Returning to the Dance Scene Where Her Career Began
By SUSAN REITER
Tuesday, June 26, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
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Former NYCB performer Melissa Barak brings her own troupe to the Joyce Ballet Festival --- The Joyce Ballet Festival (June 26-July 7) is a homecoming of sorts for Melissa Barak. The dancer-choreographer launched her professional career here in the city, performing with New York City Ballet from 1998 to 2007. Now her eponymous Los Angeles-based troupe...
How Do You Create New Audiences?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, June 22, 2018  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 22, 2018  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Graduates of TDF's Create New York program share how the experience has enhanced their lives --- When I interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner earlier this month, he lamented that "there's somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 serious theatregoers in New York who will find some way to see the shows they want to....
How the 'Gay Play' Is Evolving
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, June 21, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    2 comments Share This
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Dramatists are exploring LGBTQ life in uncharted ways --- To judge only from Broadway, New York theatre is experiencing a Renaissance of old gay plays, with starry revivals of three landmark dramas that are now period pieces: The Boys in the Band from the '60s, the soon-to-open Torch Song from the '80s and Angels in America from the '90s. But Pride...
Reviving Groundbreaking Musicals While Honoring a Friend
By DAVID COTE
Wednesday, June 20, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
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Inside Encores! Off-Center's bittersweet new season --- Quick: What do Encores! Off-Center's three summer revivals Songs for a New World, Gone Missing and Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope have in common? If you answered that they're all bookless musicals, you're right. Each is a revue, a song cycle around an idea, whether that's new beginnings, types...
After Four Decades, Molissa Fenley Is Still in Her Prime
By SUSAN REITER
Tuesday, June 19, 2018  •   Dance  •    0 comments Share This
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The sexagenarian dancer-choreographer performs new and old work at Danspace Project --- At an age when many of her peers are flirting with retirement, Molissa Fenley continues to be a vital force in dance, not just as a choreographer but as a performer, too. The 63 year old has been the foremost interpreter of her own work since she burst onto the...
Yes, There Were Gay Slaves
By REGINA ROBBINS
Tuesday, June 19, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Donja R. Love explores queer love in the Civil War South --- In the opening scene of Sugar in Our Wounds, Donja R. Love's lyrical world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club, a young plantation slave stands under a gigantic tree and hears it call his name: "James." That fantastical moment recalls the inception of the Civil War South-set play....
Addressing Theatre's Gender Parity Problem
By REGINA ROBBINS
Friday, June 15, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Jun 15, 2018  •   Off-Off Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
How Parity Productions is helping female creatives get ahead --- Ludovica Villar-Hauser has been developing, directing and producing shows on both sides of the Atlantic for more than three decades. So she understands firsthand the challenges of being a female theatre-maker in an industry with an ingrained gender parity problem. The lack of women in...
Increasing Opportunities for Actors with Disabilities, Including Himself
By NICOLE SERRATORE
Friday, June 15, 2018  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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Gregg Mozgala stars in Teenage Dick --- Two years ago, when I first interviewed Gregg Mozgala, a performer with cerebral palsy, he said he was typically called in to audition just a few times annually. But he noted an encouraging milestone: 2016 was the first year that he had been acting professionally when he had two auditions in one week. However,...
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