What I Learned From Committing Cultural Appropriation
Thursday, April 05, 2018  •   Behind the Scene  •    3 comments Share This
Thu Apr 5, 2018  •   Behind the Scene  •    3 comments Share This
Performer and playwright Eliza Bent shares the backstory of her new solo show --- Welcome to Behind the Scene, TDF Stages' ongoing series where theatre artists write about their creative process. Last summer I was at a dinner party recounting one of my tried-and-true tales. It's about a home movie I made at age 11 in which I portrayed Queen Liliuokalani,...
Why 'Yerma' Should Always Take Place Now
Wednesday, April 04, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Apr 4, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How Simon Stone radically reinvented an 84-year-old play --- Initially, playwright and director Simon Stone wasn't sure Federico García Lorca's Yerma would resonate with modern-day audiences. To him, the 1934 tragedy about a Catholic woman in rural Spain whose longing for a child sends her over the edge seemed woefully out of date. "I was like,...
Is It Rock? Is It Classical? Forget Labels, It's All Music
Tuesday, April 03, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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How Rocktopia brings rock, classical, and Broadway musicians together --- Henry Aronson is a keyboardist and musical director with 30 years of Broadway credits. Tony Bruno is a guitarist and songwriter who has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Rihanna, and Joan Jett. Although they usually inhabit different scenes,...
Why We Can All Relate to 'Three Tall Women'
Monday, April 02, 2018  •   Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
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Tony nominee Alison Pill on the prescience of Edward Albee's 27-year-old play --- Edward Albee's Three Tall Women was clearly not written in the digital era. A lawyer makes a house call that would now be done by Skype; bills are settled by mail, not online; and the only hint of a cell phone came when one trilled in the audience (seriously, turn those...
Watch Our Favorite Clips from 'Jesus Christ Superstar'
Sunday, April 01, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
Sun Apr 1, 2018  •   Musicals  •    0 comments Share This
If you're a fan of live TV musicals, you were probably glued to the television for NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar, which starred John Legend, Waitress' Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Hamilton alum Brandon Victor Dixon, and Jason Tam. Here's a look at some of our favorite clips: ...
Can Conservative Values and Progressive Politics Coexist?
Friday, March 30, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Fri Mar 30, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    1 comment Share This
Playwright Abby Rosebrock tries to work that out in Dido of Idaho --- Abby Rosebrock did sketch comedy and worked in academia before becoming a performer-playwright. She was most fulfilled when the two went together. "It's like being a singer-songwriter," she explains. "You've written your own material and the performance is integral to bringing...
He Wishes His Play Weren't So Timely
Thursday, March 29, 2018  •   Playwriting  •    0 comments Share This
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Alex Lubischer makes his New York debut with Bobbie Clearly at Roundabout Underground --- When Alex Lubischer started writing Bobbie Clearly four years ago, he was sure it could never be done in New York. After all, it has 11 characters and no double casting. In his experience, producers tend to balk even at six roles. "'If you had four or three,...
Why 'Pygmalion' Can't Be More Like a 'Lady'
Tuesday, March 27, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Mar 27, 2018  •   Off-Broadway  •    0 comments Share This
Bedlam tackles Shaw's classic downtown while the musical plays on Broadway --- Eric Tucker, the director and star of Bedlam's stripped-down take on Pygmalion, isn't concerned that Lincoln Center Theater is simultaneously mounting a lavish revival of the musical based on George Bernard Shaw's play. In fact, he welcomes it. "It's a great thing for people...
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