Ph.D. Candidate James Armstrong Opens New Play at Detroit Repertory Theatre

James Armstrong, a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre, is thrilled that his play Capital has recently opened at Detroit Repertory Theatre this spring. During the play's rehearsal process, he was in contact with Leah Smith, the play's director, and had lots of productive conversations about the various 19th-century figures in the play, including philosopher Karl Marx and actress Ellen Ternan. He travelled to Detroit to see the premiere on March 23rd. Detroit Rep is the oldest alternative professional theatre in Michigan, and Capital continues the company's commitment to interracial casting and affordable ticket prices (all $20 or less). Capital will be running until May 14th.
James Armstrong’s research focuses mainly on the nineteenth century, and his article on the actress Eliza O’Neill appeared in Theatre Notebook. His theatre reviews have appeared in European Stages, The Dickensian, and The Edgar Allan Poe Review. His short play The State of Colorado v. Tennessee Williams was recently published in Canyon Voices. He holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. from Drew University. In addition to teaching at CUNY, he also teaches English at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City.

Submitted on: APR 4, 2017

Category: Student News | Theatre and Performance