Director Profile #2: Mark Fossen & Some Links

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

Best Beckett Ever

In my opinion, the best Beckett play ever is … Play.  And I came to this conclusion before ever seeing the 2000 film version, directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, and Kristen Scott Thomas–though seeing Minghella’s adaptation did further cement my love for this piece.  On stage, this work is ‘no … Continue reading

To Film or Not to Film Live THEE-EH-TAH

To Film or Not to Film Live  THEE – EH – TAH I’ve always paused and reflected, when, at the end of a sitcom, a voiceover remarks, “This episode of Three’s Company [or insert your favorite show] “was taped before a live studio audience.”  The emphasis on the “liveness” of the audience is intriguing.  Would … Continue reading

Experimentation vs. Convention in Dramatic Writing

Experimentation vs. Convention in Dramatic Writing I will always remember with nostalgic fondness my first encounter with experimental dramatists in Suzanne Westfall’s Modern Drama course during my undergrad studies at Lafayette.  Susan Glaspell’s Machinal, Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, and August Strindberg’s Ghost Sonata were delicious counterpoints to my footings in Marlowe, Shakespeare, … Continue reading

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