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. 17, No. 9, November

All in the Timing
When Mike Nussbaum telephoned me for this interview, my phone rang at 11 a.m. on the dot. Not 11:01. Not 10:59. "Punctuality is one of my great strengths. I drive people up the wall with it," says the 76-year-old actor, through pixilated giggles. "I...
An American Writer, Lost (and Found) in Latvia
It is the middle of the night, and I'm on a plane, dreaming 35,000 feet above the earth. In my dream, I'm a sixth grader in the tiny town in Kansas where I grew up. Richard Nixon is president. Walter Cronkite is on television reporting daily casualties...
Are We Not Jews?
Such questions may still confound, but several new-generation theatre writers have answers ready "I love being Jewish," declares the fierce, wiry performance artist Deb Margolin in her kinetic 1996 solo piece Oh, Wholly Night and Other Jewish Solecisms....
Crumbs from the Global Table
Who's depriving American audiences of the great foreign-language theatre of the world? We theatre folk--even we in New York--live in an economy of scarcity To find this out all you have to do is visit Avignon in the summer, Paris in the fall and...
Don't Monkey with Whitmore
Talk about the perfect fit. Start with historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., where President Lincoln was assassinated. Add the celebrated Lawrence and Lee drama Inherit the Wind, based on an exciting slice of American history, the Scopes "Monkey...
Editor's Note
The subject of this month's lead-off special section--the intersection of theatre and religion--is a provocative one, and its appearance seems an ideal occasion to give American Theatre readers a new forum in which to explore the subject in depth....
Editor's Note
The subject of this month's lead-off special section--the intersection of theatre and religion--is a provocative one, and its appearance seems an ideal occasion to give American Theatre readers a new forum in which to explore the subject in depth....
Entrances & Exits
New York's Vineyard Theatre has a new managing director: Bardo Ramirez, former general manager of the Atlantic Theater Company. At Manalapan's Florida Stage, Nancy Barnett, a 14-year member of the company, assumes the position of managing director....
First-Time Artistic Directors Convene
The summer of 2000 marked another first for TCG: the inaugural meeting of the New Artistic Leader Institute (NALI), held in Ashland, Ore., at a retreat near the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The Institute was conceived as a response to the lack of...
Letters to the Editor
A LEGACY UNRECOGNIZED I have just read Ben Cameron's "On Writers and Their Whereabouts" (Oct. '00) and, while I agree with his sentiment--that American playwriting is alive and well--I'm appalled by his omission of New Dramatists. I know that...
Michael Maggio: 1951-2000
Michael Maggio, a prominent member of the Chicago theatre community, died in August of complications from post-transplant lymphoma. He was the artistic director of the Northlight Theatre for three years before becoming associate artistic director of...
Myth in the Making
HALL BARTON AND THE DENVER CENTER DISCOVER POTENT NEW DIMENSIONS IN AN AGE-OLD EPIC ONLY A DIRECTOR ACCUSTOMED TO perpetuating myths as often as he explodes them would dare predict that his most challenging project to date--an unwieldy, untested,...
Pilgrims' Progress
CHRISTIAN THEATRE ARTISTS SEEK EXCELLENCE--AND SALVATION--ONSTAGE A 150-FOOT WHITE CROSS LOOMS UP from the forested slopes above the Ridgecrest Conference Center, outside Asheville, N.C. If you were among the 500 or so theatre folk at the Christians...
The Board Bargain
The creation and maintenance of truly effective boards of directors has become an urgent priority for many TCG theatres. More and more, we receive calls asking about board recruitment, about board committee structures, about effective strategies in...
The Power and the Glory
Times are changing at the world's most famous--and infamous-passion play Despite its monumental scale, its cast and crew of literally thousands and its ticket prices more in line with Broadway than Bavaria, the 40th edition of Germany's Oberammergau...
THE SPIRIT AND THE FLESH: Christianity, Judaism and Theatre
HOW ARE RELIGION AND THEATRE RELATED? These are some of the questions that inspired this month's special section "The Spirit and the Flesh: Christianity, Judaism and Theatre." These articles and interviews offer a wide range of perspectives--from...
The Wrestling Season
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Laurie Brooks's plays for young audiences have been produced at theatres and festivals across the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Her awards include a John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award from the New England...
Writing Religion: Is God a Character in Your Plays?
I've always believed that religion and theatre have an almost interchangeable effect on the soul. When a play or production works, and I mean really works, one's spirit is uplifted and all that is confused seems clearer. Call it a cliche, but the experience...