9 March 2017: ATG just posted a swell interview with Billy on their website. They also had this to say in their preview of what’s coming to the Traf 2:
Stephen saw wonderful success in 2016, with his game-changing play The Humans receiving numerous accolades on and off-Broadway, including the Tony Award for Best New Play.
Bill is also no stranger to honours for his craft, having earned over 30 Grammy nominations and 4 wins for his previous work on Broadway Cast Recordings. As a playwright, he is the recipient of the 2006 Richard Rodgers Award.
These productions mark West End debuts for both writers and this is not the only similarity we can draw between them. Both worked their way up the career ladder from humble beginnings in theatreland as readers for various publishing houses and theatre companies to climbing the rungs all the way up to Broadway.
Now, as they begin to promote their respective plays across the pond, both men have spoken out on their worries regarding the new US administration and what it will mean for the future of the Arts in America. All of Karam’s plays, he says, come from a place of “what’s keeping me up at night”, and the lack of Arts funding in the US compared to the UK prompts Rosenfield to note an urgent need for “a surge in serious plays addressing harsh social and political issues”.
Turning towards their own work, both Speech & Debate (currently resonating with audeinces and critics alike) and 46 Beacon are plays of small casts with strong characters, where the supporting roles are played by the themes and political issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ communities in the plays individual settings.
From a hotel room in 1970’s Boston to a mid-00’s High School; Rosenfield and Karam’s plays provide a unique and moving insight into the dynamic world of gay politics; how far we have come, and how far there is yet to go. Witty, moving and incredibly relevant, you’d be a fool to miss out on these wonderful plays – book your tickets quickly before they go!