Category: Directing
Finding the Personal in the Political
Monday, May 01, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon May 1, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How one social justice theatre company uses real-life stories to inspire its art --- Last summer, Houses on the Moon, a socially focused, community-committed theatre company, began developing a pair of projects about gun violence. Now, with the subject seemingly in the zeitgeist on stage (On the Exhale, Church & State, and When It's You are just...
You're Never Too Old for a Conspiracy Theory
Thursday, April 27, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Apr 27, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A seasoned writer works with an emerging company --- You might assume that as they try to stand out in New York City, scrappy theatre companies will look for young and hungry writers to help them make their name. But Stable Cable Lab Co. -- an artistic community whose core is composed of millennials -- has found inspiration with playwright...
Do You Really Know the Hooker With a Heart of Gold?
Wednesday, April 26, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 26, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Axis Company rejuvenates a classic play --- You've probably seen pictures of a slum. But what would it feel like to live in one? Director Randy Sharp raises this question in her revival of Sidney Kingsley's Dead End, a 1935 hit on Broadway that later became a Humphrey Bogart picture. Originally, Sharp says, the drama felt necessary because it...
The Hidden Mysteries of 'Six Degrees of Separation'
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 19, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
In this Broadway revival, laughter leads to serious ideas --- Six Degrees of Separation delivers a complex kind of fun. On its surface, John Guare's 1990 play is all clever jokes and fast-moving action, telling the story of Flan and Ouisa Kittredge, wealthy Upper East Siders who are conned by Paul, a young man pretending to be Sidney Poitier's...
You Can Believe This Play's a Disaster
Tuesday, March 28, 2017  •   Directing  •    5 comments Share This
Tue Mar 28, 2017  •   Directing  •    5 comments Share This
The authentic farce of The Play That Goes Wrong --- According to Mark Bell, farce is a high theatrical art. And he should know: As the director of The Play That Goes Wrong – a raucous new Broadway comedy – he spends his days treating the genre with the respect it deserves. "What we're doing is what I call 'clown,'" says Bell. "Which,...
Can These Friendships Survive Factory Layoffs?
Friday, March 17, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Mar 17, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A Broadway play probes a working-class community --- Kate Whoriskey describes herself as "someone who loves jury duty." The director is referring not to the civic obligation that most Americans dread, but to the notion of interacting with strangers and new points of view. "I love these things that are more about being in a room with people you'd...
Finding the Comedy in His Drug Addiction
Wednesday, March 15, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Mar 15, 2017  •   Directing  •    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...
In This Musical, No One Is Waiting for Applause
Thursday, February 09, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Feb 9, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why Liesl Tommy is the ideal director for Kid Victory --- Eclectic isn't a strong enough word to describe Liesl Tommy's directorial resume. At the same time she became the first woman of color to be nominated for a Tony for Best Direction of a Play (she helmed the Liberian Civil War-set drama Eclipsed on Broadway), the South African native was prepping...
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