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. 25, No. 1, January

20 Questions
From Jan. 15 to Feb. 17, Two River Theater Company of Red Bank, N.J., is co-producing (with D.C.'s Folger Theater) a Macbeth conceived by Aaron Posner and TELLER, of Las Vegas magician duo Penn & Teller. The production's Teller-designed magic...
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3 Daring Women Risk the Wrath of Beckett's Estate in NYC Productions
NEW YORK CITY: Three female theatre artists who famously had disputes with the Samuel Beckett estate are returning to his plays in New York this month. Director Deborah Warner and actor Fiona Shaw disgorge a torrent of Beckett's words in the National...
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Actors and Money
The late great director Garland Wright described theatre as "the shared act of imagining between actor and audience." In his principles of leadership as artistic director of Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater he wrote: "Theatre is not a place or a thing...
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Albee Sizes Up the Dark Vast: Older, Wiser and as Prolific as Ever, the Much-Honored Playwright Still Chooses His Words with Immaculate Care
On March 12, 2008, playwright Edward Albee will mark his 80th birthday. With four major productions in New York City and environs during the current season, however, he doesn't have much time to focus on it. "Some people are going to believe that I...
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Denver, Colo.: Texas Holds Him
IN HIS MIND, San Francisco-based playwright Octavio Solis is always in El Paso, Tex. No matter where he sets his plays, his native border town and the Southwest are the inspiration. That includes his latest, Lydia, commissioned by Denver Center Theatre...
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Dream Homes
AROUND THE COUNTRY: This past fall a striking number of companies raised curtains on new or renovated spaces--the key, for some, to controlling their destinies. In Washington, D.C., Shakespeare Theatre Company cut the ribbon for a second theatre at...
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Editor's Note
It was 1966, I was 18 years old, and my new hero was a far-off, far-out playwright named Edward Albee. My infatuation had begun on a high school graduation trip to New York City the year before, when I witnessed John Gielgud's soaring performance in...
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Fly Me to the Moon: In Fiercely Independent Iceland, Women's Issues Get Vivid Attention
Iceland is a quirky place. The island nation, whose population is a scant 300,000, boasts a curiously cross-pollinated mix of cultures. The arts scene in Iceland's capital city is deeply hip, divinely a la mode and even eco-friendly (a global trend...
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For Working Actors, the Readiness Is All: Actors in Search of Their Distinctive Voices Create a New Brew from Ingredients They've Gathered over Time
There is no more exhilarating or powerful feeling than being in The Zone, where the actor's work pours perfectly, effortlessly onto the stage in a consummate alignment of moment, performer, role, craft, heart and audience. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
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Hamlet: Actors Guild of Lexington
Richard St. Peter, DIRECTOR: I consider myself a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to Shakespeare--I like bare stages and minimal sets, the kind of production that allows the audience and the actors to confront each other and focus on the words....
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January 08 on Stage
Here's what's playing this month at TCG theatres nationwide. For the most up-to-date information about performance schedules, contact the theatre or visit Theatre Profiles online: www.tcg.org/profiles. ALABAMA Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery,...
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Jay Scheib: Riding a Different Circuit; the Experimental Director Is Making a Name for Himself outside the Traditional Resident Theatre Network
Important things to know about director Jay Scheib: Born: 1969, Shenandoah, Iowa. Occupation: associate professor in music and theatre arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Number of productions slated for 2008: five, three of them world premieres,...
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Jerry Herman, Show Tune Ace
AROUND THE COUNTRY: Why the new documentary Words and Music by Jerry Herman isn't part of the series "American Masters" only the powers-that-be at PBS can answer. Airing nationwide Jan. 1 on public TV (check local listings), Amber Edwards's affectionate...
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Live Long and Prosper: How the National New Play Network Is Bolstering the Continued, Healthy Lives of Plays
The Challenge: There's a bug going around American theatre. Perhaps you know someone who's had a case of it--maybe you've even experienced a bout of it yourself. The technical term for this malady is workshopitis. Symptoms include a new play that...
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Los Angeles: Pop Politics
"Emo bands are essentially guys in their late twenties singing about the girl that broke their heart when they were 14," says writer-director Alex Timbers, whose upcoming "emo musical" depicts a rock-star-like celebrity seething with fragile ego and...
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Los Angeles: Songs for a Fake Confederate Soldier
The Geffen Playhouse's first-ever original musical, Atlanta, was born over a sink full of dirty dishes. "About six or seven years ago I was down in Austin writing for the Dixie Chicks," says Grammy-winning composer Marcus Hummon. "I met Adrian Pasdar...
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Madness in the Methods? Companies in New York and Texas Take on a Plethora of Techniques in Workshop Productions about Actor Training
IF YOU'VE EVER had to walk like a manatee or dance like a giraffe, chances are it was in acting class. Think back. Did your high school teacher, a misunderstood soul who wore all black, throw fits during tech rehearsals? Did you secretly admire your...
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Marcel Marceau: 1923-2007
IN 1969, when I was 19, I was invited by Marcel Marceau to attend the first school he directed, L'Ecole Internationale de Mime in Paris. For the next 40 years I would follow Marceau, often watching him perform from the backstage wings. As a teacher...
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New Faces in Swedish Drama: Beyond Pippi Longstocking
OREBRO, SWEDEN: Besides encountering a concentrated dose of new Swedish theatre, the best reason to attend the Swedish Theatre Biennial is to take this Scandinavian country's social, cultural and political pulse. The five-day event, organized by the...
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On Writing as Transgression: Teachers of Young Playwrights Need to Turn Them into Dangerous Citizens
Writing for the theatre is at its best an act of transgression--and as teachers of playwrights, we should encourage our students to step over the line, redraw the line, erase the line, even multiply the lines so that we sit up, step forward, strike...
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Ready, Set, Act
After focusing last January on the seldom-explored landscape of theatre-management training, and the year before on the invaluable practice of mentoring in the field, American theatre returns in its annual special section, approaches to theatre training,...
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Rising above the Radar
NEW YORK CITY: Something subtly political is afoot among the bevy of new theatrical efforts being tracked by Under the Radar Festival 2008, which takes place Jan. 9-20 at the Public Theater. Artists' points of view seem to have gotten testier, thornier,...
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Shaping the Independent Actor: 8 Master Acting Teachers Investigate the Crucial Balance between Classroom Rigor and Personal Discovery
Over the course of the past year, I have had the unique opportunity of sitting down, my tape recorder in hand, and conducting a series of in-depth interviews with eight extraordinary teachers of acting. I was initially interested in simply recording...
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Sondheim in the Heartland
FAIRFIELD, IOWA: Stephen Sondheim's city of birth, New York, has been good to him. So how come the first American theatre to bear his name isn't on the Great White Way, but instead in ... Iowa? How the new 522-seat Stephen Sondheim Center for the...
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Swedish Provocateur: Dramatist Lars Noren Raises Hackles, Eyebrows and Consciences at Home-And Soon in the U.S.; New Faces in Swedish Drama
Eventually the conversation turns to faith. "Do you believe in God?" the Swedish dramatist and director Lars Noren asks me. Tendrils of cigarette smoke rise to meet the short respite that follows. Dark electronic music, firmly rooted in rock grooves,...
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