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. 18, No. 10, December

13th Biennial National Conference: The Role of Live Theatre in a Digital Culture
TCG CONVENED ITS 13TH BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE June 20-23, 2001, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The only gathering for the national not-for-profit professional theatre community, the conference was TCG's largest...
Artistic Programs
TCG'S ARTISTIC PROGRAMS ADDRESS THE DIVERSE NEEDS OF both theatre organizations and individual artists. The programs encourage risk taking, promote development of new work, enhance communication between artists and organizations and foster career development...
A Summer of Directing Dangerously: An Outspoken Director Tackles an Unsung Classic-And Some Touchy Yank-in-Britain Politics-At London's Re-Created Globe
IT WAS IN 1997 THAT MARK RYLANCE, THE CHARISMATIC YOUNG ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND leading actor of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, asked me if I would like to direct there. It was a breathtaking invitation, and I seized upon it. I would be the first...
Block That Dramaturg. (Letters to the Editor)
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, so I don't wish to argue with the array of dramaturgs Lenora Inez Brown assembled ("Night of the Living Dramaturg," Oct. '01) to blast the chapter concerning dramaturgs that the Chronicle of Higher Education...
Board President Kent Thompson
Under Ben Cameron's dynamic leadership, TCG celebrated unprecedented growth in 2000-2001. TCG membership has grown to more than 407 theatres across the United States. That growth has brought new challenges to our organization--in particular, the challenge...
Designers and Money: A Different View. (Letters to the Editor)
It is certainly true that free-lance designers face economic challenges, as Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, Susan Tsu and Dawn Chiang point out in "Design and the Bottom Line" (Nov. '01). But key errors in judgment and misstatements of fact in the article...
Do It Yourself. (Letters to the Editor)
In his article "Arts and the Media: A Strategic Complaint" (Sept. '01), Frank Rich speaks of arts groups needing to band together to take on local media and insist on equal coverage. Here in St. Cloud, a small city of about 80,000, an hour north of...
Editor's Note
Heads up, actors. Your craft--the mechanics of it, the psychology of it, the professional setting in which you practice it--is in the feature spotlight in this month's American Theatre. Not that it's an actors' issue per se. Only in Martha Hosterter's...
Entrances & Exits
D. Scott Glasser is stepping down as artistic director of Wisconsin's Madison Repertory Theatre, effective in May. Glasser has led the company since 1993 and has staged more than 30 productions there. A nationwide search is on for his successor. ...
Gloria Foster: 1936-2001. (in Memoriam)
When one celebrates Gloria Foster, one thinks first of the powerful words that critics have used to describe her: "fierce," "passionate," "magnificent," "compelling," "majestic," "full-voiced," "a thunderbolt," "unforgettable"--and my favorite comment,...
Great Singers and Songs to Match. (New CDs)
WORKING, music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor, and Mary Rodgers (music) and Susan Birkenhead (lyrics), Broadway original cast recording, Sony. THE WAIT IS OVER--WORKING IS finally our on CD. The 1978...
Heiner Muller: The Political Beast; A Never-before-Published Interview with the Late German Writer. (Profiles)
Edward Albee, John Guare and Arthur Miller, who gathered in July at the Lincoln Center Festival for a symposium on the work of Harold Pinter, were talking about the growing political bent in Pinter's later plays. "All art is political," Albee remarked...
International Programs
SINCE THE U.S. CENTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE Institute (ITI) became part of TCG in November 1999, ITI's network of 90 national centers and international meetings and programs have become more widely known to the TCG constituency. Highlights of...
Joan, Interrupted. (Berkeley, Charlotte, N.C., Evanston, Ill., New York City)
At a time when claims of "hearing the voice of God" conjure images of anti-American terrorists vowing jihad, Joan of Arc seems an unlikely heroine to monopolize the stage. Of course, audiences have historically been drawn to the feisty French visionary's...
Let There Be Light
New York City: After three years and a much anticipated $38 million renovation, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has reopened to the public at its familiar location in Lincoln Center. The institution-wide makeover, guided by Polshek...
No Splash in the Pan. (New CDs)
URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL, music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann, book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, Broadway cast recording, RCA Victor. FREEDOM--A THEME SO BASIC AND so American it would take a lot to make it look unappealing--has suffered a great blow on...
Oh, You Beautiful Dolls. (Pittsburgh, Seattle)
"I WANT MY DOLLS, MY DOLLS, MY beautiful dolls!" shrieked Patty Duke as the strung-out Neely O'Hara in the film version of Jacqueline Susann's trash bin of a novel, Valley of the Dolls. Apparently, two U.S. theatres are feeling similar withdrawal symptoms...
Perspectives on the Year: Executive Director Ben Cameron and Deputy Director Joan Channick
This annual report comes to you at a moment of great accomplishment for TCG. Fiscal year 2001 was an important one, with significant growth at TCG--growth measured not only in terms of budget and membership (now topping 407 theatres, an all-time high),...
Progress and Property
An ironic consequence of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is that Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" will generate triple its usual $200,000 in royalties this year because of the song's numerous public performances. Those royalties will go to Berlin's...
Staying Put: Is It Time to Revisit the Lost Ideal of Permanent Acting Companies?
LAST SPRING, WHEN SAN Francisco's American Conservatory Theater announced the formation of a core acting company of four for the coming season, local audiences responded with a burst of enthusiasm that caught artistic director Carey Perloff by surprise....
TCG Books
AS THE NATION'S LARGEST INDEpendent publisher of contemporary American drama and books about the theatre field, TCG is committed to disseminating the most vital theatrical work, encouraging future productions both here and abroad, and providing resources...
TCG Online
TCG'S COMPREHENSIVE WEBSITE (www.tcg.org) EXTENDS the reach of our programs and services to our membership and the general public. Use of the site, which continues to grow rapidly as we add new content and features, now averages approximately 270,000...
The Hedda Syndrome: Three Acclaimed Actresses Peer into the Psyche of Ibsen's 'Infinitely Perverse' Heroine
MOUNTING A CLASSIC IS A PROCESS OF excavation. In looking for what Strindberg called the "nut" of the drama, theatre artists sort through the detritus of past productions--the fingerprints left by the many directors, designers, actors, translators...
Twenty Questions
Director MICHAEL MAYER's production of Heather McDonald's An Almost Holy Picture is currently running at New York's Roundabout Theatre Company. What's your sign? Cancer, with Aquarius rising. I can't remember what that means, but it means something...
What If Lear's Story Were Your Story?: For Audiences in Croatia, the Play Strikes a Chord of Stark Reality. (Postmark Croatia)
For many audiences, a production of King Lear remains mostly an aesthetic experience. But during a remarkable environmentally specific performance of the play last summer, audience members squirmed as Gloucester said: "Love cools, friendship falls...