Opinion: Examining why a play is a play

Several years ago, at the informal first reading of a new play in the living room of a friend, actor-educator Danielle Caine, one of the dozen-or-so folks there to give feedback, said something to the playwright that I’ll never forget. “Why is this a play?” she asked. “You have a story you want to tell?…

Marquee Theater Journalists Association Announces 2019 MTJA Award Nominations

The Marquee Theater Journalists Association has released the list of nominees for its 4th Annual MTJA Awards. The Association recognized the exemplary work of Sonoma County theater artists with nominations in eighteen categories that were culled from the sixty-eight productions attended by MTJA members. Recipients will be announced at the 2019 MTJA Awards – A Celebration…

‘Eureka Day’ playwright to appear at Spreckels Performing Arts Center this weekend

Jonathan Spector, the award-winning, Oakland-based playwright of ‘Eureka Day,’ playing through September 22 at Rohnert Park’s Spreckels Performing Arts Center, will be attending this Saturday evening’s performance of his award-winning comedy-drama. Spector has recently returned from New York City, where ‘Eureka Day’ – which premiered last year at Berkeley’s Aurora Theatre – had its East…