CQ/CX playwright Gabe McKinley sat down with NY-1 News “On Stage” host Patrick Pacheco this week to discuss Atlantic Theater Company’s critically acclaimed world premiere production of his newsroom drama, now playing an extended engagement through Sunday, March 11.
Now watch the complete television interview online:
CQ/CX, directed by Tony Award® nominee David Leveaux and featuring the ensemble cast of Larry Bryggman, Peter Jay Fernandez, Tim Hopper, Arliss Howard, Kobi Libii, David Pittu, Steve Rosen and Sheila Tapia opened on February 15 at the Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenue).
In CQ/CX, Jay, an up and coming black reporter at The New York Times, finds his dreams of becoming a famous journalist come crashing down as he becomes the center of a plagiarism scandal. Drawing on his own experience as a newsman, McKinley weaves a revealing and complex story about the collateral damage of unchecked ambition and compounded lies. In this new play inspired by real events, truth becomes slippery and racial tensions reach a boiling point. CQ/CX raises difficult questions about the state of our media culture, and the meaning and price of journalistic integrity.
GABE MCKINLEY makes his Atlantic debut with the world premiere of CQ/CX. His critically acclaimed play Extinction was produced Off-Broadway last season, and his other plays include The Kitchen Sink Play, Welcome Home Rock Rogers, Funny and Floodplains. He is the recipient of the 2011 Samuel French/New School for Drama Award for Excellence in Playwriting, and his play The Grave was the winner of the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival.