Tom Sellar

In Print: Yale Theater Journal Publishes Scripts of Big Art Group and Nature Theater of Oklahoma

Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Romeo and Juliet and Big Art Group’s SOS have been published in the new issue of Theater Journal. The issue focuses on the changing nature of playwriting, the impact of the economic crisis on theater in the US and Grotowski’s anniversary in Poland. Below is a quote from the editor, Tom Sellar, about the published texts and the larger issue of publishing new playwriting. Is all writing for the stage necessarily playwriting? What should we call the collection and arrangement of found texts — a strategy embraced by the first Internet generation, raised on pastiche and now testing its capacities onstage? Or words created by some process of research, improvisation, or collaboration that — deliberately or unknowingly — disregards constituent element...

In Print: The State of New York City’s theatrical avant-garde…

Yesterday the Village Voice published a piece by Tom Sellar titled “The City’s Best (And Not So Best) Progressive Theater”. Its one of the only “end of the year/decade” piece to focus on  progressive/experimental/avant-garde work and companies. In it he poses… Ten years into the 21st century, it seems a fitting time to look at the state of New York City’s theatrical avant-garde. How has it evolved over the past decade? Who’s doing the most inventive work, and who’s coming up short? What exactly constitutes a vanguard these days, and where is it heading? Big Art Group, Radio Hole, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Thomas Bradshaw, Young Jean Lee, Richard Maxwell, Les Freres Corbusier, Cynthia Hopkins, Elevator Repair Service, Witness Relocatio...