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
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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by Karen Hartman
Directed by Abigail Addams
People's Light & Theatre
June & July, 2017
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