Category: Directing
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...
With a Proudly Feminine Musical, a Director Finds Her Voice
Thursday, November 17, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Nov 17, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Inside A Taste of Things to Come --- Sitting in the York Theatre Company's house on a recent Monday, Lorin Latarro juts her neck forward to listen intently to a rehearsal of A Taste of Things to Come . A pencil pokes out of her ponytail. She reaches back to grab it, scribbles on the script, and whispers to her associate. She never once, however, moves...
I Might Be Dying, But We Can Laugh About It
Wednesday, November 09, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Nov 9, 2016  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The dark-then-light tone of Ultimate Beauty Bible --- Stephen Brackett believes that driving a theatre audience toward drama means taking a detour through comedy. "I tend to be drawn to work that uses humor to get to something more somber," says the director. "I find that comedy can open up an audience and give permission to go further into drama...
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