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 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.