Debra Kaufman’s “Harbor Hope” Is a Good Attempt at Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse

The PlayGround: A Theatre Cooperative and Common Ground Theatre co-production of Harbor Hope, a new one-act play written by Debra Kaufman and directed by Joshua Benjamin, is a good attempt at raising awareness of domestic abuse. Kaufman has crammed a bit more story than she tells into this examination of familial abuse and the efforts… Continue reading Debra Kaufman’s “Harbor Hope” Is a Good Attempt at Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse

Keith Burridge’s New Play, “The Art of Deception,” Is Interesting, But It Needs Some Work

Common Ground Theatre is currently hosting PlayGround: A Theater Cooperative’s production of The Art of Deception, a new play by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research scientist and university professor Keith Burridge. The script has some problems; and although we agree somewhat about them we are undertaking a new structure for our column… Continue reading Keith Burridge’s New Play, “The Art of Deception,” Is Interesting, But It Needs Some Work

Richard Krawiec’s “Creeds” Sheds Too Little Light on Why FBI Agent Robert Hanssen Became a Soviet Spy

Lori Mahl (left) and Jessica Ann Heironimus star in PlayGround's world-premiere production of "Creeds" by Richard Krawiec, which runs March 22-April 1

PlayGround’s current world premiere of Richard Krawiec’s psychological drama, “Creeds” puts the double life of Federal Bureau of Investigation agent-turned-Soviet and later Russian spy Robert Hanssen under a microscope, but doesn’t reveal nearly enough about his motives or answer the question of whether his wife, Bonnie, was a co-conspirator in — or an innocent victim of — his treasonous endeavors.

Richard Krawiec’s New Play “Creeds” Tells the Story of FBI Agent-Turned Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen

Lori Mahl (left) and Jessica Ann Heironimus star in PlayGround's world-premiere production of "Creeds" by Richard Krawiec, which runs March 22-April 1

“I just happened upon a brief story about Robert Hanssen in researching another topic,” recalls “Creeds” dramatist Richard Krawiec, “and as I read it, I became fascinated with his wife, Bonnie. The story didn’t add up. Having worked as an investigative reporter, things just didn’t jibe. So, I spent a lot of time researching articles, reading books — about six or so — watching movies.”