Category: Directing
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...
Is He Acting Like a Man? Is His Father?
Tuesday, January 10, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 10, 2017  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A surreal play brings a father and son closer --- According to director Dustin Wills, it was crucial to cast a trans actor in Basil Kreimendahl's play Orange Julius, which is now at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. "I don't think it would have been done if we didn't have a trans performer for that role," says Wills. "We were fortunate to have...
Putting Martin Luther on Trial
Friday, December 16, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 16, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A new play interrogates the religious giant's legacy --- In Martin Luther on Trial, the iconic religious leader is prosecuted for the greatest sin of all – blasphemy against God. "It's a fairly straightforward courtroom procedural play," says Michael Parva, who is directing the show for Fellowship for the Performing Arts. "That's terrific...
Inside the Art of Getting Laughs
Monday, November 28, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 28, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A comedy expert directs a commedia classic --- How do you make the centuries-old techniques of commedia dell'arte work on stage in 2016? "The trap of it is to think of it as something that has an antique style, something that isn't alive anymore," says Christopher Bayes. And he should know. He has a long history with professional clowning and movement-based...
Hey Wait... Is That Story Racist?
Tuesday, November 22, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Nov 22, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Anthropologists try to tell a story without bias --- When she agreed to be interviewed about No Man's Land, the new piece she's written and directed with The Anthropologists, Melissa Moschitto had a very specific request: "I don't feel comfortable being the only person quoted." That's in keeping with the show itself, which runs through December...
A Bittersweet 'Charity'
Friday, November 18, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 18, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How director Leigh Silverman reinvented a classic musical for our complicated age --- When the all-female band starts wailing the iconic vamp to "Big Spender," murmurs of recognition erupt throughout the house. It's Sweet Charity's famous, sexy showstopper -- but within seconds it becomes clear that this version has a darkness to it. The orchestration...
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