Category: Directing
Seeing -- and Hearing -- 'Godot' in a New Way
Thursday, January 03, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Jan 3, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How New Yiddish Rep's production evokes the refugee crises of the present and past --- Samuel Beckett wrote Waiting for Godot in French before reimagining it in English. Since its 1953 premiere, the absurdist masterpiece about two down-on-their-luck characters stuck in limbo has been presented in myriad languages and contexts. But something fresh...
How Do You Create a Drama About Peace?
Tuesday, December 11, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Dec 11, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Revisiting a magical moment of amity during World War I through stories and songs --- In the early 2000s, playwright and director Peter Rothstein started working on a show about the Christmas Truce of 1914, an unofficial ceasefire that brought troops from opposing sides of World War I together on December 24 for a night of caroling and companionship....
How Directing This Show Made Him Want to Smash the Patriarchy
Friday, December 07, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Dec 7, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Oliver Butler on how What the Constitution Means to Me changed him --- Even though they had never worked together, it made sense that performer and playwright Heidi Schreck approached Oliver Butler to direct her über-personal, almost solo show What the Constitution Means to Me. As a cofounder of the Obie-winning devised theatre company The Debate...
Facing the Real Monsters in 'King Kong'
Thursday, December 06, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Thu Dec 6, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
A new satire wrestles with the controversial 1933 classic --- While writing The Making of King Kong, Lisa Clair almost abandoned the project. "It is too big, it is too scary," the recent graduate of Brooklyn College's playwriting program recalls thinking. She wasn't frightened of the oversize title ape; she was wary of the piece's giant themes: racism...
Still Making Provocative Theatre After Seven Decades
Monday, November 26, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Nov 26, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Writer-director Peter Brook brings his latest play to Brooklyn --- After more than 70 years in the theatre, writer-director Peter Brook continues to create new productions that challenge and mystify. His latest is The Prisoner, which is making its New York debut at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Co-written and co-directed by Brook's longtime...
Why Jack O'Brien Always Looks for the Emotional Core in Tom Stoppard
Friday, November 16, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Nov 16, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The three-time Tony winner on directing the New York premiere of The Hard Problem --- Parsing the nature of consciousness sounds like a subject for a research think tank, not an Off-Broadway show. But Tom Stoppard has spent his 50-year career crafting dazzling intellectual plays (Travesties, Arcadia, The Coast of Utopia) that distill a wide range...
Why a Tony-Winning Funnyman Is Letting Others Get the Laughs
Monday, October 29, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Oct 29, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Christian Borle makes his New York directorial debut with the comedy Popcorn Falls --- Christian Borle's comic invention and crackerjack timing have enlivened many a Broadway show over the past two decades. He took home his first Tony Award for his swaggeringly funny turn as Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher and his second as a preening, rock...
Two Provocative Off-Broadway Plays, One Insightful Director
Tuesday, October 23, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Oct 23, 2018  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Why Kimberly Senior enjoys helming shows that raise tough questions about our multicultural society --- At first glance, Aasif Mandvi's Sakina's Restaurant at Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre and Eleanor Burgess' The Niceties at Manhattan Theatre Club don't seem to have much in common. The former is a revival of a 20-year-old solo show in which the...
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