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Becoming a Woman With a Scandalous Body
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Wednesday, May 03, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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The Hottentot Venus was real, but at the same time, she wasn't. That was the persona created for Sarah (Saartjie) Baartman, a black South African woman who was displayed in British freak shows during the early nineteenth century. She was showcased because of her large buttocks, which white Europeans deemed shocking and exotic, and she eventually achieved...
Her Parents Aren't As Liberal As They Thought
By HALEY CHOUINARD
Wednesday, April 12, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Culture and religion clash in a new play --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles It's tempting to conflate tolerance with liberalism, but the two don't always go hand in hand. That idea is central to Zayd Dohrn's new play The Profane, currently at Playwrights Horizons. In the show,...
Why Douglas Sills Is Roaring On Stage
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, April 06, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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The Tony nominee returns to Broadway in War Paint --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles How does the old saying go? "Behind every great man there's a great woman." Well invert that for War Paint -- the new Broadway musical about the rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein...
On Broadway, She's Quietly Honoring Her Mother
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, March 29, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Henny Russell's life informs the politics Oslo --- Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles The first play veteran character actress Henny Russell appeared in after her mother died was J. T. Rogers' Oslo, about the back-channel negotiations that led to the momentous 1993 handshake between...
Playing a Dog and Hen (Who Fall in Love)
By FRANK RIZZO
Tuesday, March 07, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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The actors behind the animals in The Moors --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. How do you play a massive mastiff – one with a tender heart, cosmic curiosity, and killer instincts? Or how about a dubious moorhen who, despite her typical caution in life, has fallen for someone outside...
Why Has He Played the Same Role for 20 Years?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Wednesday, January 18, 2017  •   Building Character  •    1 comment Share This
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Anthony Chisholm never tires of August Wilson's Jitney Welcome to Building Character, TDF Stages' ongoing series on actors and how they create their roles --- After 50 years in the theatre, Anthony Chisholm has naturally played a wide variety of roles, but there's one that he just keeps returning to: Fielding, a mischievous, alcoholic car service...
This Quiet Woman Changes a Broadway Play
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Thursday, January 12, 2017  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside a crucial character in The Present --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. The Present is full of big talkers, so at first, we might overlook Sophia. Quiet and observant, she slips around the corners of the play, which Andrew Upton has adapted from an early Chekhov drama. She mostly just...
How to Be a Dad in the 'Bronx'
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Monday, November 21, 2016  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
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Richard H. Blake gets personal in the musical A Bronx Tale --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at actors and how they create their roles. For all the things it's about – New York City in the 1960s, the ups and downs of Italian-Americans, the ways a neighborhood can shape your identity – A Bronx Tale is especially about...
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