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A New Way of Searching for a Missing Boy
By MARK PEIKERT
Monday, July 27, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Jul 27, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
James Lecesne brings his novel about a missing teen to the stage --- When James Lecesne published his young adult novel Absolute Brightness in 2008, the world was a very different place. The story of a missing gay teenager, the book was almost eerily prescient in its depiction of teen bullying and the many forms it can take. And with bullying-related...
How Do You Cope When Your Favorite Show Closes?
By OMAR L. GALLAGA
Friday, July 24, 2015  •   Musicals  •    7 comments Share This
Fri Jul 24, 2015  •   Musicals  •    7 comments Share This
"That one," my wife said. "I want to see that show." It was early June 2014 and we were at home in Texas watching the Tony Awards. The kids were finally asleep, and we were catching up on what we missed thanks to our DVR. At the top of the ceremony, a medley from the Cotton Club-style revue After Midnight heated up our TV with glorious tapping, lush...
Which Theatre Sets Absolutely Blew Your Mind?
By LINDA BUCHWALD
Thursday, July 23, 2015  •   Geek Out / Freak Out  •    5 comments Share This
Thu Jul 23, 2015  •   Geek Out / Freak Out  •    5 comments Share This
Welcome to Geek Out/Freak Out, where theatre fans get super enthusiastic about things. This week, TDF Stages contributor Linda Buchwald geeks out (via Gchat) with Liz Richards, a stage manager who runs fyeahgreatplays.com and is a frequent cohost of the podcast Maxamoo. Today's topic: jaw-dropping sets --- Linda Buchwald: Hi Liz. I'm so glad to...
How to Be a Woman in Men's Basketball
By KENNETH JONES
Wednesday, July 22, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Jul 22, 2015  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
King Liz pushes the gender boundaries in sports --- Playwright Fernanda Coppel didn't need to research the world of professional men's basketball — the stars, the positions, the statistics — when she was writing King Liz, her new drama about a hotshot female sports agent. "I was a major jock," Coppel says. "I love basketball. I played...
She Sacrificed All for the Theatre, and It Worked Out
By RAVEN SNOOK
Tuesday, July 21, 2015  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jul 21, 2015  •   Building Character  •    0 comments Share This
Why Geneva Carr devoted the last four years of her life to Hand to God --- Welcome to Building Character, our ongoing look at performers and how they create their roles Geneva Carr has a knack for being in the right place at the right time, and she also trusts her gut. That winning combination inspired her to famously change careers from banking...
WATCH: Meet New Ohio Theatre
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, July 17, 2015  •   Meet the Theatre  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jul 17, 2015  •   Meet the Theatre  •    0 comments Share This
Meet New Ohio Theatre, where independent theatre companies always have a home. This video features New Ohio Artistic Director Robert Lyons, as well as artists from The Assembly, The Drunkard's Wife, The Mad Ones, and Rady+Bloom Collective Playmaking. Meet more theatres here....
There Was More to Helen Keller Than You Know
By MARK BLANKENSHIP
Friday, July 17, 2015  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Jul 17, 2015  •   Off-Off-Broadway  •    1 comment Share This
A new play uses Keller's own words to tell her story --- Did you know Helen Keller toured the Vaudeville circuit? Did you know she published a dozen books, starred in a silent film about her life, and had a scandalous love affair with a young man who wanted to marry her? Jack Cummings III certainly didn't. Then he began researching Three Days to...
Where Did They Find That Vicious Little Girl?
By JEFF POTTER
Thursday, July 16, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jul 16, 2015  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Inside the casting for Ruthless! The Musical --- When Joel Paley and Marvin Laird, creators of Ruthless! The Musical, cast the show's original Off-Broadway production in 1992, they were keenly aware of a make-or-break factor. As Paley says, "We had to find a kid that was so talented it was scary." For the campy spoof to truly work, it's...
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