A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Sarah Ruhl
I'm holding a photograph from sometime in the 1950s, the heart-stopping addendum to Sarah Ruhl's For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday. It's a picture of Sarah's mom as a teenager, posing backstage with Mary Martin. They're in Martin's dressing room, and the star is still wearing Peter Pan's ivy chamo. Kathy, the woman who will be Sarah Ruhl's mother, wears the knowing smile of Davenport, Iowa's own reigning Peter Pan. Their arms are flung wide—not akimbo, the way Peter's are always described—and their heads are tipped back. Kathy looks straight into the camera and catches our eyes and, unknowingly, across many years, her daughter's eyes. One day, decades later, that daughter will write her a gift.Click here to read whole essay
A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Taylor Mac
I'm on a flight from Seattle to New York, en route to a memorial for Seth Gelblum, a prominent and genuinely menschy entertainment lawyer, who, with kindness, strength and diplomacy, served as chairman of the board of New Dramatists for most of the eighteen years I was artistic director there. Seth died way too young, fought long and hard to hold onto life, left more than one person's share of generosity behind and a list of accomplishments that led to the distinction of being a lawyer honored with a special Tony. One of those many accomplishments was the creation of a stable and thriving home for playwrights, sustained in part by his fascinated love and determination to serve those writers. Click Here to read whole essay...
15, Actors, 20 Years:
Making Lives In and Out of the American Theatre
by Todd London
1995: Todd London is captivated by 15 actors: the talent-packed graduating class of Harvard's ART. London chronicles the heartbreaks and triumphs of “the 15” throughout their first year as professional actors in New York City.
2015: London tracks down “the 15” to find out what’s become of these exceptional artists. Who is still acting? Who has quit the business? And what does “making it” even mean?
Todd London's first e-book, 15 Actors, 20 Years is the fascinating professional biography of a gifted group — and a meditation on what it means to be an American theatre artist. Foreword by Robert Brustein. Click Here
UW School of Drama Announces 2016-17 Season: New Takes on Past Worlds, featuring plays by Ellen McLaughlin, Suzan-Lori Parks, Qui Nguyen, Anne Washburn, Jordan Harrison, William Shakespeare, Sarah Ruhl, Tina Howe, Maria Irene Fornes, and Jose Rivera. Click Here
A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights: Anne Washburn
I had a friend who woke up one night upon hearing a burglar in his apartment and seeing the flickering light of a candle the burglar was carrying. My friend feigned sleep—with his wife beside him and his teenage son in the next room. He heard the burglar go through the pockets of the pants slung over a chair. He heard—felt, really—the burglar go to the dresser next to him, heard things shuffled, gone through. The next morning—in case there was any question whether he’d been asleep and dreaming—he saw a trail of dried wax on the floor around the bed, the drippings from the candle.
I think about that trail of wax when I think about Anne Washburn, who was just announced winner of this year's prestigious Herb Alpert Award for Theatre. I think about Anne Washburn, whose work I've been tracking for over fifteen years, and about whom I still have many questions. Questions like: is she afraid of the dark? Is she mocking those of us who are...
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Mellon Foundation grants $750,000 to fund performing arts research.
The Andrew A. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of Washington a three-year $750,000 grant to pilot a new Creative Fellowships Initiative that will explore the nature of creative research at a top public research university. The interdisciplinary initiative will advance the field of performing arts by supporting artists in the development of new work and by integrating the performing arts disciplines into the broader curriculum. click here
The Book of Joseph
by Karen Hartman
Directed by Barbara Gaines
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Through March, 2017
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