American Theatre

American Theatre is a magazine containing news, features and opinions on American and international theatre. Published six times a year by the Theatre Communications Group, this periodical was founded in 1984.Subjects for American Theatre include drama and theatre. Nicole Estvanik Taylor is the Managing Editor and Jim O' Quinn is the Editor-in-Chief.

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 2, February

20 Questions
Carla Gugino began acting in film and television at age 13, and only began a stage career in earnest with 2004's Broadway revival of After the Fall. She has since appeared on the Great White Way in Desire Under the Elms (a transfer from Chicago's Goodman...
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A Camp-Free Carrie?
Canadian-born director Stafford Arima can trace the exact start of his Carrie fascination: a Saturday matinee of the notoriously short-lived Broadway musical on April 30, 1988, when he was 19 years old. But it wasn't until 20 years later, after Arima...
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A Crisis and a Blessing: Artists under Attack in Bangladesh Find Protection and a New Theatrical Voice by Returning to Their Roots
TO BE A THEATRE ARTIST IN BANGLADESH MEANS also to be art activist. Almost everywhere in the world, economic reality dictates char theatre must struggle to create its own space in society. But in Bangladesh, theatre also faces threats and attack from...
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After the War: Iraqi Theatre Artists Forge Ahead-And Reach for Global Connections-In a Cautious, Still-Fragile Country
"THEATRE IS IN OUR BLOOD," SAYS WALEED Shamil, assistant professor of theatre at Baghdad University. "We can't do anything else." That kind of determination has proven essential in a country where, after nearly nine years of war and occupation by...
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An Ode to the Earth
IN HIS 2006 DOCUMENTARY An Inconvenient Truth, former vice President Al Gore called global warming a "moral issue." Steve Cosson, artistic director of New York-based theatre company the Civilians, is inclined to agree with that sentiment. "Climate...
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Ari Roth Heated Dialogue: Theater J's Honcho Just Wants Keep the Conversation Going-And Nothing Gets People Talking like Plays from, and about, the Middle East
MAYBE IT'S THE TEMPERATURE, MAYBE IT'S the politics--but there's something about plays from the Midd1e East, Ask An Roth, artistic director of Theater J in Washington, D.C., who has produced more plays from that region than any other theatre artist...
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Creation under Occupation: In the Aftermath of Its Founder's Killing, Palestine's Freedom Theater Is Re-Introducing Itself to the World
New York City-based playwright Ismail Khalidi is on the board of the Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theater. Playwright Naomi Wallace, who has been to Palestine numerous times since 2002, first visited the Freedom Theater in March 2020, on a trip sponsored...
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Good Moves
NEW YORK CITY: The last few years of recession have brought plenty of bad tidings concerning theatre closures, bankruptcies and crises. But not all theatrical real estate news is grim these days. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Consider the happy ending...
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Greeks Bearing Lifts
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Aquila Theatre, based in New York City and focused on performing classics from Sophocles to Ibsen, has taken its repertoire on the road, sans costumes and set. In a program called Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives, readings of Greek classics...
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I'll Meet You in the Deep, Dark Woods
PAIGE ROGERS COULDN'T believe her eyes and ears. There she was at a UCLA Live performance by the fabled experimental Polish troupe Teatr ZAR--and suddenly, unexpectedly, all her preconceptions about storytelling in the theatre were evaporating into...
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Journeys in Xiamen: Delegates to the 2011 ITI World Congress in China Talk about the Impact of a Landmark Meeting
THIS PAST SEPT. 19-24, FOR THE FIRST TIME, China played host to the International Theatre Institute World Congress. arid TCC led a delegation of 13 U.S. theatre professionals at the event. ITI is the world's largest arts organization, co-founded by...
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Listening to the Women of Uganda: Gulu District Is a Long Way from Denver, but Not beyond the Reach of Theatre
September 19, 2011 WHAT IS A MILD-MANNERED, MID-CAREER, BORDERLINE geeky dramaturg from Denver, Colo.--that's me--doing in Uganda, of all places? Let me explain. Two years ago the Denver Center Theatre Company, where I work, chose Lynn Nottage's...
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Natsu Onoda Power Cartoon Dreams: The One Thing You Can Count on in This Polymath's Productions Is Surprise
PLAYS RARELY ASK THEATREGOERS TO IMPERsonate wild boars. But this past summer, a world premiere at the Davis Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., did just that. At the beginning of The Omnivore's Dilemma, a dramatization of (improbably enough)...
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Once in a Lifetime: American Conservatory Theater
Mark Rucker, DIRECTION: This is a play I have loved since I was a teenager. I found my may to it via Moss Hart's autobiography, Act One. I fell in love with Once in a Lifetime because I hive a passion for early Hollywood fi1ms. The play is very much...
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On Global Citizenship
Last June, Theatre Communications Group kicked off a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary. Throughout this year, TCG will explore and celebrate four core values that are important to its own work and to the work of the theatre field: artistry,...
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On Global Citizenship
MAGAZINES THINK IN CYCLES, AND AT AMERICAN THEATRE, THE YEAR'S MOST CONCENTRATED coverage of international theatre usually comes in the May/June issue. "On Taking Work Abroad" was the topic of a cluster of articles in 2011; the year before, a chorus...
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(Re)appearing Act
Theatrical common sense dictates that a company's first show is often heavy on enthusiasm but chock full of rookie misfires. That wasn't the case for the House Theatre of Chicago's Death and Harry Houdini, which bowed as the group's first production...
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Sons of the Prophet
Modes of Compassion An interview with the playwright BY JON ROBIN BAITZ Which playwrights or plays influenced you as a young playwright? Did you actually make a decision to become one? I never made a conscious decision to be a playwright,...
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'The Earth Is My Drum'
THE GRANDMOTHERS IN THIS photograph have seen their children killed, their grandchildren abducted and transformed into killers, and their lives shredded during 20 years of war in northern Uganda. Too impoverished to afford a drum, one grandmother plays...
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The 'Pentagon Papers' Chase
LOS ANGELES AND CHINA: The story told by the Pentagon Papers-the massive government-conducted study of the USA's entanglement with Vietnam between 1940 and 1967-is rich and complicated enough by itself, but the tale of its confidential creation and...
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The Performer in the Photograph on the Cover
HE PERFORMER IN THE PHOTOGRAPH ON THE COVER OF this issue is a woman whose name we do not know. She appears in a play called A Day in Our Country, created by an Iraqi street-theatre troupe called Al Mada. The performance takes place under a bombed-out...
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Thinking Globally
American Theatre asked our 11,000-plus Facebook followers what global citizenship means to them as theatre people. Here are some of their responses. TIM COLLINGWOOD: Knowing what is going on in the world, so as a theatre person I know how to respond...
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Tweet Seats? Really?! What Happens When Mobile Devices Get in on the Act?
REMEMBER THE DARK AGES? WHEN THE GLOW of cell phones didn't dot cinemas and theatres? That time, not So long ago, when "texting" wasn't a verb and "tweeting" referred to the sounds birds make? When phones weren't smart but (sometimes) their users were?...
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Vaclav Havel: 1936-2011
The world has lost a great 1eader--Vic1av Ravel, one of the finest political philosophers and humanitarians of the 20th century. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What the world may not realize is that it has also lost a great playwright. The Czech dissident...
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Various Cities, Afghanistan
"When I'm performing on stage and singing for the people, the feeling of freedom comes to my soul." These are the words of Setara Hussainzada, one of four Contestants profiled in the 2009 documentary Afghan Star, about a wildly popular televised singing...
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When Clothes Made the Woman
NEW YORK CITY: Before the mass media came along to instruct us who to admire and what to buy, the popular stage was doing its part as a trend-setter. "The theatre is what people did," says Michele Majer, assistant professor of European and American...
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When Horizons Expand
As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this.--Paul Robeson WHEN TCG RECENTLY REVISITED ITS CORE organizational values, global citizenship emerged as a principle that demanded...
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Women Making Waves: Surrounded (but Mostly Untouched) by the Upheaval of the Arab Spring, Algerian Theatre Is Poised to Enjoy Its Own Quiet Revolution
LAST YEAR'S ARAB SPRING SEEMED TO SPREAD like wildfire, hopping from country to country in North Africa and the Middle East. Its afterglow ignited protests in Europe, the U.S. and China--far from the birthplace of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution. Algeria,...
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