How TDF's Wendy Wasserstein Project Is Changing Students' Lives
By RAVEN SNOOK
Friday, May 31, 2019  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
Fri May 31, 2019  •   Meet the Member  •    0 comments Share This
This teen didn't think theatre was for her. Now she can't get enough of it --- A few Sundays ago, a cohort of students from Queens' William Cullen Bryant High School went to see the Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me. Happily, this was not a novel experience for them. As participants in TDF's education initiative the Wendy Wasserstein...
How Do You 'Translate' Shakespeare?
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Thursday, May 30, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 30, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
An impressive roster of playwrights redo the Bard in modern-day English for the Play On! Festival --- Director and dramaturg Lue Morgan Douthit didn't grow up loving the Bard. Her grandparents took her to Shakespeare summer festivals from the time she was 7, but "it wasn't anything that stuck with me," she says. Even during her 12 years earning several...
Not Your Ordinary Jo
By MARISA COHEN
Wednesday, May 29, 2019  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
Wed May 29, 2019  •   Acting  •    1 comment Share This
How Kristolyn Lloyd creates a radically new yet completely authentic Jo in Little Women In one of the most famous moments in Louisa May Alcott's beloved 19th-century novel Little Women, feisty Josephine March chops off and sells her long locks in order to send her destitute mother to Washington to visit the family's ailing patriarch, an officer in...
WATCH: Meet Theater Breaking Through Barriers
By ANDREW BLOCK
Tuesday, May 28, 2019  •   Meet the Theatre  •    4 comments Share This
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Meet Theater Breaking Through Barriers (TBTB), an Off-Broadway company dedicated to advancing artists with disabilities. Founded in 1979 as Theater by the Blind, TBTB changed its name and expanded its focus in 2008 to include artists with any type of disability. With diverse casts tackling a wide range of shows, the company shatters misconceptions about...
Why Irish Rep's Mounting of O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy Is a Major Event
By JONATHAN MANDELL
Friday, May 24, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Fri May 24, 2019  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Artistic director Charlotte Moore talks about the company's ambitious undertaking --- It's been about 60 years since Charlotte Moore, as a college student in St. Louis, discovered the work of Irish playwright Seán O'Casey. She took to him right away. "I was a rebel; he was a rebel," she explains. "He used language the way I wished I could."...
Why Terrence McNally Handpicked This Director for 'Frankie and Johnny'
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, May 23, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Thu May 23, 2019  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Arin Arbus talks about making her Broadway debut with a starry revival of the romantic dramedy --- Director Arin Arbus was surprised to discover that playwright Terrence McNally (Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class, Ragtime) was one of her biggest fans. Known for her inventive and lucid stagings of Shakespeare at Theatre for a New Audience, Arbus...
Finding Her Character -- and Herself -- in a Solo Show
By DIEP TRAN
Wednesday, May 22, 2019  •   Acting  •    0 comments Share This
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How starring in Proof of Love has changed Brenda Pressley's life --- Brenda Pressley had never done a solo show when playwright Chisa Hutchinson asked her to star in Proof of Love, a one-person-play about a woman navigating multiple calamities. Although Pressley was blown away by the script -- "I read the first couple of pages and my mouth dropped...
Can We Laugh About Climate Change?
By GERARD RAYMOND
Tuesday, May 21, 2019  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Playwright Bess Wohl on Continuity, her new dark comedy at Manhattan Theatre Club --- Playwright Bess Wohl relishes a good challenge. Her book for the musical Pretty Filthy was based on interviews with porn stars. She set her play Small Mouth Sounds at a silent meditation retreat so there was practically no dialogue. Yet Wohl admits writing about...
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