ShadowCatcher has commissioned writer-filmmaker Susan Winter to write a play inspired by the life and times of Adelaide Herculine Barbin, a 19th century intersex whose memoir was published to fascination and acclaim by Michael Foucault in the 1970s. SCE's support of HERCULINE represents the company's ongoing interest in stories that reflect multiculturalism, inclusion, and the timeless importance of human compassion.
Will Arbery has been commissioned by ShadowCatcher to write SINGING TO MYSELF, a play set in a small town in East Texas, where a woman with Down syndrome enrolls in music lessons with a prickly outsider artist. A story about unlikely friendship and unexpected creativity in the wake of loss, SINGING TO MYSELF reflects SCE's commitment to support gifted emerging writers and champion inclusivity and diverse representation on the American stage.
The Choreographed Cacophony of FERRYMAN: The New York Times profiles the controlled chaos of backstage life with THE FERRYMAN's cast of 21 - plus understudies, stage crew, and wranglers for the show's child actors, infants, and live animals. Click here to see how the company gets through eight performances a week on Broadway.
Our smashing new website for MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL on Broadway is live! Previews begin June 28, 2019 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Click here for ticket info and make plans this summer to see the show the NY Times hailed as "smart, shameless, and extravagantly entertaining."
It's Official! AIN'T TOO PROUD - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS starts previews at Broadway's Imperial Theater Feb 28, 2019 ahead of a March 21 opening. See the full casting announcement and check out the show's new poster art here.
LOCKDOWN at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater April 17 - May 19, 2019
Produced in association with ShadowCatcher Entertainment
Presented in Partnership with Drama Club, Fortune Society, NYC Together, PEN America, Project Liberation, and Rehabilitation Through the Arts.
LOCKDOWN takes an authentic, intimate and powerful look at the impact of long-term incarceration and the reality of what life inside prison is really like. Inspired by Cori Thomas's time with people serving life sentences at San Quentin Prison, LOCKDOWN explores the possibilities for transformation through human connection.
Following each performance of LOCKDOWN is a community conversation that creates an opportunity for audiences to discuss the play with guest speakers who have firsthand knowledge and expertise in criminal justice reform. This 25-minute moderated discussion will give the audience an opportunity to expand knowledge, deepen engagement and inspire action that can lead to vital policy changes.
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ShadowCatcher's identification of singularly gifted writers and and commissioning of stories that reflect our mission and values are at the heart of our new play development activities. Read more about our commissioning work here and here, and click the links below to learn more about SCE's amazing group of commissioned writers.
SCE's commissioned writers, Susan Winter, Will Arbery, Tony Meneses, Jessica Dickey, and Rogelio Martinez discuss the plays they're working on - their inspiration, their vision, and their process. Click here for the interviews.
ShadowCatcher's first feature film, SMOKE SIGNALS, recently had the distinction of being inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in recognition of its cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. Here's what the Library of Congress stated about SMOKE SIGNALS in its release:
SMOKE SIGNALS (1998)
Native American directors are a rarity in Hollywood. After the early silent film pioneers James Young Deer and Edwin Carewe, the portrayal of Native Americans in cinema turned dark and stereotypical. These social trends started changing with motion pictures like the groundbreaking SMOKE SIGNALS, generally considered to be the first feature film written, directed and produced by Native Americans. Director Chris Eyre uses the relaxed road-movie concept to create a funny and unpretentious look at Native Americans in the nation’s cinema and culture. The mostly Native American cast features Adam Beach and Evan Adams as the two road warriors who find themselves on a hilarious adventure. Beneath the highly entertaining façade, the film acquainted non-Native American audiences with real insights into the indigenous Americans’ culture. Sherman Alexie penned the witty, droll script based his book “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.” This Miramax release was a big hit on the independent film circuit and won numerous awards, including a Sundance award.