Director Spotlight #3: Meet Dominic D’Andrea & I’m Back to Brook

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, … Continue reading

Director Profile #2: Mark Fossen & Some Links

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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 … Continue reading

An Interview w/ Michael Leeds & April Shakespeare Event

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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 … Continue reading

A Tuesday Treasure, A Tune, and More

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As writing and other deadlines loom, I find myself all too easily distracted today.  With a 2AMt post to finish, a review to write, youth drama workshop planning to further flesh out, a prospectus to draft, and a theatre season to plan, here I sit tweeting, youtubing, and blogging. I need to put myself in … Continue reading

Youth, Death, and Drama

Youth and death are two words we never want to see joined together, but all too often they are, evoking terms we commonly associate with art–dramatic, tragic. The shooting death of 9-year old Christina Green (and five other innocent bystanders) yesterday at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ public speaking event in Tucson, AZ drives home this fact. … Continue reading

Books, Covers, Bodies, and Clothes

In spite of the ubiquity of the old adage about not judging books by their covers, too many people continue to see and assess the world and its infinitely diverse inhabitants as mere surfaces.  This shallow means of perception lies at the source of bigotry and prejudice, racism and sexism, homophobia and transphobia.  While many … Continue reading

Let’s Talk about Titus Andronicus

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I’ve just finished reading for the first time Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s first tragedy and one of his earliest plays–scholars date its composition to circa 1589-1592, and the first Quarto version of it was printed in 1594.  The play’s style is very much in keeping with a subgenre of plays popular in the 1580′s, known as … Continue reading

Deadly Dramatist & Pugnacious Poet: Ben Jonson

In spite of the fact that in modern times Ben Jonson has been overshadowed by Shakespeare, Jonson enjoyed tremendous success as a writer in his own era.  He rather quickly worked his way from bricklayer to soldier to actor to author with a royal pension.  In fact, many identify Jonson as England’s 1st poet laureate, though … Continue reading

Tonight and Sat., “Pericles-Prince of Tires,” HERE Arts Center in NYC (Review)

Tampa’s Jobsite Theater Company is currently performing its critically acclaimed production of Pericles at New York’s HERE Arts Center (145 Sixth Avenue, between Spring and Broome).  The show will run for a limited engagement thru this Saturday, April 17.  Check out this site for more details. This riotous, highly entertaining  rock musical adaptation, which premiered last August … Continue reading

What does contemporary metadrama tell us about contemporary theatre?

In a post few weeks back, readers helped me compile a list of contemporary plays that can be considered metadramatic or metatheatrical.  I’d like to pick this topic up again and ask you to think about this post’s title question. What does contemporary metadrama tell us about contemporary theatre? Now, I recognize that it’s sometimes … Continue reading

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