum Botanicum‘s new production of My Name is Rachel Corrie, and the importance of struggle for meaning in theater.
Alyson Mead speaks with Cynthia Ling Lee about her multimedia piece Sunoh! Tell Me Sister featured in the National Asian American Theater Festival, as well as the importance of telling female stories, and recovering female voices.
Alyson Mead talks with playwright, prose writer, poet and performance artist May Lee-Yang about her show Ten Reasons Why I’d Be a Bad Porn Star, currently playing at the National Asian American Theater Festival, as well as her work in the Hmong community.
Alyson Mead talks with polymath Sarah Doyle, whose play Feeling Feeling explores pain, relationships, and how excising one’s emotions may be the only sane way to cope with life’s various curveballs.
Alyson Mead talks with Rita O’Farrell about her play Pedestrian at the Hollywood Fringe, the lure of violent video games, and how sometimes, everyone gets peed on.
Alyson Mead talks with playwright Wendy Graf about her favorite themes of family, identity, as well as her newest work, No Word in Guyanese for Me.
Alyson Mead talks with Jane Anderson about her provocative new play The Escort, the world of commissions, and how theater and television are natural partners.
photo by Barbara Green
Alyson Mead talks to playwright Sofia Alvarez about her new play Between Us Chickens, her upcoming graduation from Julliard, and why her play could only have been set in Los Angeles.
NEWS! Between Us Chickens has moved to the Atwater Village Theater, and runs from May 20th through June 19th, in case you missed it at South Coast Rep!
Alyson Mead speaks with playwright Israela Margalit about her play Trio, opening at the Lounge 2 Theatre in Hollywood.
Alyson Mead talks to award-winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo about her process, lessons learned, trials inTV land and her hit play Becky Shaw.