Sexpionage with Martin Zimmerman

Playwright Martin Zimmerman
Playwright Martin Zimmerman, photo: Carin Silkaitis

Welcome to Chicago Playwrights, a new column and Web video series about Chicago writers produced by The Clyde Fitch Report in association with Chicago Dramatists.

Chicago Dramatists is one of the primary hubs of new theater work in the Chicago area; it is the country’s only combination play development center and producing theater, and each year its playwrights receive hundreds of readings, workshops and productions around the world.

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In each installment of this series, Bec Willett and I will interview one of Chicago Dramatists’ Resident Playwrights. For our first episode, Martin Zimmerman joins us to discuss his play, Let Me Count The Ways: A Sexpionage Play About the Birth of Modern Pornography, which recently won the 2014 Terrence McNally New Play Award. It tells a theatrical version of the real-life clash between libertine poet Pietro Arentino and Pope Clement VII over a series of sexually explicit prints. The play is also slated for a whirlwind tour of readings around the country in January, at the Philadelphia Theater Company (Sat., Jan. 10) and New York Theater Workshop (Mon., Jan 12). An excerpt of the script is also available on Zimmerman’s website.

Enjoy the interview!