You’re given money to write a play. Now what? In this insightful series on how new plays get developed, SCR’s commissioned playwrights get put in the hot seat. This episode features playwright Caroline V. McGraw, whose drama I Get Restless was slated for last year’s Pacific Playwrights Festival. McGraw has also been commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. She is interviewed by her collaborator on I Get Restless – Tony Taccone. Celebrated nationally for his directing, Taccone recently completed a 23-year tenure as artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, during which time it presented more than 70 world, American and West Coast premieres. They are joined by actor Brendan Titley, whose acting credits include Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well and As You Like It at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park and Macbeth on Broadway. Titley and McGraw are married, as well.
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Caroline V. McGraw (Playwright) has written plays including 1983, Believeland, Ultimate Beauty Bible, The Bachelors, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, The Vaults and The King is Dead. Her work has been produced and workshopped by Page 73, Lesser America, New Georges, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Theater Ninjas/Maelstrom Collective Arts, Cole Theatre, Yale Cabaret, Naked Angels, Washington National Opera, The Civilians, Second Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Studio 42, The Lark, City Theatre, Fault Line Theater, IAMA Theater Company and Ars Nova, among others. Ultimate Beauty Bible is published by Dramatists Play Service. McGraw has been commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre and is working on commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club/The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and South Coast Repertory. She was the Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2013) and was their Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence (2016). She has been in residence at Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, Wordbridge Playwrights Lab and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She is a member of The Kilroys, a grassroots collective advocating for women, trans and non-binary writers on American stages. She is a graduate of the playwriting MFA program at the Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Paula Vogel. carolinevmcgraw.com
Tony Taccone (Director) most recently directed Kiss My Aztec, a new musical he co-wrote with John Leguizamo. He also recently ended his tenure as artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, during which time it presented more than 70 world, American and West Coast premieres and sent 24 shows to New York, two to London and one to Hong Kong. He has directed new work by Tony Kushner, Julia Cho, John Leguizamo, Lemony Snicket, Culture Clash, David Edgar, Danny Hoch and Itamar Moses. Two of his shows, Continental Divide and Tiny Kushner, transferred to London and three landed on Broadway: Bridge & Tunnel, Wishful Drinking and Latin History for Morons. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, Taccone served as artistic director of Eureka Theatre, where he commissioned Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America and co-directed its world premiere. His regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Center Theatre Group, Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater. In 2015, Taccone received the Margo Jones Award for “demonstrating a significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of playwriting.”
Brendan Titley (Actor) has a range of credits that include Macbeth on Broadway with Alan Cumming, Animal Farm (Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Baltimore Center Stage), Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It (The Public Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival), Henry V and As You Like It (Two River Theater), Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar (Wheelhouse Theater Company), The Steadfast (Slant Theatre Project), Trayf (Penguin Rep Theatre), JIB (Old Sound Room Performance Ensemble/Christ Church Neighborhood House), The Strangest (The Semitic Root/4th Street Theatre) tiger, tiger (Dixon Place), and Of Mice and Men (Palm Beach Dramaworks). His film and television credits include “The Good Wife,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Person of Interest,” “Happyish,” The Lipstick Stain, Ladies Lounge and Maggie’s Plan. Titley received his BFA from the University of Evansville, and his MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. brendantitley.com