When you last went to see a show, why did you go?
My Fort Lauderdale-based theatre company, Thinking Cap Theatre, is currently midway through a four week run of the Florida premiere of Cleansed by Sarah Kane. During post-show conversations with guests, I have found myself regularly answering the question: Why’d you pick this play? I wish now that I would have put this question back to … Read more
Last week my theatre company, Thinking Cap Theatre, opened DEATH FOR SYDNEY BLACK, a world premiere dark comedy by NYC-based playwright, Leah Nanako Winkler. The play, both reminiscent of and responsive to cult films such as Heathers, Mean Girls, and Bring It On, has really surprised audiences so far. It makes you laugh, it makes … Read more
On the Guardian theatre blog today, Lynn Gardner revisits the perennial topic of theatre and criticism. Her post’s title sums it up: theatre and critics need each other. Her post was inspired by the recent initiative by National Theatre Wales to nurture new critical voices. I think this line in particular really resonates: “[I]t remains … Read more
Influences on playwrights and theatre practitioners run the gamut. Everyday life experiences are an obvious influence. History, another. Politics, psychology, religion, science, too. Whether we care to acknowledge it or not, other playwrights, practitioners, and companies inevitably influence the theatre we create. We are also influenced by other kinds of art and media apart from … Read more
My director-to-director interview series over at 2AMt continues. Meet three fantastic American women directors: Melissa Hillman of Impact Theatre, Berkeley, CA. Kate Powers, freelance director, NYC. Julieanne Ehre, freelance director, Chicago, IL. Also, I’m working my way through American Women Stage Directors of the Twentieth Century(2008). It’s fantastic! Feature image above is of Carolina Neuber … Read more
Here are links to several of my recent 2amtheatre director-to-director interviews: Meet Kevin Houle, Rebecca Zellar, Tony Adams and Melissa Hillman.
Here’s the next installment of my director-to-director interview series on http://2amtheatre.com Back To Brook: I’m also 2/3 of the way through re-reading Peter Brook’s 1968 work, The Empty Space. It’s amazing how a book can register so differently with you at different stages of your life. It had been a decade since I last read this, … Read more
The director-to-director interview series that I began last week on 2amt continues with Mark Fossen, a freelance director in Salt Lake City, UT. Check it out. The current production of The Tempest directed by Robert Sturua at Moscow’s Et Cetera Theater does, indeed, look visually stunning! As someone who has read, seen, reviewed, and taught … Read more
Posting on Drama, Daily has been all too light lately, but my theatre-related work has been anything but that! In this post, I draw your attention to two links: A director-to-director interview series that I’ve just kicked off at the 2amt site. South Florida director Michael Leeds is the first director profiled. and… Thinking Cap … Read more