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  • Variety Critic to Pen New Biography of Stephen Sondheim

    Playbill.com : News
    Andrew Gans
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    David Benedict, Variety's London theatre critic, will end his stint at the industry paper later this week to begin full-time work on a new biography of Tony-winning composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
  • Interviews: Can-Can's Michael Berresse Defends the Honor of the Classic Broadway Musical

    TheaterMania.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The seasoned Broadway vet dusts off his dancing shoes for the Broadway-bound revival of the Cole Porter gem.
  • Theater Review: ‘The Old Man and the Old Moon,’ a Musical Tale of a Quest

    NYT > Theater
    By BEN BRANTLEY
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    In “The Old Man and The Old Moon,” at the New Victory, a man who keeps the moon stocked with light leaves his post, causing havoc.
  • A Movie Based On The Video Game 'Tetris' Is Coming Soon To A Theater Near You

    Theater News
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Threshold Entertainment, the company that brought the "Mortal Kombat" video game to the big screen, is partnering with The Tetris Company to bring the '80s hit "Tetris" to movie theaters. . "What everyone doesn't know yet is this epic sci- fi story that we're going to tell.
  • L.A.'s East West Players Wants to Read Your Play

    Backstage.com News
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    East West Players on Wednesday will open a playwriting competition with a $5,000 grand prize.  The contest, dubbed “2042: See Change,” is part of an initiative to promote diversity in American theater. While EWP considers itself to be “the nation’s premier Asian American theatre organization,” playwrights don’t need to be Asian to submit.  “All the scripts are read blind—there’s no title and no author. We don’t know if they’re Asian or not, or male or female,” Tim Dang, EWP’s producing artistic director,…
 
 
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    Theater News

  • A Movie Based On The Video Game 'Tetris' Is Coming Soon To A Theater Near You

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Threshold Entertainment, the company that brought the "Mortal Kombat" video game to the big screen, is partnering with The Tetris Company to bring the '80s hit "Tetris" to movie theaters. . "What everyone doesn't know yet is this epic sci- fi story that we're going to tell.
  • Theater director accused of sexual assault posts bail

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Mark Allen Drey, 55, of Exeter Township, is accused of inappropriately touching and 'sexting' with the 14-year-old boy, who was a performer in one of the youth productions at Alpha/Omega Playhouse. According to court documents, the relationship turned sexual in March of this year, after Drey allegedly sent sexually-explicit text messages to the victim, including photos of his genitals.
  • New museum marks the "Birthplace of Country Music"

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    But the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is not located in Nashville. Instead, it's in Bristol, a small town on the Tennessee-Virginia state line.
  • Benson Theatre nonprofit buys historic Vaudeville Theater

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    After receiving more than $309,000 in donations, the Benson Theatre nonprofit purchased the neighborhood's historic Vaudeville Theater with plans to restore its classic stage. The nonprofit leased the theater building from April 2012 to Aug. 2014 while raising funds to buy and restore the landmark to serve as a shared community space for business education and artistic performance.
  • Austin school district gets federal art grant

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:55 am
    The Austin American-Statesman reports Monday that the U.S. Department of Education grant will fund three new hires in theater and dance. It will also support professional development in elementary music education throughout the district.
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    Backstage.com News

  • L.A.'s East West Players Wants to Read Your Play

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    East West Players on Wednesday will open a playwriting competition with a $5,000 grand prize.  The contest, dubbed “2042: See Change,” is part of an initiative to promote diversity in American theater. While EWP considers itself to be “the nation’s premier Asian American theatre organization,” playwrights don’t need to be Asian to submit.  “All the scripts are read blind—there’s no title and no author. We don’t know if they’re Asian or not, or male or female,” Tim Dang, EWP’s producing artistic director,…
  • 11 Theater Companies Known for Producing New Works

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    In the ever-changing theatrical landscape, plays that speak to our contemporary experience remain as vital as ever. Though many theaters work world premieres into their seasons, the following companies play historically key roles in the development of new American plays and musicals, from inception to production. Actors and writers take note: Here are 11 companies that foster the growth of emerging and established playwrights throughout the United States.  Playwrights Horizons (New York)The name says it all; this prominent Off-Broadway company has played a major role in the careers of…
  • The Best First Headshots

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    After Chris Pratt posted his first headshot to Twitter, we asked you to send us yours! Here are our top five user-submitted photos — big hair and 90's clothes included. But now we need your help: Vote for your favorite retro headshot by the end of the day on October 7 by using the poll at the bottom of the page! Ann Lee Gloria Rique Brian   // "); // ]]>
  • ITVFest Announces 2014 Winners

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    For actors and creators alike, what remains essential to success is knowing what you represent and how to make a lasting impression. “What’s the one thing you want me to remember about you after you walk away?” was the question Starz Digital VP David Katz posed during one of several panel discussions at the 9th annual ITVFest in West Dover, Vt, where attendees asked questions about networking, content production, and distribution. In addition to panels, the festival showcased 57 selections over the weekend of Sept. 26 with the purpose of connecting creators with each…
  • Now Casting ‘Under My Roof’ and Upcoming Auditions

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “Under My Roof.” “Under My Roof” follows Daniel Weinberg or “King Daniel” as he “declares independence from the United States by establishing the world’s tiniest nuclear state—the 5,000-square-foot Kingdom and Realm of Weinbergia.” The lead role of Daniel is being cast, as well as several other lead roles. This is a paid gig and submissions are being sought worldwide. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Under My Roof” here, and be sure to check out the…
 
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    Backstage.com Interview

  • 3 Reasons to Become a Student of Acting Coach Matt Newton

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    After studying drama at Vassar College and acting professionally for 15 years, Matt Newton finally discovered his true passion. Since creating the MN Acting Studio in 2009, Newton has realized his love of coaching. “I can use my acting training and experience on set and pass it along to students who are looking to break in and enhance their skills, and tell them what they’re essentially getting into in a very real and honest way,” says the NYC-based teacher. “I think I miss it to a certain extent,” says Netwon, referring to his professional acting days wherein he…
  • B.J. Britt’s 1 Tip For Staying Sharp on Set

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Up-and-coming actor B.J. Britt takes a break from fight training for “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” to chat about his work in the Marvel Universe and on the hit BET series “Being Mary Jane.” On playing Paul Jr. on “Being Mary Jane.”“He’s a mama’s boy and he also wants to make his dad proud; same thing with me, I’m a mama’s boy...she still babies me to this day. And just like Paul Jr., I want to make my dad proud. He’s my role model.... That’s one of the main reasons I hold Paul Jr. so close to…
  • How to Submit for CBS' Diversity Program

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    The CBS Diversity Institute program each year holds auditions around the country in a bid to find actors of color for the network’s scripted programming. Fern Orenstein, who was recently promoted to senior vice president, casting, CBS Entertainment, oversees the selection process and talent showcases. In an interview, Backstage asked her how actors can submit and, if selected, what the program can do for their careers.  Backstage: How can actors submit to CBS’ diversity program?Fern Orenstein: CBS network casting executives hold auditions in New York, Los Angeles,…
  • USC’s Jennifer Warren Encourages Actors to Hyphenate

    29 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Jennifer Warren was known as a multi-hyphenate actor before she made the latest addition to her title: senior lecturer at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Warren’s advice to young performers is simple. “I think you should have five balls in the air,” said the alum of American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. “Work begets work.” In addition to acting in classic films such as “Slap Shot” (she played the wife of Paul Newman’s Reg Dunlop), Warren’s resume includes two feature directing…
  • 1 Strategy That Helps ‘Annabelle’ Director John R. Leonetti

    26 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Annabelle, the demonic doll from 2013’s “The Conjuring,” is getting her own film come Oct. 3. Cinematographer-turned-director John R. Leonetti is taking on the origin story that focuses on an expectant couple as they deal with the sinister toy after the husband brings it home for his wife’s doll collection. “For me it was an honor and an interesting challenge to be entrusted with a movie that is involved in that franchise, but the bar is really high,” says Leonetti of “Annabelle.” While he directed “The Butterfly Effect 2,” Leonetti…
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    Jane Fonda

  • BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF)

    Jane
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    I wrote a week ago but I’ve had problems with my computer so I couldn’t send it out until today. Women stars of THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU: Abigail Spencer, Tina Fey, Connie Britton and moi I arrived early evening last Saturday, Sept 6th, and had dinner with my BFF, Paula Weinstein, her daughter Hannah Rosenberg (my goddaughter) and her friend at the Asian restaurant in the new Shangrila Hotel. (Sorry about the red eye problem. Can’t fix it on my iPad.) Warner Brothers (who distributes “This Is Where I Leave You”) was having a party upstairs and I’d heard Al…
  • Jane Fonda Narrates New Documentary “Becoming California”

    Jane
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    When I was asked to narrate the California Legacy Project’s documentary “Becoming California” I jumped at the chance. I’ve learned much about the makeup of the California landscape from its State Parks, having hiked in the Redwood forests and camped in Sequoia National Park among others, but I was surprised to learn there was much I wasn’t familiar with and even areas I thought I understood turned out to be far more unique and interesting than I ever imagined. I loved finding out about the geological histories that brought us what we see today— from the vast…
  • HAVING FUN ON “GRACE & FRANKIE”

    Jane
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Okay, it’s starting to get real fun on this new Netflix series I’m shooting with Lily Tomlin (Don’t know when it will air–sometime after the thirteen episodes of the first season are finished –and you can start binge watching!). But I want to apologize to my blog readers because I haven’t been writing much. That’s because we shoot such long hours and there isn’t any time and what little leftover time there is, is spent (by me, at least) watching the dailies which takes hours but which is critical for me–that’s how I learn what works,…
  • STARTING THE NEW SERIES, “GRACE & FRANKIE,” WITH LILY TOMLIN, MARTIN SHEEN & SAM WATERSTON

    Jane
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    I was very excited when Martin Sheen was cast as my husband and Sam Waterston as Lily’s. It feels good to have my pal from “The Newsroom” with us on this new adventure. Most of my Newsroom scenes were with him and I grew to care for him a lot. I’ve never worked with Martin before but we’ve met on several occasions and we share values and concerns…actually, all four of us do. Another thing we all have in common is Aaron Sorkin. Between “West Wing” and “The Newsroom” we’ve all worked for him. We began shooting “Grace &…
  • GoldDerby.com: Jane Fonda is back in the Emmy derby — and this time she’s ‘stoned’ (and nice)

    JF.com
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Jane Fonda is back in the Emmy derby competing for Best Guest Drama Actress for her role in “The Newsroom” as eccentric media tycoon Leona Lansing – and this time she’s got several strong plusses: she’s nice, she’s stoned (more on that in a moment) and she gives a rousing speech in the episode she submitted to judges (“Red Team III”). click here for the complete article
 
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    The Wicked Stage

  • Untangling the Web

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today my employer American Theatre joins the 21st century and debuts a fully functioning, up-to-the-minute website, Americantheatre.org (apparently "americantheater.org" also takes you there). This also happens to be our October season preview issue, which means the unveiling of our Top 10 Most-Produced Plays list, as well as our Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights list, and an extra bonus that's kind of a dream come true for me: As a fan of podcasts like Bloggingheads and the various Slate-casts, I'm proud to inaugurate the new semi-weekly edition of AT Offscript, the debut episode of which…
  • Alive At Last

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    The New York Philharmonic's live concert staging of Sondheim's masterpiece Sweeney Todd will be broadcast on PBS stations on Sept. 26. I had the privilege of covering the show for current issue of The Sondheim Review. Below is the full text of my review.If, as Sondheim will remind anyone who asks him, the hard-to-find dividing line between the opera and the musical is in the venue and its attendant audience expectations--if it’s done in a theater, it’s a musical, and if it’s in an opera house, it’s an opera, even if it’s the same text and score--then what do you call it when…
  • From the Review Vaults: The Color Purple, 2005

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    I felt pretty lonely back in 2005, when as the critic for Broadway.com I raved about the musical version of The Color Purple. My colleagues were largely unimpressed, as you can see here. So I felt a tad vindicated when Ben Brantley all but recanted his earlier review after seeing John Doyle's stripped-down staging last year in London; all of a sudden the show's virtues shone through. I recently stumbled upon a copy of my review (some industrious chatboard poster had preserved it, as Broadway.com not only made sure I was the last theater critic in their employ, they also deleted all previous…
  • Too Much Freedom to Fail

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    There's been a fair amount of rumbling from L.A. theater folks I know and/or follow via the indispensable site Bitter Lemons about a coming "war" over the long-contested Equity 99-Seat Plan. I'm not sure if the martial metaphor is really helpful, but suffice to say: What I've heard and read so far makes me very interested to see where the discussion goes.And it made me think, unavoidably, of things I've written about this seemingly undisentangle-able Gordian knot before; this two-part history of the Equity "Waiver" agreement, for one, but also a speech I was invited to give at the L.A. Stage…
  • Play On

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    I've mentioned it a few times in this space, but it's official now: Today is the release of a CD I helped make with my old film-school and campus newspaper colleague Susan Lambert: O Baby Mine: Sing a Song of Shakespeare, a collection of songs based on and/or inspired by Will's works and words, geared toward kids but (we hope) also bearable listening for their whole family. I can quote from an actual press release from Ken Werther:O Baby Mine: Sing A Song of Shakespeare is for anyone who wants to share their love of theatre, music, and the Bard and his language with their families. Featuring…
 
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • REVIEW: 'The World of Extreme Happiness' in the Goodman's Owen Theatre ★★½

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The birth of Sunny, the central character in Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's unstinting and sardonic new play, "The World of Extreme Happiness," is celebrated by her moments-old self being stuffed in a bucket, lid slammed shut. The parental hope is that Sunny, whose outlook as a peasant girl in the...
  • REVIEW: 'Bethany' at the Gift Theatre ★★★

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Perhaps the biggest change in American society over the last 10 years is the amount of grease now to be found on the long-standing ladder leading toward middle-class stability, even as the richest one-thousandth of Americans make staggering gains in their incomes.
  • American Blues has 'Side Man' and 'Tavern' casts

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    American Blues Theater announced casting for its upcoming productions of “Side Man” and “Yankee Tavern” on Tuesday.
  • Rosas troupe brings its 'Rosas' dance to MCA

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is nothing if not complicated. In an 18-minute YouTube video posted in 2013, she gave an extensive explanation of the sources and structures for just the second movement (of four) in her seminal female quartet, "Rosas danst Rosas" (1983).
  • Tympanic Theatre announces season

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Tympanic Theatre Company has announced its 2014-15 season. The storefront company’s eighth year includes two productions.
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    Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured

  • Pollock's Toy Museum: A Magical Mystery Tour

    Trish Short Lewis
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Do not be fooled, this beautiful house and its neighbour have more to pose than this dancing jester. If you approach, do so with caution. The sheer unimaginable excellence of this rare collection of exhibited, ingenious and engaging articles, lost in time, is undoubtedly a worthy and untamed match for J.K.Rowling’s ‘Diagon Alley’.Take a magical mystery tour with Eddy Fawdry, of Pollock's Toy Museum1 - a place like no other, in the world...1 - Children lured by the colourful shop window of Pollocks Toy Museum to explore inside, whether at 44 Monmouth Street, in Covent…
  • Puppet Festival (r)Evolution 2013 Trailer

    Trish Short Lewis
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Trailer for the feature-length documentary of the Puppeteers of America 2013 National Puppetry Festival - Puppet Festival (r)Evolution in Swarthmore, PA. This documentary features puppet shows from every puppet company that performed and interviews from the artists.
  • Pollocks West End Live!

    Trish Short Lewis
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:59 pm
  • David Worobec: One-Man Show

    Trish Short Lewis
    21 May 2014 | 8:35 pm
    The hand of David Worobec enters from stage left at Tophat Toy Theater, –a DIY dinner-theater experience in a townhouse on Portland's West End– during a recent performance of "Les Miserables." Worobec - a one-man theater troupe - sang all the parts while simultaneously manipulating about 45 toy characters, running the lights and music cues, and changing sets that were designed by his mother, Polly Plimpton.David Worobec is a very talented young man. Only 25, he has created single-handedly a theater company, built the theater, created sets for several productions, designed them all, cast and…
  • Hari & Deepti: Paper Cut Lightboxes

    Trish Short Lewis
    6 May 2014 | 4:47 pm
    "The Protector", on the hunt...Paper dioramas.  Paper Cut Lightboxes.  Whatever you call them, the creations of Hari & Deepti are intricate, beautiful, and mesmerizing. They share:“Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium. It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it in to something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate. It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities.”"When the Dust Settles"You can…
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    The Theatrefolk Weblog

  • Taking Students to Competition

    Lindsay Price
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Taking Students to Competition How do you handle competition with your students? How do you circumvent the win, win, win mentality, especially if you don’t win? Teacher Gary Rodgers competes every year in his region and talks about his experiences. Show Notes Layers Lose Not Thy Head Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP – The Theatrefolk Podcast – the place to be for Drama teachers, Drama students, and theatre educators everywhere. I’m Lindsay Price, resident playwright for Theatrefolk. Hello, I hope you’re well. Thanks for listening. Welcome to Episode 112. You can find all the…
  • How to request a cut or change to a script

    Lindsay Price
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Neglect Quartet: How to request a cut or change The play runs too long. We’ll get disqualified. My administration won’t let us say the word “cigarette.” I have more girls auditioned than guys. In the professional world, changing the script is a big no-no. What the playwright puts on the page is what is supposed to end up on the stage. The length is the length. The genders stay the same. If a word puts someone off, don’t do the play. Certainly changes still happen without the playwright’s permission, but that’s another story. In the educational world, the spirit of that law…
  • Emotional Attachment

    Lindsay Price
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You can’t be emotional about a thing. That’s a common refrain. You can’t feel anything about an object or a building because they’re just things. They have no feelings. They can’t return or respond with any emotion you give them. Except for the fact that we have emotional attachments toward things all the time. Our childhood home. A seashell from our best vacation ever. A ring from Grandma before she died. Explore the concept of emotional attachment with this exercise. Start off with a class discussion about an object or a place that you yourself have an emotional attachment to. Ask…
  • Directing the Large Cast Middle School Play

    Lindsay Price
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Episode 111: Directing the Large Cast Middle School Play It’s one thing to want to put every middle schooler who auditions on stage. It’s another thing to pull off a successful production. How do you actually direct a large cast middle school play without feeling like a traffic cop? Show Notes The Pauper Princess Episode Transcript Welcome to TFP – The Theatrefolk Podcast – the place to be for Drama teachers, Drama students, and theatre educators everywhere. I’m Lindsay Price, resident playwright for Theatrefolk. Hello, I hope you’re well. Thanks for listening. Welcome to…
  • What does Public Domain Mean? A Guide for Drama Teachers

    Craig Mason
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    What does Public Domain Mean? A Guide for Drama Teachers I’m putting together a course for the Drama Teacher Academy and I wanted to share what I’ve learned about Public Domain material – particularly how it applies to Drama Teachers. Before I get started, I want to be clear that I’m not a lawyer and so please don’t take anything here as legal advice. This is a summary of what I’ve learned in my years as a publisher. Let’s answer the question in the headline first: What does “Public Domain” mean? A work that is “in the Public Domain” is a work that is completely free…
 
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    London Theatre Blog

  • “Oh, What a Circus” – The “Ballyhoo” of Evita Continues

    Dom O'Hanlon
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    This week one of my favourite musicals, Evita, returns to the West End. The show is somewhat of a guilty pleasure, but is one that even people who dislike Lloyd Webber can usually get on board with. I have always found the score to be his most exciting, driving and forthcoming, and teamed with Tim Rice’s lyrics, it purveys a …
  • Showcasing a new British musical – Feelgood Academy

    Bona Ruocco
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Faye Ellen as Amanda & Lynsey Simon as Bella Derrydown-Web. On Saturday, 13 September, I went to see a showcase performance of a brand new British musical called Feelgood Academy The Musical. A showcase is primarily aimed at producers and potential backers, or anyone else that can help a new show to move forward and become a success. The general …
  • Regent’s Park – An Open Air Theatrical Gem!

    Tom Millward
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    As this unexpectedly warm and sunny British summer (on the whole) comes to an end, so too, sadly, does the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2014 season. I have to say that it is one of my favourite London theatre venues and I always look forward to each season with optimistic anticipation. Obviously it is one of the most unique …
  • Samuel Beckett – Inspirational Guru?

    Alan Bird
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    In Britain, and now across the world, it is common to see a mug, tea towel, T-shirt etc., which proudly displays the inspirational message, “Keep Calm, and carry on.” Words taken from a poster created by the British government in 1939 which was intended to raise the moral of the British public following the declaration of war. The poster was …
  • Art Isn’t Easy

    Dom O'Hanlon
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    The London fringe has long been a hive of activity. Many of the best productions I have ever seen lay far away from the glittery lights of Shaftesbury Avenue and the West End – often in the most modest and unassuming of venues in zones of London which many rarely dare to tread. The sheer amount of Fringe theatre means …
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • And You May Lose Your Heart

    Scott Miller
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Why do we all know the names Bonnie and Clyde?Hype.Bonnie and Clyde weren't particularly good criminals. They made a lot of mistakes. They left a lot of robberies with nothing to show for it. They only rarely robbed banks; mostly, it was little mom-and-pop grocery stores (they sound less like Robin Hood now, don't they?), leaving jobs with as little as five or ten dollars.So how did these half-assed kid-criminals get to be as famous as Al Capone or John Dillinger, maybe even more famous? The media. There were two ways to be famous in America in the 1930s. You had to get in the papers or on…
  • These Are Things You Take a Chance For

    Scott Miller
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    I had a really cool phone conversation yesterday.Most of my theatre friends' heroes are actors. Most of mine are writers and directors. And there's nothing cooler for me than to talk with the writer(s) of a show we're working on. There are always insights and subtleties that I can get from the writers, which may not be immediately obvious to me otherwise.I've had very cool email correspondence and/or phone conversations with the writers of High Fidelity, Hands on a Hardbody, Next to Normal, Passing Strange, The Wild Party, Hair, Songs for a New World, Bat Boy, Urinetown, Floyd Collins, The…
  • I Got Some Moves That I'd Love to Show Ya

    Scott Miller
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    We've finished blocking Bonnie & Clyde.Woo-hooooo!This was a hard show to figure out, particularly since we're going in a somewhat different direction from the original Broadway production.I've developed a really nice system for myself over the years, when it comes to blocking. I'm not someone who likes working under pressure or deadlines. I remember freshman year in college, doing an all-nighter to finish a paper the night before I came home for Christmas break. And I hated how it made me feel! I decided then and there that I would never do an all-nighter again, and in order to keep…
  • Jesse James Had Much More Fun

    Scott Miller
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:24 pm
    There are several songs in Bonnie & Clyde that I think should be handled substantially different from the original Broadway production, as much as I did love it. I've already blogged about "Dyin' Ain't So Bad" and the different direction I want to take that in. The other song I've somewhat rethought is "What Was Good Enough for You."In this number, first Clyde and then Bonnie tell their parents that they really don't want to end up like them. I love you too, son. In the context of this story, in the middle of the Dust Bowl, in the midst of the Depression, this is really a cruel…
  • When I Drive

    Scott Miller
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    This is a weird time in our process for me.We've blocked all of Act I, and I've got a good start in figuring out Act II, having already solved several of the tougher spots.But what's hard for me right now is that I don't have any real feedback on my work, and I won't get any for a while. We're taking the show is a fairly different direction (at least, in its staging), so I have nothing to measure my ideas against. I've done a lot of very expressionistic staging, and I think I'm on the right path, but most of it is the kind of staging that won't really look right until it's under lights, on a…
 
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    TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE

  • This Is How It Looks Inside His Head

    Mark Blankenship
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Behind the lyrical design of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time — There could, of course, be a very literal production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. As our teenage hero, Christopher Boone, investigates the death of a neighbor’s dog, he could certainly inhabit a realistic world. As more » The post This Is How It Looks Inside His Head appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • Three Different Films in One Big Dance

    Susan Reiter
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    For its latest wild opus, Big Dance Theater goes to the movies — It sounds like the line-up for an especially eclectic film festival: Terms of Endearment, Dr. Zhivago, and the 1961 French thriller Le Cercle Rouge. Instead, those movies are the basis of Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature,, the latest adventure in more » The post Three Different Films in One Big Dance appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • An Actor Channels His Inner Journalist to Play a Marine

    Mark Blankenship
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Jonny Orsini’s passionate preparation for his latest role — “I wanted to become a journalist before I became an actor,” says Jonny Orsini. “I think I approach roles the way a journalist approaches stories.” That means he does a serious amount of research for every part he plays. Take his work in Almost Home, a more » The post An Actor Channels His Inner Journalist to Play a Marine appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • The Secret to Surviving a Terrible Family

    Kenneth Jones
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    Eric Lange adds texture to Broadway’s The Country House — Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles The ghost of Konstantin, the tortured young playwright whose diva mother withholds her love in Chekhov’s The Seagull, seems to haunt Donald Margulies’ The Country House, now on Broadway from more » The post The Secret to Surviving a Terrible Family appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • A Deceased Disco Diva Sings Again

    Raven Snook
    24 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sylvester’s incredible life story becomes an Off-Broadway musical — Sylvester is one of history’s most fabulous pop stars. Back in the ’70s, the flamboyant diva scored with disco hits like “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” and “Do Ya Wanna Funk,” belting out songs in a powerful falsetto and blithely defying gender roles. (When Joan more » The post A Deceased Disco Diva Sings Again appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
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    Encore Atlanta

  • Galloping ghosts! Headless Horseman rides again at Serenbe

    Kathy Janich
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
      The Horseman rides again when Serenbe Playhouse reprises its ghoulish fall production of The Sleepy Hollow Experience, a big hit with the haunted crowd in its inaugural season. Join the spirits at Serenbe Stables for this classic spooky story featuring the awkward schoolteacher Ichabod Crane, the coquettish Katrina, and Ichabod’s brutish rival, Brom Bones. In [...]
  • Weekend’s best bets: Sept. 25

    Kathy Janich
    25 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Topping our list: the world premiere of "Lasso of Truth" at the new Synchronicity Theatre, the decidedly grown-up "Detroit" at Horizon Theatre, Daisy and Hoke at Aurora Theatre, Out of Hand's "White Rabbit Red Rabbit" and CORE Performance Company's free world premiere of "a home is a home is a home." Ready, set, go ... !
  • Famous ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come’ up next at Arís Theatre

    Kathy Janich
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
      Atlanta’s newish Arís Theatre celebrates the 50th anniversary of Brian Friel’s fairly famous comedy Philadelphia, Here I Come. It takes place the night before Gar O’Donnell is to leave Ireland for America, with dreams of Cadillacs, drive-ins, Coke floats and new girls. But his life flashes before him as he contemplates what he’ll miss — his [...]
  • Weekend’s best bets: Sept. 18

    Kathy Janich
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Our top two picks this weekend: A fine "Driving Miss Daisy" at Aurora Theatre and "Detroit," a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist, opening at Horizon Theatre. Let's all see a show!
  • Passion, power collide in steamy ‘Liaisons’ at Actor’s Express

    Kathy Janich
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
      Two rivals and ex-lovers play a dangerous game of sexual conquest in pre-revolutionary France in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, based on a scandalous 1782 novel and later adapted for Broadway and as an Oscar-winning movie. This slow burn of carnal scheming leaves damaged, innocent hearts in its wake. The high drama opens the season at Actor’s Express, which had, [...]
 
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    Lois Backstage

  • If it’s Factory Theatre vs. the Toronto theatre critics, we are all going to lose

    Lois
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:43 pm
    It started this morning with a tweet from Globe and Mail theatre critic Kelly Nestruck: If you click on that image it will take you to the majority of the online, public, conversation (though there have been a number of side conversations about it on twitter throughout the day and I’m sure many more conversations held in private). The gist of the issue is thus: For the upcoming show at Factory, The Art of Building a Bunker, the producers are hosting an opening night five days (three performances) in advance of the date that the media are invited to. Aislinn Rose, one of the producers…
  • Five Shows to See in the Final Fringe Weekend

    Lois
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The final weekend of the Vancouver Fringe Festival is very nearly upon us! With 91 shows in the festival this year, I know it can be overwhelming to try to decide what to pick – especially in the final weekend when sellouts abound. Here are five shows I recommend snapping up advance tickets to before you head down to Granville Island for the weekend. In no particular order: Nancy Kenny in Roller Derby Saved my Soul 1. Roller Derby Saved My Soul – A coming-of-age story, but not in the high school sense. As Amy enters her 30’s she discovers what it means to be her own woman…
  • The Chariot Cities at the Vancouver Fringe

    Lois
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    It’s one of my favourite times of the year – Vancouver Fringe Festival season! I love seeing shows at the Fringe – one year I think I saw 45 or 50 of them – it’s crazy! Tonight I’m doing a five show night. ON A MONDAY. This is the amazing thing about Fringe season. I’ve worked for the festival on and off for the past four years – most recently as the off-season marketing assistant this winter/spring – but this year I’m the most actively involved as an artist that I’ve ever been. Yes, I’ve had shows in the festival before,…
  • Bright Spots: PTC’s Test Kitchen

    Lois
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I’ve previously blogged about PL1422 and how much I love rehearsing in that space. This past year a number of my rehearsals have been in the newest space in town – Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC)’s Test Kitchen and I have also fallen in love with that space for some of the same reasons I love PL1422. I sat down with PTC’s Artistic Director Heidi Taylor to talk about their new space and what they see happening with it in the future. The Test Kitchen When PTC was trying to come up with a name for their new rehearsal space last fall, inspiration wasn’t far away. “Prior to our…
  • Espresso – Final Week!

    Lois
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:28 pm
    I did not see Espresso when it took to the Pacific Theatre stage 10 years ago. I was new to the lower mainland, having just begun my education at Trinity Western University and was not yet involved in theatre. When I joined the theatre program a year later, everyone was still talking about the show, and really liked to tell me what an amazing show I had missed. We read the play during Canadian Drama in my final year and I’m pretty sure I failed the quiz on it. But I fell in love with the words. With Lucia (Playwright & Actress), Sarah (Director) and Rob (Actor) on opening night. For…
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • The Wizard of Oz Lands Again at Center for Puppetry Arts

    Admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Frisch Marionettes jazzes up this classic American novel WHAT:            The Wizard of Oz by Frisch Marionettes of Cincinnati, OH Back by popular demand after a sold-out first run at the Center! The Wizard of Oz is an American fairy tale! Frisch Marionettes’ adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel celebrates our nation’s rich ...
  • Extra! Extra! Atlanta’s Premiere of Disney’s Newsies Heased to the Fox Theatre

    Admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Tickets for Disney’s NEWSIES Atlanta Premiere On Sale October 19 Disney Theatrical Productions and Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta announced today that tickets for the highly anticipated Atlanta engagement of Disney’s NEWSIES will go on sale to the public on Sunday, October 19 at 10 a.m. The Tony® Award-winning production will begin performances at ...
  • Theater Bits – Casting Changes for Steel Magnolias

    Admin
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Beth Broderick will make her Alliance Theatre debut as M’Lynn, replacing Annie Potts, who has had to withdraw from the role for health considerations The Alliance Theatre is pleased to welcome Beth Broderick (Theatre: The Mousetrap, TV: Under the Dome, Lost, & Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) to the all-star cast of Steel Magnolias.  Playing the ...
  • Rehearsals Underway for the Alliance Theatre’s Production of Steel Magnolias

    Admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Rehearsals kicked off last week at the Alliance Theatre for its upcoming production of Robert Harling’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS.  The quintessential story of family and friendship, this moving Southern classic tells the story of six complex women sharing life’s ups and downs in the safe-haven created in a home beauty salon. The STEEL MAGNOLIAS creative team is led by Director Judith ...
  • 2014 Christmas Canteen Spreads Holiday Cheer, Nov. 20 to Dec. 21

    Admin
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Grab the Eggnog and prepare to sing along to festive tunes as Aurora Theatre invites audiences to experience its original holiday variety show Christmas Canteen 2014, November 20-December 21. As part of the theatre’s Peach State Federal Credit Union Signature Series, this annual holiday musical revue lights ...
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 138 Animals Onstage

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Or, how to keep your theatre from going to the dogs Sooner or later, your theatre will come upon a play that you want to produce, but it requires an animal, or even animals onstage for some scenes.... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 137 Richard Engling, Chicago Playwright

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Chicago playwright Richard Engling remembers friend Fern Chertkow with the Afterlife Trilogy Playwright talks with the Geeks about his friend, his play and his process. Chicago Playwright Richard... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 136 Kids in Hollywood: getting an agent and more

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Susan Whitby joins us again to talk more about her adventure helping daughters Maddie and Audrey launch their careers on TV and radio in Hollywood. Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks -... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 135 When your kids want to become professional actors

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Midwest mom Susan Whitby tells you what to expect when your children want to take the show business plunge Susan Whitby (center) with daughters Maddy Whitby (left) and Audrey Whitby. Susan Whitby... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 134 Getting your show shut down — how to avoid it

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    There are some rules about play production — breaking them can result in getting your show shut down. Our friend and entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark recently published this blog post on... More info at theatregeeks.com
 
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • What Happened to Demetrius' Far-Off Mountains?

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    A mystery! For reasons that I'll be able to go into at a later date, I'm eyeballs deep in some Shakespearean word origin research.  Currently looking into "far-off," and while my initial sources pointed to Henry VI Part 2, I double checked OED and found them pointing to Midsummer Night's Dream. So I always go back and see why I might have missed a reference.  I'm not counting the fact that OED Second Edition seems to date MSND at 1590, by the way, which is apparently odd - everybody else has it 1595-96.Anyway, OED cites this line from Demetrius (IV.i):"These things seem small and…
  • Attention to Detail in "Shakespeare in Love"

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    I have in my hand the published screenplay for Shakespeare in Love.  My mom finds these things for me at her weekend yard sales - if it says Shakespeare on it she grabs it first and asks questions later :).So I'm reading random pages and I notice in one particular scene that James Hemmings has a line.  "Hmmm," I think, "Hemmings of Hemmings  (Heminges) and Condell? The First Folio guys? I thought that was John.." <goooooogle>It was John. And I can't find any references to him having a brother James.  But!  That got me thinking, isn't there a list of the…
  • Would You Call Demetrius A Villain?

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    Just something I was thinking about.  At the end of Midsummer Night's Dream, Demetrius is the only one still under the effects of Oberon's love potion, and everybody seems ok with it. I'm thinking, is that because we're supposed to think of him as the villain?  That he somehow got what was coming to him and that everything worked out for the good guys, so screw him?  Got a little bit of a Shylock feel to it, really.  The light version.
  • As You Like It, by Rebel Shakespeare

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    I love it when I get to talk about Rebel Shakespeare. For almost 25 years Keri Ellis Cahill has been teaching generations of children of all ages how to understand, love and appreciate Shakespeare. The first time I wandered out to their home on Winter Island (Salem, Massachusetts) and heard kids shouting "Thank you, Shakespeare!" into the universe, so loud it echoed back at them, I was hooked.Unfortunately the Rebels are over an hour away from me, which makes it difficult to see their shows. That is, until I made arrangements with my local library to bring the Rebels to us!  Ever since,…
  • And The Most Influential Book For The Facebook Generation Is....

    10 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Harry Potter.So says this Facebook research project that asked users to list, in their Facebook status, "10 books that have stayed with you in some way."First of all I think we need to get our terms straight. The Mashable article I'm linking to says "influential" books.  The request was "books that have stayed with you." That's not even remotely the same thing. I can sing you the rubber ducky song from Sesame Street but I'm not sure how much you could say it influenced my life. Likewise you are influenced by many different events in your life, without being able to recall them…
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    Theatre People

  • Your Guide To West End Family Shows For October Half Term

    Glenn Rice
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    Dark, chilly evenings and romantic rambles by the riverside. Miniature ghosts and witches on your doorstep, marshmallows, bonfires, jack-o-lanterns and the last pit-stop before Christmas. read more
  • Billy Elliot Screened To Worldwide Cinema Audiences

    TheatrePeople.com Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    Billy Elliot The Musical was screened live from London's Victoria Palace Theatre last Sunday, in a very special one-off performance that went out to cinemas across eight countries, including 554 across the UK and Ireland. read more
  • Watch The New Trailer For Kinks Musical Sunny Afternoon

    TheatrePeople.com Staff
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Sunny Afternoon, the sparkling new musical that charts the rise to fame (and infamy) in the Sixties of legendary British band The Kinks, begins performances at the West End's Harold Pinter Theatre on 4 October.  read more
  • Show of the Month - Evita tes

    cmacaulay
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Show of the month: October read more
  • Nicole Scherzinger To Star In Cats At London Palladium

    TheatrePeople.com Staff
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:27 am
    After months  of rumours it’s been confirmed that X-Factor star and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger is to star in the forthcoming West End return of Cats at the London Palladium, which has reunited the show’s original creative team of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne. read more
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    Blowout Theatre Company

  • The Dark Nights

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    During the run of In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm, we’ll be hosting several other exciting events! All events take place at IRT Theater (154 Christopher St) Sept 23, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part I Sept 28, 8:30 pm  Singles in Agriculture Sept 30, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part II Oct 3, 10:30 pm  The Fainting Room: A Place for Sexy Good Times Oct 4, 4:00 pm Song to the Moon Oct 5, 6:00 pm  The BE A MAN Book Launch ExtravaMANza Oct 5, 8:00 pm The Boat House Oct 7, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part III Oct 12, 8:00 pm Ten Ways on a Gun The President Plays Tuesday,…
  • Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    September 5 and 6, 7:30 pm, at the Gowanus Arts Building Blowout Theatre was invited to participate in Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase! Blowout created two original works by two of New York City’s best emerging playwrights. Peter Andre‘s new short, Some People Never Change, will be directed by returning Blowout company member Eli Thacker Taylor. Joining BTC for the first time was NYC director/producer Blayze Teicher, directing a new piece by David Henry Haan, Invasive Species. Some People Never Change Invasive Species Some People Never Change Peter Andre,…
  • Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase

    admin
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    September 5 and 6, 7:30 pm, at the Gowanus Arts Building Blowout Theatre was invited to participate in Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase! Blowout created two original works by two of New York City’s best emerging playwrights. Peter Andre‘s new short, Some People Never Change, will be directed by returning Blowout company member Eli Thacker Taylor. Joining BTC for the first time was NYC director/producer Blayze Teicher, directing a new piece by David Henry Haan, Invasive Species. Some People Never Change Invasive Species Some People Never Change Peter Andre,…
  • Call for Talent

    admin
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Technical Director Needed! World Premiere of In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm seeks TD/Master Carp ASAP. Production will take place at IRT: load in/build on Tuesday, Sept 16th, preview Friday, Sept 19, open Saturday, Sept 20, and close on Saturday, October 11th. TD is responsible for running the build and handling tech notes. Stipend: $100 Please contact: Kerry Kastin kerry@blowouttheatre.com 703-967-0832   At this time, Blowout Theatre has no scheduled auditions.
  • Call for Stage Manager! (8/5/14-10/13/14)

    admin
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Stage Manager needed for the world premiere of a new play by Jona Tarlin. Great opportunity to work with strong, emerging leaders in the NYC indie theatre community. Rehearsals for In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm will be five days a week and the production will be submitted as an AEA Showcase. The stage manager can be union or non union. Please submit resumes and at least two references to Kerry Kastin, Artistic Director, by Sunday August 3rd. Job Dates: 08/05/2014 – 10/13/2014 Stipend: $250 flat rate
 
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    Acting in London

  • Top Drama Schools in London

    Tom London
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    This year, we’ve updated the list of top drama schools in London with a few more institutions that deserved to be mentioned. Actors that can manage to audition successfully and secure a place to train in any of the drama schools from the list below will gain a strong acting foundation and potentially kickstart their career in the industry.  Top Drama Schools in London RADA: Royal Academy of Dramatic ArtThe Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) drama school was established in 1904, and has since been known as one of the most prestigious top drama schools in London and the world. It…
  • This Is What You Will NOT Learn in Drama Schools

    Paul
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:06 am
    We receive questions from a lot of budding actors looking to go to a drama school, or who have already graduated from one. Most of these inquiries are related to one and the same issue: a misconception of what the real world of acting (also known as the entertainment industry) is all about. What I conclude from this is that although drama schools can make you a better actor without a doubt, they still appear to fail to teach young thespians on the harsh realities of what it’s like to work in the show business. Here are just a few things that you will not learn in today’s drama…
  • 43 Actors That Became Famous Later in Their Lives

    Tom London
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Wondering if you’re too old to become an actor? If it’s too late to achieve the level of success current A-listers have? Or possibly you’ve been acting long enough already and it troubles you that your career is still not where it should be? This will calm you down (a little). The old and tired saying still applies: acting is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and the below list proves this cliche. These currently famous actors received the recognition they deserve a lot later in their lives, and most of them will tell you that there are no regrets. The point to take…
  • Acting in London vs Los Angeles

    Paul
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    My acting journey began in the UK, and then I started moving around a little. As I’m writing this, warm California’s sun is making my laptop screen pretty unreadable. I might be moving back to London soon. There are pros and cons to working in either London or Los Angeles, but it all depends on your goals and preferences. Sometimes, we have to follow a path that doesn’t necessarily reflect our desires but reinforces our career progress. I’m not going to make it a list of “which one’s better,” since both cities are amazing, very different and I…
  • Understanding Acting Auditions

    Paul
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Photo by William Ward Acting is very different from 99% of jobs out there. Understanding acting auditions and mastering the process is an art form in itself. As aspiring performers, we spend most of our days hitting the pavement on the way from one audition to another (if we’re lucky), and doing very little actual work (if we’re even luckier to get it). Auditions become our job. And with auditions being such an imperative part of an actor’s career, it’s vital to approach it in a right frame of mind. Many creative thespians often lose themselves in the vast…
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Controversy-Free Met Opera News

    Your Performance Partners
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Maybe it’s the art form of opera that attracts controversy? The Metropolitan Opera grabbed the media spotlight in recent months, first with rancorous labor-management negotiations and recently with uproar about upcoming performances of “The Death of Klinghoffer” – decried by some Jewish groups for endorsing terrorism. We’re glad the union agreements were reached, so opera lovers in New York City – and around the world via the Met’s “Live in HD” outreach – can enjoy the shows. This week we’ll explore several interesting, controversy-free Met stories: What’s a Field…
  • Two Rigging Standards Available for Public Review

    Your Performance Partners
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Are you familiar with the current standards for the installation and safe operation of fire safety curtains? For that matter, are you aware that there are documented standards for fire curtains—and for many other kinds of stage equipment? PLASA, the international trade association for entertainment technology professionals, brings together the top minds in the industry to develop standards for theatre equipment and procedures. Its Technical Standards Program—accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)—promotes safe working conditions at every level of production. You…
  • Q&A Spotlight: “Big Data” Helping the Arts

    Your Performance Partners
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Roland J. Kushner Interview with Roland J. Kushner, Ph.D., Economist, Arts Researcher and Musician YPP: Why was the Local Arts Index developed? Kushner: Americans for the Arts had vast experience with overall measurements in creating our National Arts Index: we’ve tracked more than 80 national-level indicators going back to 1998. The Local Index maps data onto specific communities as much as possible, down to the county level. Americans for the Arts Vice President Randy Cohen and I developed this along with Martin Cohen from the Cultural Planning Group. YPP: Where does local data come from?
  • Audience Etiquette: Leavers & Latecomers

    Your Performance Partners
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Controversial aspects of audience behavior – expressing dissatisfaction by walking out early and disrupting performances by arriving late – were recently highlighted in two lengthy articles in The New York Times. Voting with Feet. “Walk-outs” vote with their feet and skip the rest of the movie, concert, ballet, etc., for a variety of reasons. A question about their motivation posted on the paper’s Facebook page received nearly 500 responses, evoking common themes. For movies, excessive violence was a frequent complaint. For live performances, the quality of the presentation factored…
  • Pay Comparisons: Music Careers & Pro Athletes

    Your Performance Partners
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    The topic of “pay transparency” is making business headlines recently, with more companies deciding to openly share what each employee is paid rather than banning such discussions. Our bare-and-share-it-all social media culture is credited with encouraging openness, facilitated by wage-comparison websites like Payscale.com and Glassdoor.com. The income of star athletes is already publicized and ranked, along with their performance statistics compiled for fantasy leagues. But what about careers in the performing arts? This Labor Day week we’ll riff on salary comparisons between a variety…
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 138 Animals Onstage

    Dave Dufour
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Or, how to keep your theatre from going to the dogs Sooner or later, your theatre will come upon a play that you want to produce, but it requires an animal, or even animals onstage for some scenes. Bell, Book and Candle‘s Pyewacket, Annie‘s Sandy and of course, The Wizard of Oz‘ Toto, are three that spring to mind. While these animals are essential, they also pose some special issues for actors and directors. While the goal is to get the best performance possible from an animal actor, the safety and well-being of the animal as well as cast members . . . → Read More:…
  • 137 Richard Engling, Chicago Playwright

    Dave Dufour
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Chicago playwright Richard Engling remembers friend Fern Chertkow with the Afterlife Trilogy Playwright talks with the Geeks about his friend, his play and his process. Chicago Playwright Richard Engling It has been almost 30 years since award-winning author Fern Chertkow ended her own life, but her legacy lives on through the Afterlife Trilogy, a unique undertaking that fuses her writing with the work of novelist, playwright Richard Engling and his creative team at Chicago’s Polarity Ensemble Theatre. Paying tribute to the late author, the trilogy combines two novels – “Visions of…
  • 136 Kids in Hollywood: getting an agent and more

    Dave Dufour
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Susan Whitby joins us again to talk more about her adventure helping daughters Maddie and Audrey launch their careers on TV and radio in Hollywood. Music provided by Music Alley Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 135 When your kids want to become professional actors

    Dave Dufour
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Midwest mom Susan Whitby tells you what to expect when your children want to take the show business plunge Susan Whitby (center) with daughters Maddy Whitby (left) and Audrey Whitby. Susan Whitby joined us for the first of two episodes to talk about her daughters, Audrey and Maddie, who, after starting out in community theatre in Indiana, have moved on, with her help and five years in Los Angeles, to become successful on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and more in Hollywood. But it wasn’t easy and there were no guarantees. Susan shares what she learned along the way and . . . →…
  • 134 Getting your show shut down — how to avoid it

    Dave Dufour
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    There are some rules about play production — breaking them can result in getting your show shut down. Our friend and entertainment lawyer Gordon Firemark recently published this blog post on how producers can make sure they don’t get their show shut down. Gordon’s insights sparked a conversation between the Geeks. Authors and play publishers set down a lot of rules about how you’re supposed to produce their plays. Rules can be both artistic and pertain to the marketing of your production, and you ignore them at your company’s peril. And while most requirements…
 
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