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  • ArtsBeat: Anonymous Donors Keep ‘The Fantasticks’ Open

    NYT > Theater
    MICHAEL PAULSON
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    The producers of the long-running Off-Broadway staple had announced last month that they would close the show in early May.
  • Watch Video: Avenue Q Pokes Fun at Lion King in Easter Bonnet Competition

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    Robert Viagas
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    The 29th Annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition raised a new all-time record $4,711,386 in six weeks of nightly curtain-call appeals. That total eclipsed the $4.53 million previous record set one year ago. The number was revealed at the April 21 performance of skits, songs, dances and giant hats that make up the unique fundraiser-show, at the Minskoff Theatre.
  • Review: Nirbhaya

    TheaterMania.com
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    An important new play sheds light on the pervasiveness of sexual abuse in South Asia and across the world.
  • Review: ‘Yokohama Rosa,’ With Michiko Godai, at Japan Society

    NYT > Theater
    ALEXIS SOLOSKI
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:31 pm
    A homeless Japanese woman inspired Ms. Godai’s performance in this play.
  • Off-Broadway play 'The Fantasticks' offered a lifeline

    Theater News
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    The off-Broadway phenomenon "The Fantasticks" won't be closing next month after all - thanks to a pair of fantastic fans. Two donors have stepped up and pledged to keep the stalwart, low-tech show open, producer Catherine Russell said Saturday.
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    Playbill.com : News

  • Watch Video: Avenue Q Pokes Fun at Lion King in Easter Bonnet Competition

    Robert Viagas
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:36 am
    The 29th Annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition raised a new all-time record $4,711,386 in six weeks of nightly curtain-call appeals. That total eclipsed the $4.53 million previous record set one year ago. The number was revealed at the April 21 performance of skits, songs, dances and giant hats that make up the unique fundraiser-show, at the Minskoff Theatre.
  • Kristin Chenoweth Will Not Board Twentieth Century April 26

    Andrew Gans and Michael Gioia
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will be out of the Sunday, April 26 at 2 PM matinee of On the Twentieth Century due to illness, a show spokesperson confirmed to Playbill.com.
  • How Many Have You Worn? 10 of Broadway’s Most Iconic Costumes

    Anika Chapin
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    You can't have a Broadway show without costumes (and why would you ever want to?). Whether sparkly or simple, historical or contemporary or realistic or fantastical, costumes are a vital part of defining the look of a show and the storytelling of a character.
  • Playbill Poll: Who Should Host the 2015 Tony Awards?

    Olivia Clement
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's an exciting time of year for New York theatre lovers — awards season! One question everyone on or off Broadway is asking is who will host the 2015 Tony Awards. We took to social media to see which Broadway star Playbill.com readers thought should host the 69th Annual Awards ceremony. 
  • Anne Hathaway and Julie Taymor Collaboration, Grounded, Opens Tonight

    Olivia Clement
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Grounded, George Brant's new Off-Broadway solo play starring Academy Award-winning "Les Misérables" star Anne Hathaway with direction by Academy Award nominee and two-time Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, officially opens Off-Broadway April 26, following previews that began April 7.
 
 
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    Theater News

  • Off-Broadway play 'The Fantasticks' offered a lifeline

    25 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    The off-Broadway phenomenon "The Fantasticks" won't be closing next month after all - thanks to a pair of fantastic fans. Two donors have stepped up and pledged to keep the stalwart, low-tech show open, producer Catherine Russell said Saturday.
  • Broadway legend Chita Rivera makes triumphant return in 'The Visit'

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    Nearly 60 years after she won fame in "West Side Story," actress, dancer and singer Chita Rivera is back on Broadway as a very wealthy widow seeking revenge in "The Visit." The one-act musical about greed, love and retribution opened on Thursday night at the Lyceum Theater, following its debut in Chicago in 2001 and a run last summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts.
  • Accountability Theater: Nobody Got Fired Over the VA Scandal

    25 Apr 2015 | 4:08 am
    The Obama Administration and its new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, loudly claimed that sixty people lost their jobs over the Secret Death List scandal. According to the New York Times , the actual number is: zero.
  • #NPRreads: Rube Goldberg Machine's Dark Origins And Spalding Gray's Last Days

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:56 pm
    The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag , and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.
  • Nicole Kidman returning to London theater

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:41 pm
    The play, by Anna Ziegler, tells the story of Franklin, whose use of X-ray diffraction images led to the discovery of DNA's double helix structure in 1953. Academy Award winner Kidman debuted on the British stage in the 1998 David Hare play "The Blue Room" at London's Donmar Warehouse in a critically-acclaimed performance, described in one review as "pure theatrical viagra".
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    Backstage.com News

  • 6 Chances of Get Cast

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:07 pm
    If you haven’t had time to peruse our casting notices this week, we did some leg work for you! Here are six projects, including film, commercials, and television, that could be a perfect fit! “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS”The creative team for this nonunion production of “Little Shop of Horrors” is casting multiple roles out of Simi Valley, Calif. Auditions are May 20 and 21 in Simi Valley with rehearsals beginning June 6. The show will run June 25–Aug. 30. NO TEXTING AND DRIVING PSATwo leads and a supporting role are being cast for a short PSA about the dangers…
  • Get Instant, Personalized Career Advice with Backstage Reel Feedback!

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    With the rise of self-taped submissions and the prevalence of new media, it’s easier than ever to make an impression on casting directors from wherever you are—competing in a major acting market or anywhere in the world. What can be far more difficult—if not impossible—is getting comprehensive, personalized feedback from the casting community that will help you take your digital submissions to the next level.  Backstage and Backstage University are responding to this demand with Backstage Reel Feedback, a new opportunity for actors across the country. Sign up for…
  • Now Casting ‘Saving Love’ and Upcoming Auditions

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:57 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the film “Saving Love.” “Saving Love” is a feature film by an Emmy-nominated actor, and is casting 18 roles. Submissions are being sought from NYC and Washington, D.C. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Saving Love” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
  • SAG-AFTRA Board Approves Corporate-Educational Contract

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    The SAG-AFTRA national board of directors ratified a new contract covering public relations, sales promotion, and training films at the governing body’s two-day meeting, which wrapped April 19. The three-year Corporate/Educational and Non-Broadcast Contract was approved by 94.69 percent of the board. The agreement also covers audio content such as telephone messages and consumer products audio. The new contract calls for an immediate 3-percent increase to minimum compensation and a second 3-percent increase that would kick in Nov. 1, 2016. Additional employer contributions to the…
  • Nominees Announced for 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
    The Drama Desk Awards celebrated their 60th anniversary today with the announcement of the 2015 nominees. Recognizing outstanding work on, Off-, and Off-Off-Broadway, the awards are a significant step on the road to the Tonys. The 2014–15 Drama Desk nominating committee is comprised of chairperson Barbara Siegel, as well as Benjamin Coleman, Adrian Dimanlig, Steve Garrin, Mahayana Landowne, and Steve Marsh. Judith Light, who earned Drama Desk (and Tony) Awards for “Other Desert Cities” and “The Assembled Parties,” and Jessie Mueller, last year’s Drama Desk…
 
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    Backstage.com Interview

  • #IGotCast: Anna Walker

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    As any Skype user knows, live videoconferencing isn’t a foolproof means of communication. Faulty audio and visual can make for an especially stressful conversation if you’re auditioning for a movie. “I think everything that could have gone wrong technologically went wrong,” says actor Anna Walker of her recent audition for “Not Where I Want to Be.” After failing to get the camera working via Skype, she and the film’s director and producers switched to Google Chat, where everything went smoothly. “My favorite part of the audition was getting to…
  • 9 Questions With...Kerry Butler

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Broadway’s own Kerry Butler has appeared in everything from “Hairspray” to “Rock of Ages,” and now brings her musical chops to Paul and Michael Hodge’s “Clinton the Musical,” currently playing at New World Stages. Tell us about “Clinton the Musical.”Well, it’s satire and I think it’s hilarious. The show is very even-handed; it talks about the circus that went on around the Clintons, and how people are imperfect and we have to accept that about them. What have you learned about yourself while playing Hillary?I’ve…
  • What Kept ‘Orphan Black’ Actor Ari Millen From Being Killed Off

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Warning: This article contains spoilers! In Season 2 of “Orphan Black,” Gracie (Zoe de Grand’Maison) is locked up by her religious fanatic Prolethean mother, her mouth stitched closed. Mark, played by Ari Millen, approaches with a glass of milk and a straw. “Ari played this kind of strange little shoddy thing with her, and it really just shed this new light on the Mark character. And suddenly Mark was something I don’t think either Graeme [Manson] or I expected,” says show co-creator John Fawcett. “I was, like, I think this guy’s really…
  • Houston’s Jonathan Caouette Returns to His Roots for His Next Film

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    Native Houstonian Jonathan Caouette earned his indie cred at Cannes with his first film, “Tarnation,” a 2003 documentary cobbled from childhood photographs and Super 8 footage edited on his iMac. Now the actor/director is returning to his hometown to write his latest project, an “existential psychological thriller” that’s a departure from the personal exploration that won him fame. A personal connection is, however, behind Caouette's choice of location, as he deliberately chose Houston, the place where his creative expression and forays into filmmaking began.
  • Kathryn Hahn Gets Seriously Funny

    22 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Forty-five minutes into the official interview, the recorder sitting on the table abruptly deletes everything. Kathryn Hahn gasps. “I am so sorry that happened to you!” she whispers. Those 45 minutes had covered a lot of ground. There to talk about Showtime’s “Happyish,” premiering April 26, Hahn had already gingerly discussed the process of continuing with Steve Coogan on the series after the untimely death of the pilot’s original star, Philip Seymour Hoffman, in addition to her early days as a New York theater actor (during which she skipped her…
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    BroadwayWorld.com Featured Content

  • Photo Coverage: Inside the SOMETHING ROTTEN! Gypsy Robe Ceremony

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    The company of SOMETHING ROTTEN just celebrated the beloved Broadway tradition of the Gypsy Robe. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO's Joseph Medeiros bestowed the robe upon SOMETHING ROTTEN's Matt Wall, and BroadwayWorld was on the scene for the occasion. Check out photos from the ritual below
  • Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for April 27-May 3, Featuring Brian Gallagher, Megan Hilty, and More!

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars Well after Broadway orchestra's begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven- o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including Brian Gallagher 'All That's Ahead' Featuring Megan Hilty Marilyn Maye Her Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra One for My Baby The Harold Arlen Musical in Concert The Songs…
  • BWW TV Exclusive: Joshua Ellis Shares True Stories of a Broadway Press Agent in CALL MY PUBLICIST!

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The York Theatre Company James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director Andrew Levine, Executive Director, as part of its acclaimed Developmental Readings Series, presented CALL MY PUBLICIST - The Starry Education of a Broadway Press Agent, written and performed by Joshua Ellis. This premiere reading, directed by Gretchen Cryer was presented earlier this monthat The York Theatre Company.BroadwayWorld brings you exclusive highlights from the special night below
  • Photo Flash: George Takei Pays a Visit to Chita Rivera on Broadway

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    George Takei, who will soon be making his Broadway debut in 'Allegiance' next Fall took in Kander amp Ebb's new musical 'The Visit' and made a backstage visit to congratulate Chita Rivera after the show. The two shared a 'trekkie' moment in her dressing room. Tomorrow the cast goes into the recording studio to record the original cast album which will be out in June. Check out a photo of the two below
  • Photo Flash: SOMETHING ROTTEN! Cast Poses For Selfie at TODAY Performance

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:51 am
    Christian Borle and the cast of Broadway's SOMETHING ROTTEN stopped by Friday's TODAY to perform a medley of the numbers 'God I Hate Shakespeare' and 'Will Power' from the hit Broadway musical. Click here to watch the performance. Below, check out a cast selfie taken by James Michael Scott
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    Jane Fonda

  • A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF ME

    Jane
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    With Marsha Mason at the L.A. Theatre Works 40th anniversary gala This particular week began with rehearsals for a performance of a pivotal scene from the play, “Top Secret”, by Geoffrey Cowen about the Pentagon Papers. The cast included Stacy Keach and Holly Palance, Jack’s daughter. We were going to perform the scene at a fundraising gala celebrating the 40th anniversary of L.A. Theatre Works. ATW is a non-profit that gets well known actors to record classical and contemporary plays which are brought into schools, prisons and archived in libraries. At rehearsal (below)…
  • IN MEXICO CITY FOR GRACE & FRANKIE

    Jane
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:36 am
    L-R: Linda Cardellini (“Bloodline”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), Charlie Cox (“Marvel’s Daredevil”), Netflix’s VP of Original Content Cindy Holland, Jane Fonda (“Grace and Frankie”), Selenis Leyva (“Orange is the New Black”), Gaz Alazraki (director, “Club de Cuervos”), Miguel Angel Silvestre (“Sense8″). Photo Credit: Victor Chavez for Netflix. A bunch of stars from various Netflix series came to Mexico City to promote their shows. Mine, of course, is “Grace and Frankie” which streams on…
  • BACK IN THE SWIM OF ACTIVISM

    Jane
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Zachery Kimmel, 16 yrs, Angela Batuure, 19 yrs, Chloe Angyal, senior ed. Feministing Jessica Neuwirth, Gloria Steinem, Robin Morgan I love acting, don’t get me wrong, and I’m excited about my new Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie,” with Lily Tomlin. But sometimes, when a long time goes by and I haven’t been speaking out (or acting out) in the presence of other women and men, girls and boys, on issues we are collectively fighting for, I feel like I’m emptying out, shrinking up, and the problems of the world feel like they will engulf me. I read 2 newspapers…
  • LILY & JANE2 DO SUNDANCE

    Jane
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:29 pm
    We left Los Angeles Sunday January 25th for Park City and the 15th annual Sundance Film Festival. Hard as it is to believe, Lily had never been and I had never gone not to work but just to see films. It happened like this: Our friend, Pat Mitchell, who among her many titles became Chair of the Board of the Sundance Institute this year, invited Lily and me to be interviewed by her for the Women In Film brunch Monday morning. Lily’s new film, “Grandma,” was premiering on Friday at the close of the festival and I persuaded her to hang with me for the whole week to see films.
  • LIVING IN BOOTSTRAP AMERICA

    Jane
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    This is a book just out that I just finished reading and needed to blog about. I’ve read many books about people living at or below the poverty line, subsisting on tips or minimum wage when they had a job. I’ve never read one written by such a person and its author, Linda Tirado, is such a person and she is a very good writer who describes life on the economic margins with biting wit and a lot of insight. I am not a celebrity who lives a cloistered life. I’ve marched in picket lines and spoken at rallies alongside poor people. I’ve slept on the floors of many a working…
 
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    The Wicked Stage

  • The Way Is Clear, the Light Is Good, But It's Not Into the Woods

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:36 am
    My review of the Disney film of Into the Woods is in the current issue of The Sondheim Review, and the editors have graciously allowed me to publish it in full here; it should be said that the magazine has also published a more upbeat counterpoint by my colleague Robert Faires. You can order an issue here.“A thicket’s no trick./Is it thick?” one prince sings to another, in an inspired bit of fairy-tale shoptalk in the stage musical Into the Woods. His brother replies: “It’s the thickest.” The first prince delivers his advice matter-of-factly, as if from under the hood of a jalopy:…
  • Sweating Equity

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    The last thing I wrote about the controversy over L.A.’s Equity 99-Seat Plan, for American Theatre magazine, was more personal than the typical news report; I felt I couldn’t help but inject my own experience into a debate I’ve watched for most of my professional life. But now, after several more Facebook back-and-forths, private chats, and a thoughtful podcast with my friend Isaac Butler (which, based on the retweets and shares it’s gotten, is being perceived as more pro-Equity’s position than not), I feel the need to get even more personal about the possible end of the plan as…
  • American (and L.A.) Revolutions

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    The rest of 2015 will have a lot to live up to: In quick succession, I've already seen/written about/considered two of the best productions I'll probably see in years, let alone this calendar year. First was Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's great new musical--which today is apparently likely to announce a transfer to Broadway, though whether before the Tony deadline or after is anyone's guess (smart money seems to be on the former; I'm holding out hope for the latter, because I think the Public, and the public, deserves the rest of that Off-Broadway run). I chatted with Miranda and fellow…
  • The Afterlife of Theater

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Mercedes Reuhl and Bill Pullman in The Goat(photo by Sara Krulwich/NY Times)Bill Pullman said something really interesting in this interview--and it wasn't the fact that he's playing Othello in Norway (an odd, possibly troubling notion that got some intelligent pushback from at least one reader). It was instead this bracing, almost entirely counterintuitive statement about theater vs. film. I asked him about all the lucrative film and TV work he must be ducking to slip off to Norway and do a play, and he replied:This is so important to my life. I'll tell you, all the film and television…
  • Hamilton's New York Moment

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    From left, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. from the cast of “Hamilton.” CreditDamon Winter/The New York TimesOne of the most infectious sentiments in Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's great new musical about our country's founding fathers, is voiced by the women. The socialite Schuyler sisters, one of whom Alexander Hamilton actually married, the other of whom he loved at least as much as his wife, have a song about how lucky they feel to be living in New York City at the moment they are--that it's the most exciting place in the world to be…
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    Parabasis

  • The Equity Council Votes to Change The 99-Seat Plan

    Parabasis
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:23 pm
    By Isaac Butler Equity has alerted its membership that they are changing the 99-Seat Plan. Well, really, they're eliminating it, but the changes are not quite as drastic as the original proposal. Here are my takeaways from looking over the materials Equity's distributed: (1) Until May 13th, 2016, 99-seat plan theaters can use the "Los Angeles Transitional 99-Seat Plan" which is, essentially, identical to the current plan. (2) AEA has kept the new, expanded self-production exemption. SO long as you don't incorporate (or use a fiscal sponsor) you can produce a show using…
  • Better Call Saul and the Oldest Trick in the (Dramatic) Book

    Parabasis
    3 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    by Isaac Butler Better Call Saul, like its pre-or-is-it-post-decessor Breaking Bad is obsessed with the idea of character as destiny. Or, perhaps, destiny as character.  It regularly circles around the idea of whether people are capable of change, but richly complicates Breaking Bad’s view on this subject using the oldest of dramaturgical devices: dramatic irony.  Breaking Bad’s obsession with whether or not people are capable of change is a teasing one. As we never know what Walt was like prior to getting cancer, we don’t really know if he was simply a monster in hiding all…
  • Equity E-mails Its Members, Explains What a Union Is

    Parabasis
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    By Isaac Butler AEA took the rhetorical gloves off today, explaining why it was offensive to use civil rights era imagery as part of a protest against the union and giving people a refresher course on what a union is for. My guess is this only serves to further antagonize people who don't support the union's position (there is some public calls for the union to apologize for the letter, but I see nothing in here necessitating an apology), but part of me is just happy to see them stand up for themselves in the face of millionaire movie stars tacitly advocating for their most vulnerable…
  • Nothing But Net (A Quick Note on Measuring Theatre Size)

    Parabasis
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    By Isaac Butler Since my last post on this issue, folks have been pushing back about my use of gross income instead of net income for judging theater size. I initially thought my explanation within that post was good enough, but clearly there's still some confusion on this. So here is why I didn't use net income (and why you shouldn't either) to measure theatre size: (1) No one else in the industry measures theater size using net income.  It's a non-standard unit of measure. The two standard ways of measuring theater size when it comes to $$$ are Gross Income or…
  • Who Benefits from the 99-Seat Plan?

    Parabasis
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Isaac Butler   (For my non-theater readers, this post is gonna get into the weeds on a union contract issue in California. This might not be the post for you.)  Last week, my old friend and editor Rob Weinert-Kendt asked me to be a guest on TCG's "Offstage" podcast to talk about the upcoming fight over LA's 99-seat plan. You can listen to the full episode here. The episode uses as a jumping off point Rob's excellent meditation contrasting the abundance of riches of 99-seat plan theater in LA with the knowledge that the system isn't sustainable in its…
 
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • A straight-forward trip to the 'Forum'

    26 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    If you are a fan of the comedic lyricist's art — the provision of the perfect rhyme, the acknowledgment of alliterative pleasures, the coupling of deliciously contrasting notions, the matching of rhetorical form to musical function — then there is no better show to ponder than "A Funny Thing Happened...
  • Opera review: COT's 'Coffin' a moving star vehicle for von Stade

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Few opera greats of a certain age have been privileged to be granted quite the career coda Frederica von Stade has been enjoying in recent years. The beloved American mezzo-soprano was coaxed out of semi-retirement again last year to assume center stage in "A Coffin in Egypt," a one-act chamber...
  • Jeff Awards disqualify The Hypocrites and release new nominations

    25 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee said on Saturday that it had disqualified The Hypocrites from its 2014-15 non-Equity awards, due to its discovery of the theater's status as a Equity company operating under a low-level "Tier N" agreement. 
  • Why 'I love you more than Netflix'

    25 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    At the Second City e.t.c. comedy show the other night, I was pulled up short. The moment was a sequence of sketches all dealing with our addiction to technology. After watching someone play a needy iPhone that refused to shut down, and then witnessing the wail of a New Orleans-style funeral for...
  • Chicago Children's Theatre announces 2015-16 season

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Chicago Children’s Theatre announced its full 2015-16 season on Friday. The lineup, among six other productions, features a new play from the writer Nambi E. Kelley.
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    Penny Plain, Twopence Coloured

  • Zach Dorn: Ordinary is Extraordinary

    Trish Short Lewis
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Tonight only, artist Zach Dorn deploys his Toy Theater show — 21st Century style — at Studio@620. In his An Excruciatingly Ordinary Toy Theater Show, a recent grant recipient from the Jim Henson Foundation, Dorn moves digital cameras through toy-sized streets peopled with paper puppets, all to dramatize tales about a lonely puppeteer stalking the child of notorious celebrities, a ghost who bugs a little boy, and an opera-singing landlord who refuses to return a security deposit. Dorn describes his tiny productions this way:  "Miniature Curiosa explores the underbelly of childhood…
  • David Lewis Worobec Documentary

    Trish Short Lewis
    10 Mar 2015 | 12:59 am
    David Worobec's Enchanted World from Narratively on Vimeo.Recently the amazing David Lewis Worobec was the subject of a short documentary.  For those of us who follow David from afar, it was the closest we've had yet to the "next best thing" to actually being there...Earlier this year, David and his mother Polly were featured in a story on Maine Public Broadcasting...
  • Rare Play Performance - First Time Since 1854

    Trish Short Lewis
    7 Mar 2015 | 6:09 pm
    An exciting event for all toy theatre lovers! This coming Friday, March 13th at the British Museum...Come to the exhibition Bonaparte and the British in Room 90 to see Regency-era toy theatre productions of The Battle of Waterloo (1824) and Bonaparte’s Invasion of Russia (1825). The origins of the English toy theatre date back to 1811 when William West published the 'first cheap theatrical print'. West’s versions of these plays, based on Astley’s Amphitheatre, have been unavailable and unperformed since West’s death in 1854, until now.For more details, check here...
  • Benjamin Pollock's Grave

    Trish Short Lewis
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    "...The popularity of the toy theatre declined and by 1937, when Mr. Pollock died, the shop and the Pollock family were struggling to pay their way.The Chingford Historical Society believes this is why he was buried in a common grave with no memorial stone." - The Chingford GuardianWhen I read that this week, I thought, "This is a great shame and should be rectified..."To that end, the Facebook toy theatre group has started a crowd-funding project to raise the necessary funds to buy a modest stone to mark Benjamin Pollock's grave.  Long overdue, Pollock1 was one of the giants of toy…
  • Stop-Motion Noir!

    Trish Short Lewis
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:21 pm
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    The Theatrefolk Blog

  • Playwriting Exercise: Hurdling the First Line

    Lindsay Price
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sometimes the hardest part in getting started is coming up with that first line. Turning a blank page into writing. It’s always going to be easier to turn away from a blank page than to commit to words on the page. So use this exercise to get over that hurdle. Playwriting Exercise For the next […]The post Playwriting Exercise: Hurdling the First Line appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • How Teaching Theatre Arts Has Expanded My Appreciation of Life

    Lindsay Price
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I am thrilled to be able to introduce this blog post from renowned theatre educator Gai Jones. Gai Jones is a retired theatre educator and the author of Raising the Curtain: Activities for the Theatre Arts Classroom. She taught for 34 years at El Dorado High School in Placentia, California. She now travels the country teaching […]The post How Teaching Theatre Arts Has Expanded My Appreciation of Life appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • 4 Great Picture Prompts for Playwrights

    Lindsay Price
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Ideas can come from anything and everything. But it’s always a good idea to give students a jumping off point. Picture Prompts are a great tool in a playwright’s arsenal to inspire creative thinking, or to use in the classroom with your student playwrights. We’ve got 4 of our favourites to share – and each includes […]The post 4 Great Picture Prompts for Playwrights appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • How to Solve Common Beginning Actors Mistakes

    Lindsay Price
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Don’t miss out on the free poster at the end of this post. Beginning actors make mistakes. Mostly it’s because well, they’re beginners! I prefer thinking of them is missteps rather than mistakes – they are things the beginning actor hasn’t considered. And it’s always a great time to change that! If you’re a beginning […]The post How to Solve Common Beginning Actors Mistakes appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • Playwriting Exercise: Subtext

    Lindsay Price
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    “Spectators come to the theater to hear the subtext.” Stanislavski Subtext is a glorious medium. It adds depth – there’s the conversation that two characters are having, and there’s the conversation underneath the conversation the two characters are having. The meaning behind the words. Bell Work Prompts Use these prompts to create routine in your […]The post Playwriting Exercise: Subtext appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
 
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • Threepenny!

    Scott Miller
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Sometimes we start work on a show and I feel like we're stepping into some vast, rushing river of theatrical history. When we produced Marc Blitzstein's 1937 labor musical The Cradle Will Rock, we recreated that historic opening night, when the federal government tried to shut them down, the unions forbade the actors from appearing onstage, and so the cast performed the entire show out in the audience. Sometimes I feel this deep obligation to history, to get it right, to keep passing the torch. I felt the same way when we produced The Nervous Set, Hair, Rocky Horror, Jacques Brel, and…
  • We Stand Together, Joined in Might

    Scott Miller
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Putting Jerry Springer the Opera together was a Herculean task. As I said a few times to our actors, "We have climbed a mountain." Not just in practical terms, like learning and singing this dense, challenging score, with a cast far smaller than it was written for; but also in conceptual terms, understanding what makes this show (and the TV show) tick, what its agenda is, what its style and tone are, how it should move physically, and how to unify its two contrasting halves.And how much, if at all, we should deviate from the original production in London, which was directed by one of the…
  • I Want to Sing Something Beautiful, Part II

    Scott Miller
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    If anyone doubts that Jerry Springer the Opera is a serious piece of theatre, let me share some of the more emotional, more beautiful moments (you heard me right!) in the show.Maybe my favorite is early in Act III. We've set up the whole idea that Jerry is being forced to do a Jerry Springer Show in Hell for Satan, and as this bizarre faux show begins, Satan tells us his sad story in the song "Once in Happy Realms," and it always surprises me with its aching beauty and its depth of feeling, particularly in the able hands and voice of Matt Pentecost, New Line's "Satan." It's not an…
  • Where Were You When the Condom Split?

    Scott Miller
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    As we run Jerry Springer the Opera, we discover that it's often not the R-rated language that offends people; it's the subversive theology. And I think that "blasphemy" is made even more intense by the fact that the show gets more overtly serious in the second half, when it also gets most religious minded.I would argue the show is sometimes very serious in Act I (there are real victims amongst the crazies), but more subliminally so. Acts II and III get more obviously serious in terms of both tone and plot. Critic Paul Friswold of The Riverfront Times, wrote about our production, "Richard…
  • It Ain't Easy Bein' Me

    Scott Miller
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Most of our reviews for Jerry Springer the Opera have been wonderful. People really understand and embrace this wild, weird, beautiful show.Well, some people do.New Line does intelligent, thoughtful theatre, and we expect intelligent, thoughtful reviews. And we mostly get that. But not always. One reviewer this time had some compliments for our production but really did not like the material, and ordinarily, I can't complain about that. It's just a matter of taste and opinion, right? But this guy didn't just say he disliked the material. He said the writers "ran out of ideas" at the…
 
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    Encore Atlanta

  • Fact-based new musical ‘Rocket Boys’ shoots for the stars

    Kathy Janich
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
      Legacy Theatre in Tyrone presents the Atlanta premiere of Rocket Boys, a new musical based on the best-selling New York Times memoir by NASA engineer Homer Hickam Jr., also the basis for the 1999 feature film October Sky, featuring a much younger Jake Gyllenhaal as Hickam. Rocket Boys is a coming-of-age story about a coal miner’s son at [...]
  • FULL CIRCLE

    Kathy Janich
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    When the Alliance Theatre premiered "Blues for an Alabama Sky" in 1995, Phylicia Rashad played the leading role of Angel Allen, a down-on-her-luck singer. A relatively unknown Atlantan named Crystal Fox was her understudy. This go-round, Fox is front and center as Angel.
  • FAIRWAYS TO HEAVEN

    Kathy Janich
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    Mark Twain got it all wrong when he dismissed the game of golf as “a good walk spoiled.” Golf presents ideal opportunities for soaking in spectacular scenic views and spying on natural wildlife while you engage in the futile pursuit of the perfect swing. And, with Georgia’s weather, you can pretty much go swinging year-round.
  • Atlanta Symphony invites you to world premiere of ‘Creation/Creator’

    Kathy Janich
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
      Be part of history when the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents a staged version of Creation/Creator, a world premiere by composer Christopher Theofanidis that will be recorded for release as a CD. The piece weaves text and ideas from philosophy, science, poetry and religion to examine the relationship between God and humanity. This Theater of a Concert event includes [...]
  • SNAPSHOT | Maria Rodriguez-Sager

    Kathy Janich
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Atlanta actor Maria Rodriguez-Sager, in "Grand Concourse" at Horizon Theatre, says her dream role is "anything in a Federico García Lorca play, in Spanish, and preferably at the Spanish Repertory in New York City. Learn more here.
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    Lois Backstage

  • Re:Union at Magnetic North Theatre Festival

    Lois
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may remember back in the fall of 2011 I worked on an amazing show called Re:Union, which I referred to on my blog as “the most challenging piece I have ever worked on.” It’s been four years and I think it may still be the most challenging piece I’ve done, but I am very excited to get to take another stab at it. Yes, after almost four years away from it, Re:Union is going national and heading to Ottawa this June for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. But the cost of producing a show this technically complex…
  • 2014 In Review: What I Saw

    Lois
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    After years of saying that I was going to spend less of my nights off seeing theatre, I still managed to see more shows than last year, yet nowhere near what I saw in 2012. There were a lot of shows I really wanted to see this year but didn’t, and that is directly related to a promise I made myself in February of this year. I promised myself that I wouldn’t miss any more of the big events. I’ve missed lots of weddings, birthdays, and parties celebrating dear friends because of work or because I had pre-booked a ticket to see something and I don’t want to do that any…
  • Five Random Thoughts on Stage Managing

    Lois
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Cue the SM Duckie overseeing tech rehearsals Tomorrow I’m heading out to my alma mater to speak with an intro to theatre and a directing class about what it is that stage managers do and the director/stage manager relationship and it has had me thinking a lot about what stories I want to tell and what I want to highlight for the students.  But as I’ve been thinking there have been a few random thoughts that I wanted to share. 1. I keep hearing about people in the industry who say they wish they’d known about the wide range of jobs available for non-performer/directors when…
  • Upcoming: Solo Collective presents Small Parts

    Lois
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
      Photo of Jeff Gladstone & Eileen Barrett by Johnny Liu I’m back in the rehearsal hall with Solo Collective (after a year away from this fantastic company) and we’re getting ready to open Small Parts next week.  What is Small Parts? SMALL PARTS is inspired by the author’s real life experience directing his mother’s first play about her talking and singing diseased body parts, while learning that she was dying of ovarian cancer. Funny, heartfelt and musical, David Hudgins has taken this very personal story and created a theatrical memory play rich in little truths…
  • Happy International Stage Managers Day (#StageMgrs14)

    Lois
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Today is the 2nd annual International Stage Managers Day. Some theatre companies are handing their twitter accounts over to their SMs for the day, others brought in baked goods, swept up, or got the stars to make the places call. However you chose to celebrate, may your blacks be dark as midnight, your actors well behaved, and your theatre ghosts friendly!     Me? I’m sending emails, scheduling meetings, and planning things – just like every day.
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 148 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Aaron Nichols Aaron Nichols, Director of Audience Development for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and other events at ND, joins us to talk Shakespeare, festivals and other things theatre. Great... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 147 Putting music on stage

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Live music, clicktracks and other music-making options This time the Geeks discuss use of live vs recorded music for musicals. Budget is always a concern when considering music on stage. But what... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 146 – Care and feeding of community theatre volunteers

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Volunteers are the lifeblood of most community theatres. Michael Beatty has worked with volunteers in all types of not-for-profit organizations (including theatres). Listen to the conversation and... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 145 – Putting history on the stage — conversation with playwright Michael Beatty

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Avery Brown, Drummer Boy of the Cumberland, Youngest Soldier of the Civil War Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 144 Say What? Theatre sound.

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    All of us have attended a play or musical where the sound is less than perfect. This can be because of the facility or the actors themselves, among other reasons. And bad sound can harm the theatre... More info at theatregeeks.com
 
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Are You ShakesBEERienced?

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Well, I'm not.The 7 Stages Shakespeare Company in Portsmouth, NH are the geniuses behind ShakesBEERience. Who can say no to free Shakespeare presented at a brewery?They're doing Love's Labour's Lost in May, but Pericles and Two Noble Kinsmen are in their fall lineup so it's not like they're phoning it in by doing the easy/popular ones, either!Has anybody been? Last time I ran across their link they were off season and I forgot all about it. I think I'm only about 45 minutes away, I've got to figure out a way to get up there and see the show.
  • Gambling on The Gambler (and losing :))

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Normally I wouldn't give a second thought to a Mark Wahlberg movie like The Gambler. It's just not the kind of thing that interests me. But then I learned that he plays a Shakespeare professor with a gambling problem. Ok, that's more interesting. Still, though, if that's just character development then we've all seen it before - cut to a scene of him dismissing a classroom full of students and telling them there's a quiz on Romeo and Juliet tomorrow. Bam, you've just established him as a Shakespeare professor.Only...not this time.  The clip I found actually opens with him talking about…
  • "Performing Shakespeare" at UMass Amherst

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    My friend Keri and her Rebels have done so much for Shakespeare that when she asks me to help spread the word about what her alumni are up to, I'm only happy to oblige!He [Matteo Pangallo] is a professor out there, but had his start at rebel and is a great guy. He is running the first Shakespeare program for high schoolers at UMass this summer.... he's a fantastic guy, a Shakespeare expert and someone you'd really enjoy, if you don't already know him. ... Participants live on campus for 2 weeks and get college credit. Here's more details, directly from the Professor, courtesy his…
  • The Happiest Day of My Year

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    I almost missed Shakespeare Day this year.  When I heard the news, I immediately sent a curse-filled rant to my closest Shakespeare friend, one Bardfilm by name, because I knew he would understand.  Again, Bardfilm, I apologize for using so many F-words on Easter Sunday. :)Here's what I realized, when I almost lost my day.  Today might very well be the happiest day of the year for me.  I'm not counting anniversaries and children's birthdays and such, those are happy on a whole different level.  But they are small.  How many people will celebrate my son's birthday…
  • Pacino as King Lear? Why else would I watch The Humbling?

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    I would never have heard of "The Humbling" if Google news alerts didn't pop it up for a Shakespeare reference. It stars Al Pacino and is based on the Philip Roth novel, which I have not read.The play opens with Pacino, dressed in a trenchcoat and looking like something out of Death of a Salesman, practicing the ages of man speech from As You Like It. It looks at first like he's trying to remember his lines, but we soon see that he is trying to decide how he's supposed to deliver them. The line between his acting and his reality is becoming a blur, and he's having trouble differentiating…
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    Voice Coaches

  • Spring Frolicking-BLOG DAY

    ChristyPronto
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Fun in the sun!!! Any excuse to be outside on this gorgeous day. Take a peek!!! Spring Frolicking-BLOG DAY is a post from Voice Coaches, a leading provider of voice over training
  • Survival of the Fittest…

    ChristyPronto
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:37 am
    If you tuned in to read the blog last week, I HAVE SURVIVED TECHDOM!!!! Pro Tools did not break me butttt I sure am sore What did I learn? I learned that I have so much more to learn, HA! However, that fact alone arms me against what is next. I had thought that Pro Tools would be a bit of a black hole for someone such as myself, lets be kind and call me a novice (it’s more like Pro Tools for Dummies). It has so many functionalities that can be overwhelming and you then ask, “What do I tackle first?”. But, I am here to say, there IS hope and if I can do it (and I successfully…
  • Take that leap into the unknown…

    ChristyPronto
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    This week I am taking on the very dreaded task of learning how to use Protools…EEEK-don’t all run from the room at once! I am excited to take on this facet of the VO world and piggyback on my producing skills but with that said the insecurities and nerves run amuck. I find myself in the same boat a lot of our students are in-wanting to take a bigger bite out of the field but not knowing how to take that first step and then when you do, how do you learn to become proficient and hold your own against the studios and their production values? I should listen to what I tell students…
  • Spring Fever!!!

    ChristyPronto
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    Be honest, is anyone else twitter-pated? And don’t all of you rush to your phones to check your twitter feed, this is the old school Spring fever. The oh my gosh here’s the sun, hooray for warmth, when can I go to the beach, where are my shorts at type of twitter-pated. This is the perfect time of year to dust of those demo cds, grab your press kits and hit the pavement. Taking a stroll to the park with your beau? Bring your demo discs. Canoodling at your local ice cream shop? Bring your business cards. Keeping these things on hand at all times is always the best way to go as you…
  • The Idea of Celebrity in the VO world

    ChristyPronto
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    I am a voracious reader when it comes to the fields I am passionate about and any voice actor worth their salt would benefit from keeping current with the VO trends. I stumbled across a fascinating article about the ideology of “celebrity” and “fame” in the VO world (or should I say the illusion of the aforementioned ) and I had to share it with our readers. It tackles all aspects of the field from gender in voice acting, compensation and industry biases that can create a very insular sub culture. I have attached a link here and encourage all VO artists interested in…
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Win-Win Partnerships: Ohio Valley Symphony Marks 25 Years (Part 2 of 2)

    Your Performance Partners
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    Last week, we learned about the origins of The Ohio Valley Symphony (OVS) in Gallipolis, Ohio, which is celebrating its 25th season. This week we’ll continue our conversation with Lora Lynn Snow, OVS founder, executive director and principal oboist, to learn more about their theatre and factors behind the group’s success. YPP: Who uses your theatre? Snow: Our primary group, OVS, has a five-concert series each year. Owning our facility opens up more options to work with local businesses and organizations. We host a variety of events: receptions, weddings, parties, classes, business…
  • Project Case Study: University of Wisconsin at Madison

    Your Performance Partners
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:42 am
    Challenge Enhance the acoustical quality of a multiple-use, 76-year-old historic theater without crowding the backstage areas or making significant changes to the stage house. Solution Wenger and J. R. Clancy (JRC) developed a custom solution, combining a Wenger Diva® Acoustical Shell with lifting storage rack and hoist with the capacity required to store the shell and its towers above the stage. Benefits Preservation of a much-loved theater space Dramatically improved sound quality Easy, pushbutton control Above-stage storage frees wing space Flexibility to host many kinds of performances…
  • Haven for Artists: Ohio Valley Symphony Marks 25 Years (Part 1 of 2)

    Your Performance Partners
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    This year The Ohio Valley Symphony (OVS) in Gallipolis, Ohio, celebrates its 25th season. We recently talked with Lora Lynn Snow, OVS founder, executive director and principal oboist, to learn more about the group’s origins and unique home. OVS’ story is so interesting, we’re going to split it into two weeks. YPP: How did OVS get started? Snow: In 1987 I had a vision to start an orchestra – to create a haven for artists and put my own work philosophies into place. I believe most people want to work hard and have fun at the same time. From my own playing experience, I felt too many…
  • Mark Your Calendar: April 24 is Rigging Safety Day

    Your Performance Partners
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    How will you celebrate Arbor Day on April 24? We’re joining with USITT in celebrating Rigging Safety Day, a day to promote safer stages by posting and tweeting with the hashtag #RigSafe. Arbor Day is the perfect day to remember rigging safety, because the “arbor” is the part of a counterweight line set that holds the stage weights. On April 24, USITT will post #RigSafe news all day and ask people to support its Rigging Safety Initiative (RSI), which provide free rigging inspections and safety training for school stages. Watch for the #RigSafe hashtag and you’ll see lots of advocates…
  • Spotlight: International Performing Arts Trends

    Your Performance Partners
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Nancy Wagner of Wenger Corporation For some perspective on international performing arts trends, the International Theatre Engineering Architecture Conference (ITEAC) is a great event. The theme of last year’s conference in London — “The Future of Performance Spaces: People, Places and Technologies” – had this description: “For those who specify, design, equip and operate performance spaces, ensuring that these will meet the needs of future users has always been a challenge. The rapid changes taking place globally, driven by audience expectations, the availability of new…
 
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    The Study & Pursuit of Acting

  • I’m Workin’ Here!

    Allen Barton
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Utterly sleep deprived from being up until 4am (vandalism, cops, window board-up companies – fun!), I sat down for lunch a tad fuzzy. Nonetheless, my conversation with this very promising actor yielded something I thought worthy of putting out there, … Continue reading →
  • Workin’ 9-to-5

    Allen Barton
    16 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Preamble: It’s been months since I’ve updated the blog with new entries – I was very much caught up in writing and preparation for my play DISCONNECTION, which is concluding a very satisfying run in Los Angeles at the end of … Continue reading →
  • AB Podcast Interview

    Allen Barton
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    Here’s an interview I did for Destination Hollywood Radio, in which I discuss my history at the BHP, the BHP Approach, specifics on career administration, actors v. writing, actors v. agents, and why Brits and Aussies deserve the work they’re … Continue reading →
  • I Gotta Get My Shit Together

    Allen Barton
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Ah, yes. I gotta get my shit together. It’s not exactly a new expression, but I dearly wish it would expire, like I gotta shoe my horse or I gotta go to Strawberries and get the latest LP. I gotta get my … Continue reading →
  • F— Improv Training

    Allen Barton
    15 May 2014 | 10:48 am
    Allow me to rage, give voice to thoughts hushed and guarded, unexpressed, trapped, traversing the crania of teachers of serious acting, for fear of grave offense against what THEY say, for fear of pissing off a longtime student who has … Continue reading →
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 148 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

    Dave Dufour
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:31 am
    Aaron Nichols Aaron Nichols, Director of Audience Development for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and other events at ND, joins us to talk Shakespeare, festivals and other things theatre. Great conversation with the Geeks.   Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 147 Putting music on stage

    Dave Dufour
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Live music, clicktracks and other music-making options This time the Geeks discuss use of live vs recorded music for musicals. Budget is always a concern when considering music on stage. But what about quality? Some musicians are very good, but they may cost money. You may be lucky enough to have volunteer musicians that are good — or not. Likewise, some recorded soundtracks sound good, others, are pretty chintzy. The Geeks talk about various options and considerations that can make or break your next musical. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 146 – Care and feeding of community theatre volunteers

    Dave Dufour
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Volunteers are the lifeblood of most community theatres. Michael Beatty has worked with volunteers in all types of not-for-profit organizations (including theatres). Listen to the conversation and Michael’s insights in this lively episode.   Music provided by Music Alley.   Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 145 – Putting history on the stage — conversation with playwright Michael Beatty

    Dave Dufour
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Avery Brown, Drummer Boy of the Cumberland, Youngest Soldier of the Civil War Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the developer and playwright of this new original work, to tell us about it, and about the process of bringing history to life. Heartland is based on the experiences of Northern Indiana people, and is being produced as an artistic work with an educational component. It will be performed by South Bend, Indiana’s Acting Ensemble, as part of a five-month Northern Indiana arts & music…
  • 144 Say What? Theatre sound.

    Dave Dufour
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    All of us have attended a play or musical where the sound is less than perfect. This can be because of the facility or the actors themselves, among other reasons. And bad sound can harm the theatre experience for the audience. The Geeks discuss various sound problems, and possible solutions. Use our contact form to send us YOUR thoughts on this issue.   Music provided by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
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    Life in the Theatre

  • Who Am I? Well, I’m Definitely NOT 24601…

    Improv Royality
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    This post was written by Improv Royality Just a little snippet of who Improv Royality is; where I came from, what I'm doing now, and the like. The post Who Am I? Well, I’m Definitely NOT 24601… appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Kracken @Giant Dwarf [Tech Notes]

    Judith Greenaway
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:36 pm
    This post was written by Judith Greenaway Technical observations of Trygve Wakenshaw's KRAKEN playing at Giant Dwarf, Sydney April 2015 The post Kracken @Giant Dwarf [Tech Notes] appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Physical Theatre for the Director: A Beginner’s Guide

    Claire Hallybone
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    This post was written by Claire Hallybone If you have not worked with physical theatre before, it can seem pretty daunting. Here I provide a few practical tips, some example exercises, and recommended further reading for any director keen to learn more. The post Physical Theatre for the Director: A Beginner’s Guide appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Is Tragedy Dead? A Genre Reconfigured

    Claire Hallybone
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:20 pm
    This post was written by Claire Hallybone Tragedy is one of the first words that would be suggested were you to ask somebody to name theatrical genres. However, although it plays a significant role in the Western dramatic cannon, it is a genre whose very definition and theatrical realization is problematic. The post Is Tragedy Dead? A Genre Reconfigured appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Performing Arts – Working Classes Excluded?

    Tuirenn Hurstfield
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:55 am
    This post was written by Tuirenn Hurstfield When it comes to politics and economics, it is fair to say that the arts have been hit badly in more recent years. Performing arts training is high up there... The post Performing Arts – Working Classes Excluded? appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
 
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    Life in the Theatre

  • Who Am I? Well, I’m Definitely NOT 24601…

    Improv Royality
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:37 pm
    This post was written by Improv Royality Just a little snippet of who Improv Royality is; where I came from, what I'm doing now, and the like. The post Who Am I? Well, I’m Definitely NOT 24601… appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Kracken @Giant Dwarf [Tech Notes]

    Judith Greenaway
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:36 pm
    This post was written by Judith Greenaway Technical observations of Trygve Wakenshaw's KRAKEN playing at Giant Dwarf, Sydney April 2015 The post Kracken @Giant Dwarf [Tech Notes] appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Physical Theatre for the Director: A Beginner’s Guide

    Claire Hallybone
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    This post was written by Claire Hallybone If you have not worked with physical theatre before, it can seem pretty daunting. Here I provide a few practical tips, some example exercises, and recommended further reading for any director keen to learn more. The post Physical Theatre for the Director: A Beginner’s Guide appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Is Tragedy Dead? A Genre Reconfigured

    Claire Hallybone
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:20 pm
    This post was written by Claire Hallybone Tragedy is one of the first words that would be suggested were you to ask somebody to name theatrical genres. However, although it plays a significant role in the Western dramatic cannon, it is a genre whose very definition and theatrical realization is problematic. The post Is Tragedy Dead? A Genre Reconfigured appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
  • Performing Arts – Working Classes Excluded?

    Tuirenn Hurstfield
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:55 am
    This post was written by Tuirenn Hurstfield When it comes to politics and economics, it is fair to say that the arts have been hit badly in more recent years. Performing arts training is high up there... The post Performing Arts – Working Classes Excluded? appeared first on Life in the Theatre.
 
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