ABOUT US

When you read The Flashpaper, you can . . .

. . . experience the urgent ideas of the country’s most exciting theatre artists.

. . . relish how many forms those ideas take, from scripts and essays to graphic novels, photo diaries, and more. 

. . . hold an actual, physical publication—a talisman of where we are at this moment.

. . . support artists with 100% of the profits from your purchase. 

 

To put it another way:

The Flashpaper: Theatre’s Thoughts on Right Now is a biannual publication in which 10-12 theatre artists and/or theatre companies create new work that responds to a specific prompt about an urgent current event. Their responses are published to elevate their voices, provide them with compensation, and present a snapshot of how they are collectively engaging with the present moment.

The Flashpaper only exists in print. Snippets might be available online, but the full experience is in the tangible publication.

 

 

The Flashpaper, Issue 1

Published June 2020

In support of The Indie Theater Fund and indie theatre artists.

The prompt: What Will Happen When Social Distancing Ends?

 

Foreword: David Henry Hwang

 

Afterword: Sarah Treem

 

Contents:

A manifesto from
Meropi Peponides 

A comic from

Ayun Halliday  

An essay on family, love, race, and quarantine by
Kelley Nicole Girod

 

A reflection on a canceled production from
Mia Katigbak and NAATCO 

A new play by
Clare Barron

Six photo essays from members of
Kinesis Project dance theatre

 

A Q&A on theatre, medicine, and activism with
The Living Theatre, an epidemiologist, and a community organizer

 

A review of immersive theatre in 2023 by
Joel Jeske and Mark Lonergan of Parallel Exit  

 

A new play by

Sarah Einspanier

 

An essay on how we're all disabled now by 

Nicholas Viselli and Theater Breaking Through Barriers

 

An essay on justice and the post-plague theatre by
Tara Moses 

A new play by
Raquel Almazan 

 
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...
 

Evan Cabnet 

Artistic Director of LCT3 at

Lincoln Center Theater

"In this moment of true chaos, thank god for The Flashpaper for providing a space for theatre artists to reflect and to share their hard-won insights, profound wisdom, and beautiful dreams of better times ahead. I’m so grateful for this oasis of serious thought and creative energy." 

David Henry Hwang

Tony Award-winning & Pulitzer Prize-nominated Playwright

"The Flashpaper: Theatre’s Thoughts on Right Now gathers together a new and vital community. On these pages, we will share our lives and work during this pandemic, our discoveries in isolation, and our innovations as we emerge to rebuild the theatre. In doing so, we may even rediscover our roots."

Lauren Gunderson 

America’s most produced living playwright 

"The Flashpaper is a gift for anyone who makes or cares about theatre. No. It’s a gift for everyone who cares. I’m so thrilled that this new publication exists that I’m actually mad with joy about it. It has everything I wanted (and didn’t know I wanted) to unpack and confront this present moment: a shocking play, a riveting graphic novel, an inspiring manifesto, and on and on. This publication gives and gives and gives. The generosity of its creativity is both like a balm and a delicious carbonated drink. I want more. I need more. I can’t wait to share this, and I can’t wait for what’s next."

 

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

$1 GOES TO

each contributing entity. They are all indie theatre artists or indie theatre companies.

$1 GOES TO

The Flashpaper’s editor, Mark Blankenship. (He’s also an indie artist.) 

$1 GOES TO

The Flashpaper’s production manager, Ben Van Buren. (He’s also an indie artist.)

$2.50 GOES TO

The Indie Theater Fund, a nonprofit that supports indie artists in New York City.

THE REST OF YOUR MONEY

covers production costs.

IF YOU ADD A SILVER DONATION* OF $7.50 TO YOUR ORDER

all additional proceeds will be split among the Indie Theater Fund, all contributing entities, and the two Flashpaper staffers.

IF YOU ADD A GOLD DONATION* OF $15 TO YOUR ORDER

all additional proceeds will be split among Indie Theater Fund, all contributing entities, and the two Flashpaper staffers.

* Please note that donations are NOT tax deductible. 

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CONTACT

Mark Blankenship, Editor and Founder

Ben Van Buren, Production Manager

theflashpaperjournal@gmail.com

John Wyszniewski, Press Representative

john@everymanagency.com

 
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