This is a blog about the arts in New York City and the rest of America, written by Terry Teachout. Terry is a critic, biographer, playwright, director, librettist, recovering musician, and inveterate blogger. In addition to theater, he writes here and elsewhere about all of the other arts–books, ballet, music, painting and sculpture, film and TV, and whatever else happens to catch his eye or ear.
Billy and Me, my second play, received its world premiere on December 8, 2017, at Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach, Fla. Satchmo at the Waldorf, my first play, ran earlier this season at New Orleans’ Le Petit Theatre. It previously closed off Broadway at the Westside Theatre on June 29, 2014, after 18 previews and 136 performances. That production was directed by Gordon Edelstein, with John Douglas Thompson appearing in the triple role of Louis Armstrong, Joe Glaser, and Miles Davis. John won the 2013-14 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle “Outstanding Solo Performance” awards for his performance.
The same production has also been seen at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, and Colorado Springs’ Theatreworks.
In addition, Satchmo has been produced by New Venture Theater in Baton Rouge, La., the Court Theatre in Chicago, the Alley Theatre in Houston, Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, N.H., B Street Theatre in Sacramento, Calif., Mosaic Theatre in Washington, D.C., Palm Beach Dramaworks, and Triangle Productions in Portland, Oregon. (I directed the Alley Theatre and Palm Beach Dramaworks productions.) An earlier version of the play, starring Dennis Neal and directed by Rus Blackwell, was premiered at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in 2011.
Satchmo at the Waldorf is published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. To inquire about obtaining rights to produce the play, go here.
Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and I are the panelists on “Three on the Aisle,” a bimonthly podcast from New York about theater in America.
My latest book is Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, published in 2013 by Gotham Books in the U.S. and the Robson Press in England and now available in paperback. I have also written biographies of Louis Armstrong, George Balanchine, and H.L. Mencken, as well as a volume of my collected essays called A Terry Teachout Reader and a memoir called City Limits: Memories of a Small-Town Boy.
To read all three installments of “The Long Goodbye,” a multi-part posting about the experience of watching a parent die, go here.