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Just Say Yes, Onstage and Off
By DREW PISARRA
Monday, April 10, 2017  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
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How an improv class improved my existence  --- Improv changed my life. Strong words, to be sure, but I'm serious here. I can think of few landmark events as profoundly impactful for me as studying improvisational comedy a decade ago. I didn't go eagerly; I wasn't searching for a hobby or a meet-up group. I was simply a journeyman journalist who'd...
Finding the Comedy in His Drug Addiction
By EMILY OWENS & HOLLIS JAMES
Wednesday, March 15, 2017  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 15, 2017  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
A performer (and his wife) put his sordid past onstage --- Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process. When writer/comedian/DJ Hollis James sat down to pen his first play, he had no idea how it would turn out or if it would even see the spotlight of day. But when he showed...
We're Married and Making Plays Together, So Who Does the Dishes?
By AYUN HALLIDAY & GREG KOTIS
Tuesday, February 21, 2017  •   Behind the Scene  •    1 comment Share This
Tue Feb 21, 2017  •   Behind the Scene  •    1 comment Share This
Two artistic spouses -- one of whom has two Tonys -- on their latest stage collaboration --- Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process. Usually when we run artist interviews at TDF Stages, we conduct the conversation. However, when Ayun Halliday (experimental dramatist, indie...
That Time I Performed as a Singing Rat
By REVEREND JEN MILLER
Thursday, January 05, 2017  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jan 5, 2017  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
An underground artist remembers when she tried to conquer Broadway --- I haven't been to many Broadway musicals. Most of my theatregoing experience involves attending off-off-off-Broadway shows, or mounting my own bizarre indie performances like my open mic, Reverend Jen's Anti-Slam, which has been running for over 20 years. At the Anti-Slam, anything...
Why on Earth Is Blessed Unrest Staging 'A Christmas Carol'?
By MATT OPATRNY and JESSICA BURR
Thursday, December 15, 2016  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 15, 2016  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
How experimental artists fell for Scrooge --- It might seem like my experimental physical theatre ensemble would never do A Christmas Carol. Blessed Unrest actors playing Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and funny ghosts? No way. We do devised theatre based on dark mythology, Russian plays where the protagonists kill themselves, and movement pieces where...
Teaching Theatre With Video Games and Virtual Reality
By DAN STAHL
Wednesday, October 05, 2016  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Oct 5, 2016  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
How local drama teachers use technology in their classrooms --- As an arts journalist and K-12 curriculum writer, I constantly find myself wondering how the theatre can (and should) intersect with the rest of a student's schedule. That's why I'm drawn to STEAM. STEAM is an education initiative that integrates disciplines: science, technology, engineering,...
This Musical is About the Past AND the Future
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, May 05, 2016  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 5, 2016  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Machines and humans collide in Evening – 1910 --- As technology becomes more prominent, do we humans lose our place in the world? That's a familiar question in our digital age, though it's hardly new. At the turn of the 20th century, the arrival of industrialization and automation provoked a deep anxiety about the new power of machines. Our...
Theatre by Teens for Audiences of All Ages
By RAVEN SNOOK
Monday, May 02, 2016  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 2, 2016  •   Behind the Scene  •    0 comments Share This
How Firebird Youth Theater is really taking off this season --- At 13, most adolescents are busy starting social media accounts. Not Leo Lion: He was busy starting his own theatre company. Now 16-years old, the homeschooled Renaissance man (actor, filmmaker, playwright, and artist) founded the all-teen Firebird Youth Theater in 2013 so he could...
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