David Haan, playwright of “The President Plays”

playwright David HaanGSAS! Producer’s Note: playwright David Haan is writing things you should read, produce, and/or go and see.

Case-in-point: his 42-play cycle The President Plays re-imagines the death of every U.S. president from Washington to G.W. Bush, a series so epic that the reading of it had to be spread over three consecutive Tuesdays. The intrepid folks at Blowout Theatre are kindly hosting the readings on off-nights from their new show, Jona Tarlin’s In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm (which, though the podcast wasn’t able to get out to cover it, looks super-cool, pun intended—remaining dates are Thursday thru Saturday, October 9, 10, & 11, nightly at 8PM!).

There’s only one more night from the posting of this episode to catch the remaining plays in the cycle (Tuesday, October 7 @ 7:30PM!), and it’s well-worth seeing thanks to the wonderful actors you’ll see (including members of Amios and The Assembly), excellent direction from Liz Thaler, and, of course, David’s imaginative, intriguing, insightful scripts.

I sat down with David over a beer after Part II of the cycle last Tuesday — listen in as we discuss getting history wrong, collaboration, our love of Amios, dreams of marathon theatre, and writing the impossible.

“…I’m very interested in the theatre as a collaborative enterprise…it’s kind of a conveyor belt, in which each part is kind of it’s own fully formed thing, but then becomes something greater…”

David Haan's The President Plays, directed by Liz Thaler, presented by Blowout Theater

Blowout Theatre presents

The President Plays
by David Haan
directed by Liz Thaler

Tuesday, 9/23—Part I: Washington to Buchanan
Tuesday, 9/30—Part II: Lincoln to Hoover
Tuesday, 10/7—Part III: Roosevelt to Bush

IRT Theater
154 Christopher Street
Manhattan
7:30PM
Tickets: FREE

David Haan's The President Plays, directed by Liz Thaler, at ANT Fest 2013, photo by Marielle Solan David Haan's The President Plays, directed by Liz Thaler, at ANT Fest 2013, photo by Marielle Solan David Haan's The President Plays, directed by Liz Thaler, at ANT Fest 2013, photo by Marielle Solan photo of David Haan by Liz Thaler; production photos of The President Plays at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest 2013 by Marielle Solan

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