Interview on Welcome to Keene, NH and The Subtext Podcast

Playwright, theater advocate, and journalist Kenneth Jones recently interviewed me about my coming to be a playwright, the play Welcome to Keene, NH, and The Subtext podcast that I produce and host for American Theatre Magazine.

If you care about playwriting, you probably listen — or you should be listening — to the valuable podcast called “The Subtext,” hosted by Chicago-based playwright Brian James Polak, who asks dramatists and other theatermakers smart questions about their backgrounds, processes, goals and strategies. In 2020, Polak’s new play Welcome to Keene, New Hampshire, a 21st-century riff in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, is getting shared world-premiere stagings in South Carolina and Chicago. It seemed like a good time to get to know Polak’s background, process, goals and strategies.
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Click here to read the interview in its entirety.

Chicago's Strawdog Theatre Announces "Welcome to Keene, NH"

WELCOME TO KEENE, NEW HAMPSHIRE | April 16 - May 30, 2020

BY BRIAN JAMES POLAK

DIRECTED BY LEDA HOFFMANN

Co-World Premiere with PURE Theater (Charleston, SC)

BUY TICKETS THURS, FRI, SAT AT 7:30PM · SUN AT 4PM

TICKETS $35 | SENIORS $26

Keene, New Hampshire shares a view of Mount Monadnock with Thornton Wilder’s fictional Our Town. Modern day Keene shares many of America’s challenges – guns, opioids, divergent political views. Brian James Polak’s play explores the way we are today: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying.

Read Strawdog Theatre’s Season 32 Announcement in the Chicago Tribune.

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Welcome to Keene, NH to receive a co-World Premiere at PURE Theater in Charleston, SC

WELCOME TO KEENE,
NEW HAMPSHIRE 

BY BRIAN JAMES POLAK
DIRECTED BY SHARON GRACI
CO–WORLD PREMIERE WITH CHICAGO’S STRAWDOG THEATRE 
JAN 10 – FEB 1 PureTheater.org

Boasting a dramatic structure mirroring that of Thorton Wilder’s Our Town, Welcome to Keene, NEW HAMPSHIRE advances Wilder’s original question, which asked us to consider what it means to be human, to ask a much more pertinent one: what does it mean to be human in the world today?

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