I’ve had several conversations with playwright Chad Beckim about the production, “Lights Rise On Grace”, brought to the stage by Azuka Theatre Company. Our first interview was a more standard breakdown of the history of the piece as it made its way from NYC Fringe to Woolly Mammoth to Stageworks and now, to Azuka. The first interview was a wash due to technical difficulties but, the time between the first and the final recorded interview brought to light responses from critics and theatergoers that made for a more broad discussion about who should bring such stories to light, how to handle such content and white privilege. Needless to say, art is subjective and everyone owes it to themselves to experience the work on their own and form their own opinions. But, this interview reminds me of why REP RADIO exists. Our goal is to support, promote, engage and inspire the arts community by igniting the ghost light that shines on the stages of the up and coming, the unsung heroes, the brilliant writers and the dynamic designers. In this interview with Chad Beckim, we talk about dealing with the public’s response to art in creation and the back and forth surround the content of this production and a question of who has the right to present such work. This is a production that there needs to be more of. Whatever your position about this piece, the conversation that comes up is one that serves its purpose and validates the artists who boldly tackle the work. With that, I give you my interview with playwright Chad Beckim talking about Azuka Theatre’s “Barrymore Recommended” production of “Lights Rise On Grace”. Stay Tuned!
ABOUT LIGHTS RISE ON GRACE
A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere!
November 4-22, 2015
The Adrienne Theater | 2030 Sansom Street
By Chad Beckim
Directed by Kevin Glaccum
Grace takes a chance on Large. Large takes a chance on Riece. Can these three broken but brave lovers hold a family together when all they can do is tear each other apart? Across race and cultural lines, the common language is love. Named Outstanding New Play for its workshop at the New York Fringe, Lights Rise on Grace strips bare the issues of incarceration, sexuality and family.
Chad is a New York City based playwright whose writing credits include …a matter of choice, `nami(which received its West Coast premiere at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles in October, 2007), Lights Rise on Grace (Winner, Outstanding Play, 2007 NY Inti’l. Fringe Festival; Finalist for the 2007 Princess Grace Award; Finalist for Ojai Playwrights’ Conference), The Main(e) Play (Semi-Finalist, The O’Neill Festival), That Men Do (Member of The Lark’s 2009 “Playwright’s Week” and Naked Angels “Out Loud” Series), Mercy and most recently the critically and audience acclaimed After. He has also authored a number of shorts and one-acts, including The Fluffer and Marvel Super Hero Squad (both produced at Ars Nova), Tha Bess Shit, Alexander Pays a Visit,Blac(c)ident, and Last First Kiss, which was adapted into a Columbia Grad film and produced in July, 2008. Mr. Beckim holds an MFA in Playwrighting from Mac Wellman’s Brooklyn College’s Program, and in July of 2007 was named one of “50 Playwrights to Watch” by the Dramatists Guild. His work has been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Krauss, and in the Plays and Playwrights 2007 collection by NYTE. He is a proud member of Ars Nova’s acclaimed “Play Group,” and is currently finishing an original pilot script entitled “The Fam.” Mr. Beckim is a co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of Partial Comfort Productions.
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