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SITI Company’s Trojan Women and the Boston Bombings

Lauren Thomas Contemporary Drama Ilana Brownstein 21 April 2013 SITI Company’s Trojan Woman (After Euripides) As the title suggests, SITI Company’s Trojan Woman (After Euripides) seeks to contemporize Euripides’ play centuries after it was first performed in 415 BC. The SITI Company was founded by Trojan Woman’s director, Anne Bogart, and Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. […]

Ontheboards.tv presents…El Gallo!

El Gallo, a production by Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes, has been described as an “opera for actors.” It tells the story of a group of singers and their director who face their fears and overcome obstacles as they struggle to rehearse a new work in just two weeks. Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes is a Mexican […]

A chance for class discussion…

I was glad to read Ciera’s post Is Forgiveness a Greater Act For Man, especially as we’re on lock down in our homes. With the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the defeat of the background check plan in Senate, the killings and violence at the protest in Caracas, the explosion in Texas, plus numerous other awful […]

Love for Boston from NYC

I’m sure everyone has seen at least one of these images, as they have been posted all over facebook and twitter. I thought it was important to include these in the blog, since it shows simple ways that simple “acts of art” can help join communities in times of need. These two projections, along with […]

Coughing audiences during live performances…

So I came across this interesting NPR article about why audiences seem to cough more in live theater performances as opposed to movies. The author, Alva Noe, wrote of two instances in which performers actually lashed out at those audience members who were coughing, ordering them to leave the theater. One instance happened at the […]

Backstage stops all posting of further theatre reviews

After HowlRound’s week-long focus on the art of being a theater critic, I found it really interesting to see HowlRound retweet that Backstage will no longer be posting theater reviews. In the article, Backstage to Halt All Theater Reviews, its author Colin Mitchell (actor/writer/director/producer) explained how the reviews were stopping because no one reads them anymore. […]

Hit the Wall at the Barrow Street Theatre

Last night, I saw Hit the Wall, a new play by Ike Holter which was first presented by The Inconvenience at The Garage at Steppenwolf in Chicago, IL. In the program, The Inconvenience is described as “a community of interdisciplinary artists who seek to create a new way of experiencing art through a collaboration of music, […]

What’s happening with our audiences?

This past week, I saw a mixture of audiences while watching the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Lang Lang, and Davis Square Theatre’s The Irish and How They Got That Way. I was interested in the age range and racial diversity (or lack of), and my mind was ticking away as to what we can do to […]

“The scene is memory…” ART’s Glass Menagerie

Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie was the play that made me want to enter into the world of theatre, so I’ve read the play multiple times, but have never seen a full production of it. I saw it when I was 8 years old with my Grandmother at a theatre near my home, but had to […]

Seth MacFarlane and Lena Dunham

I didn’t get to watch the Oscars, but after all the buzz I heard about MacFarlane’s hosting, I went to youtube to check out the controversial “We Saw your Boobs” number. Because of all the negativity about the number, I was anticipating something…well, much more offensive. When famous Hollywood actresses turn themselves into sex objects […]

Violence in the theatre…

I came across this picture on facebook of Marina Abramovic, and was immediately drawn to her painfully sad expression. The description of the photo explains a performance art piece she did in the 70s in which she allowed people to do anything to her for 6 straight hours, with “72 objects one could use in pleasing […]

Q&A with Albee

So I came across this interview with Edward Albee, and although we’ve studied the man in depth, I’m still surprised by his…well, let’s say forwardness? In the interview, he was asked questions about the current broadway production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? However, he seemed to avoid the questions, responding instead in ways which challenge the […]

You For Me For You response…

You for Me for You by Mia Chung premiered this past November at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and now explores its second production at Company One in Boston. The play explores two fictional North Korean sisters’ journey leaving their isolated country, in the midst of starvation and illness. Through Chung’s play with language, time, […]

The Most Massive Woman Wins at our school! (*spoiler alert)

Wednesday, I got a chance to see four of our classmates in the show The Most Massive Woman Wins. I wasn’t really in the mood for an interactive audience experience, so when they began by telling us only 2-3 people could enter the room at a time, I wasn’t too excited. But, when I entered […]

Thanksgiving spirit…engaging outside the theatre

  As I was waiting for my train home to Philly for the Thanksgiving holiday, this young man with a suitcase stood in front of the 60 or so of us, announcing that he needed money for a bus home for the holiday. This is a story many of us have heard before, so some […]

Play-reading of Will Carter’s play, Dirty!

I had the pleasure of participating in a play reading of our classmate, Will Carter’s short play, Dirt. It was luck that I got to read to Will’s play, but the matinee today was for the CFA theater seniors, grad directors, and playwrights from the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. For a short hour, we broke into […]

“Our agenda is dialogue”: The Republican Theater Festival

I saw this post on twitter that linked me to an article with the founder of The Republican Theater Festival, Cara Blouin, and was incredibly intrigued. The article contained a link to RTF’s website, at which you can view 3 YouTube videos expanding upon the festival and its message. One video interviews a conservative playwright, another […]

blog post for BPT

Hi everyone! So I was asked to write a blog post for Boston Playwrights’ Theatre about my experience working on The Sussman Variations, which officially opens tomorrow night. My post will probably appear on the Playwrights’ Perspective blog next week, but I thought I’d share what I wrote… In theatre school, I’ve been exposed to a […]

To further expand on The Orphan of Zhao at the RSC

As Olivia wrote in her post, there has been controversy over the Royal Shakespeare Company’s casting of The Orphan of Zhao, originally written in the 13th century by Chinese dramatist, Ji Junxiang. If you go to the Asian American Performer’s Action Coalition facebook page, you will see a post entitled AAPAC protests RSC with links […]

Teresa Eyring’s “The Ripple Effect”

American Theatre Magazine November issue! Seriously, guys, the student subscription is super cheap and it’s really interesting to read each month. An article that struck me was entitled “The Ripple Effect” by the executive director, Teresa Eyring, discussing her experience with Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Party People. Party People is a multi-media piece, incorporating spoken-word, music, and […]