Category: Directing
A New Home and a New Show for a Venerable Queens Theatre Company
Friday, February 08, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Fri Feb 8, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Astoria Performing Arts Center mounts its first production in its new space --- Last Labor Day weekend, as most New Yorkers basked in the last vestiges of summer, a Queens theatre company was saying goodbye to its decade-long home. The folks at Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) had known for months that their lease at the Good Shepherd United...
Looking for a New Life at a Funeral Home
Wednesday, February 06, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Wed Feb 6, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
How City of No Illusions explores the connection between death and immigration --- In City of No Illusions, a young Syrian refugee named Saad takes a job in a Buffalo, NY funeral parlor run by two elderly sisters. As he makes his way around the coffins, he's shocked to come face-to-face with Agent Ramirez from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Saad...
Victoria Clark on Her Latest Role: Director
Monday, February 04, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Mon Feb 4, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
The Tony-winning actress helms Strindberg's The Dance of Death for Classic Stage Company --- Victoria Clark has been job hunting lately, but not in a desperate way. A celebrated Broadway performer since the '80s (Tony nominations for Sister Act, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella and Gigi; a win for The Light in the Piazza), she's rarely idle. Yet,...
He May Be British, But He Totally Gets Angry American Men
Tuesday, January 22, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
Tue Jan 22, 2019  •   Directing  •    0 comments Share This
James Macdonald on directing Sam Shepard's True West on Broadway --- Takedowns of toxic masculinity are all the rage these days, but the way it implodes on stage in Roundabout Theatre Company's new Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's True West is positively cathartic. "What's glorious about this play is that Sam's really prepared to dig into weakness...
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...
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