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Stephen Brackett

Playwrights debut. Broadway: Be More Chill (Lyceum Theater). Off-Broadway: Be More Chill (Signature and Two River Theaters), The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical (Theaterworks USA/National Tour), Buyer & Cellar (Rattlestick and Barrow Street Theaters/National Tour/London’s Menier Chocolate Factory), The Mad Ones (Prospect Theater), Ultimate Beauty Bible (Page 73), Wringer (NYCCT), Carnival Kids (Lesser America), The Correspondent (Rattlestick), After (Partial Comfort), The Material World(Dixon Place), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova), and The Tenant (Woodshed Collective). Regional: Significant Other (Geffen Playhouse), I Now Pronounce (Humana Festival), Le Switch (About Face), The Great Pretender (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley). Upcoming: Fall Springs at Barrington Stage.

(Updated May 2019)

Raja Feather Kelly

Playwrights debut. Off-Broadway: Funnyhouse of a NegroThe Death of The Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Everybody (Signature); Fairview, The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente (Soho Rep.); The House That Will Not Stand, Hurricane Diane (NYTW); Fireflies (Atlantic); The Good Swimmer (BAM). Regional: Lempicka (Williamstown). Awards: New York Live Arts 2019/20 Randjelovi/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist, Breakout Award from SDCF, Dance Magazine’s Harkness Promise Award (2018), Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography (2016), Princess Grace Award (2017, 2018). Raja is the artistic director of New Brooklyn Theatre, and founder of the feath3r theory, which merged in 2018.

(Updated Feb 2019)

 

Reviews

Footnote: Outside the Music Box

Music director Rona Siddiqui and music coordinator Tomoko Akaboshi discuss their integral roles both in bringing ‘A Strange Loop’ to life and opening doors to underrepresented artists.

Interview

Interview: Making Thoughts Move

Writer Michael R. Jackson and choreographer Raja Feather Kelly discuss this bold new musical’s development and the movement inspired by the show’s principal character and sextet of black, queer performers who embody and embolden Usher’s frantic, incessant “Thoughts.” (Emily Penick, Musical Theater Fellow)