Stagecraft: Jessica Hagedorn, Playwright of “Felix Starro”

The Stagecraft podcast is hosted by Jan Simpson. It is a series of interviews with playwrights (and musical book writers) of shows opening on Broadway and off-Broadway.


Guest: Stagecraft: Jessica Hagedorn, Playwright of “Felix Starro
Jessica Hagedorn | Book & Lyrics
Jessica is the author of Dogeaters (National Book Award finalist), Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, Danger And Beauty, and Burning Heart: A Portrait Of The Philippines (with photojournalist Marissa Roth). She is the editor of three groundbreaking anthologies: Manila Noir, Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction and Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home In The World. Her numerous plays include adaptations of Dogeaters (world premiere directed by Michael Greif) and The Gangster Of Love (world premiere directed by Loretta Greco), and the musical Most Wanted, a collaboration with composer Mark Bennett. Screenplays include Fresh Kill, a feature film directed by Shu Lea Cheang. From 1975-85, Jessica led a funky/punky poet’s band called The Gangster Choir. One of the band’s signature songs, “Tenement Lover”, is featured in John Giorno’s ‘80s music anthology, A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth Of A Corpse. Prizes and honors include the American Book Award, the Philippine National Book Award, the AALDEF Justice in Action Award, as well as fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Hewlett, Gerbode Foundation, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sundance Theatre Lab and the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab. She is a finalist for the 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Mabuhay/Salamats: to our phenomenal, paranormal, charismatic, kick-ass cast, our indefatigable creative/production team, Sarah Hanlon and Jesse Jae Hoon of Ma-Yi, and my invaluable assistant, Jennifer Ogasian. Up next, for Two River Theater: Play Like A Girl: The Amazing Life & Times Of A Band Named Fanny.


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