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. 8, October

12 Directors and Designers Are Awarded NEA/TCG Grants
Twelve early-career directors and designers have been selected for the NEA/TCG Career Development Programs for Directors and Designers, administered by TCG under a cooperative agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts. The programs are designed...
7 New Plays Gain AT&T: OnStage Support
Seven theatres have been selected for AT&T: OnStage new-play production awards, totaling $500,000 in all. In addition, significant advertising and marketing support will be provided by AT&T. Since 1985, AT&T: OnStage has reflected AT&T's...
Alice Playten THAT VOICE!
The singular singing actress returns to Broadway in Seussical Every now and then, a new colleague or acquaintance will turn to Alice Playten and say, "I didn't know you sang!" Irony runs river-deep here, since Playten--with 40-plus years of work...
Alma Pater
You can trace the career of Sam Shepard as a decades-long battle with daddy. In his earliest plays (such as the 1964 The Rock Garden and the 1968 Holy Ghostly), rebellious sons engage in what Shepard suggests are inevitable Oedipal struggles. In his...
American Theatre Forms Advisory Board
Five theatre and journalism professionals from various regions of the country have been named to American Theatre's new advisory board. The advisers will offer story ideas and suggestions to the editors over the course of one year, with the aim of...
Back-to-Back Methuselah
If there is any play that evokes admiration in the abstract, while sending actual producers running for the hills, it's George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah. Nevertheless, through Nov. 14, Atlanta's Theater Emory is presenting the five-play cycle...
Blame Canada
Wait a minute! After years and years of patriarchal jokes and dismissive attitudes, American theatres are suddenly gobbling up Canadian content the way a couple of hosed hockey players might lap up a healthy serving of poutine, a case of Labatt's Blue...
Celebration Time: CDs
THE WILD PARTY, music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa, Broadway cast recording, Decca. AS DEMONSTRATED BY HIS TWO SHOWS on Broadway this past season--Lincoln Center Theater's Marie Christine and the Public Theater's The Wild Party--Michael John...
Continental Conundrums
The Bonn Biennale speaks to European union--and disunion The Bonn Biennale, the preeminent festival devoted to new European playwriting, feels a bit like a Brussels summit meeting. Playwrights of nations new and not so new joust for political gravitas....
Editor's Note
Prowling the 2000-01 Season Preview, state by state, is an exercise in anticipation. Wouldn't you like to see: Carlyle Brown's provocative new history play The Negro of Peter the Great, as staged by Kent Gash at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival?...
Entrances & Exits
The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass., has confirmed that Robert Brustein, the company's redoubtable artistic director, is stepping down after this season. Brustein has had a long and varied career in the theatre, coming to ART in 1980...
Florinel Fatulescu EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU
For a former Romanian director, the idea of a perfect society is a poisonous delusion Huddled together under a huge portrait of Joseph Stalin, a ragged madhouse chorus grotesquely mouths the words of a patriotic Soviet song boomed at them over loudspeakers....
Focus on Funders: Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation, established in 1936, is a private, nonprofit institution that serves as resource for innovative people and institutions, worldwide. Its goals are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international...
In Memoriam
Albert Takazauckas, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's best-known directors of theatre and opera, died in August at the age of 56. Takazauckas was known for his eclectic work, directing everything from classic comedies such as Light Up the Sky to...
Jazz Fables a Deux
Jazz lives!--in clubs and festivals and on disc, and also in the new-play agendas of at least two regional theatres this season. Warren Leight is not sure he wants to be known as a playwright specializing in jazz sagas. But clearly, the theme is...
Letters to the Editor
Focus ON FORNES I am shocked that Steven Drukman's article about Maria Irene Fornes ("Notes on Fornes," Sept. '00), makes no mention of Theater for the New City. Our theatre was the nurturer and developer of Irene Fornes. We commissioned and first...
On Writers and Their Whereabouts
Okay, I'm starting to get really irritated. Last winter, Broadway was briefly populated exclusively with musicals, revivals and European (read: British) plays--not a contemporary American in sight. Alas and alack, cried a New York Times writer--how...
So Much to See This Year
Dear Gertrude and Alice (Jungle Theatre, Minn.): Greetings! (Springer Opera House, Ga.) Is this a Blast from the Past (Pillsbury House Theatre, Minn.), or what? I'm just writing because this looks like a Titanic (Seacoast Rep, N.H.) season, and...
Sounds and Silence
T.S. Eliot had it almost right: In the room the women come and go, speaking of Vermeer in Tokyo. At least that's the story of Tokyo Notes, an elliptical play by playwright Hirata Oriza, which garnered Japan's foremost theatrical honor, the 39th...
Tales from a Rude Mechanical
An actor finds that a wintery, 17-city tour of 'Midsummer' bridges two worlds Last spring I landed the role of Peter Quince in the Guthrie Theater's touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. I'd worked with artistic director Joe Dowling previously...
The Good Fight
ARENA STAGE GOES ANOTHER ROUND WITH THE HEAVYWEIGHT DRAMA THAT CHANGED ALL THE RULES IN JUNE OF 1967, THE UNITED STATES SUPREME Court ruled against state laws banning interracial marriages. In July, 26 people died during race riots in Newark,...
The Medium Is the Message
The Foundry Theatre makes marketing dramatic What's the difference between a play and a book of matches? Less than you might think if you're Melanie Joseph, artistic director and de facto marketing strategist at New York's cutting-edge Foundry Theatre....
The Possession of Suzan-Lori Parks
By listening to "the figures that take up residence inside me," the playwright resurrects a lost and dangerous history--and dares audiences to venture with her into its depths 1. Voices Suzan-Lori Parks began writing novels at the age of five....
The Square's Roots
How a challenging game for 16 playwrights broke new ground When the Asian Theatre Workshop was founded in 1995 at Los Angeles's Mark Taper Forum, director Chay Yew came up with an ambitious plan: ask established and emerging playwrights to address...
Whose Adaptation Is It, Anyway?
Those who've never tried may think that adapting a classic play is simply like updating grandma's recipe for a 21st-century palate. But it's a lot more than that: Sometimes writers adapt to critique an original text, at other times, to celebrate it,...
Wilde Child
NEWS FLASH: Oscar Wilde was a momma's boy. According to C. Robert Holloway, the author of Oscar and Speranza (which receives its world premiere this month at Trumpet Vine Theatre Company in Arlington, Va.), Wilde's mommy "instilled a lifelong...