Monologue from LOVE LUV and segment from SQUAT (2024 film)
There’s a fundamental distortion in the contemporary theater world by way of a persistent and unnecessary non-support of original writing. No black boxes. Anywhere. Play development is generally an academic undertaking. A few scripts are talked to death, not performed.
Theater writers need to learn to write for performers. Do a scene. See it up. How else do they learn to write effective words for actors?
At BACA Downtown in Brooklyn NY in the mid 1980s, we sought and developed all original writing produced weekly in readings, every other month in no frill performance spaces, three or four major productions per season.
Often difficult crazy work. A devoted audience filled the theater. Pulitzer writers learned there. Experimental writers went as far as they imagined. (Above, clockwise, top left: Laurie Carlos, Carl Hancock Rux, Suzan-Lori Parks and myself were mentored in the BACA project).
For the cost of one feel-good play I recently saw—written by two writers and directed by a regional theater A list director—a place like BACA would produce a season.
N1Theatre/CrawlSpace will do writing workshops using the BACA model. Our development space is in Germantown, Philadelphia PA.
by Len Lear
//What do the three plays that will be performed from Sept. 14 to 17 have in common?
“They arise from life in the USA,” answered Moritz. “They have jokes that make you laugh and abruptly stop laughing. They have poetry language in service of character and action. They have surprise, surprise, surprise, and actors who inhabit these works with vividness and power.”//
by A.D. Amorosi
//Where thoughtful, provocative, funny, relentless paragraphs are concerned, Moritz states, that unites these three plays so seamlessly, comes down to the DNA of the USA.//
by Eden Elizabeth
"In all of the three pieces the poetry is obvious and exceptional. There were places where the message started strong and would wear on a little but not too long to lose the point or the audience! Thanks to the brilliant performances, the writing will likely resonate with you. If you look for theatre that makes a connection, and delivers a message, this is definitely a show for you!"
Playwright/Director/Producer, Founding N1 Partner, Artistic Director N1 CrawlSpace) writes a lot of plays. His work appears on mains tage and in improvised spaces. Producers include The Public, Painted Bride, Freedom Theater, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, St Marks, Bowery Poetry Club, Sticky, Theater Double, N1, Theatre Ariel, HERE, Boog. He prefers to work in bars and art galleries. His scripts have been published in theater magazines and poetry magazines Angel Hair/United Artists, the longtime poetry press, published two collections of his theater works: the only plays in that catalogue. He earned an MFA in theater writing atTemple University. Dennis grew up on the Lower East Side of New York where he absorbed quick change rhythms and visuals. He feels at home with the intense personalities of that neighborhood. Interior breakdowns and vulnerability contrast to an aggressive exterior, a duality that informs many of his plays.
Co-Founding Artistic Director/Executive Producer/Director/Curator/ Sound Designer/Composer, RCB has served as dramaturg, literary manager, director, and collaborator with Dennis Moritz since the December 2011 founding of N1Theatre in Quechee, VT. He is the author of Itself (Atropos, 2011), Thoughtrave: An Interdimensional Conversation with Lady Gaga (punctum, 2016), and the forthcoming They Fade, The Words Fade: On the Metabolic Theatre of Dennis Moritz (2024). N1Theatre/Lab will premiere his monologues The Last Notebook of Laufen Geberit, Zen Cohen’s Return, and A Naughty Night to Swim In, as well as workshop his three-act play Turtles (with direction and dramaturgy by Clinton Turner Davis). Baum's complex, operatic, and cinematic approach to theatre involves working inside improvised, non-traditional raw spaces such as rural cafes (Limerick Irish Eatery in Quechee, VT), non-traditional museum spaces (Main Street Museum in White River Junction, VT), urban art galleries (iMPeRFeCT Gallery in Germantown, Philadelphia). He was awarded a doctoral degree in Philosophy and Media Studies from the European Graduate School. He served as an August Wilson Fellow in Dramaturgy and Literary Criticism at UMN-Twin Cities and Penumbra Theatre with additional assignments at The Guthrie, Red Eye, Doug Anderson's Théâtre du Vieux Nez, Chris Danowski's Theatre in My Basement, Soap Box, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Moving Company). He received his MA from Dartmouth College and BA from Catholic University.
At Dartmouth, 1996-1998 and then until 2005 Robert was mentored by
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright August Wilson.
A Film by Robert Craig Baum
Guerrilla film shot 2/13/2020 in the Lower East Side of NYC
A Film by Will Rittweger of Dennis Moritz's Play Love Song
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