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. 19, No. 8, October

12 Directors and Designers Awarded NEA/TCG Grants. (News from TCG).(National Endowment of the Arts/Theater Communications Group)
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...
Adam Rapp: Dark Passages. (Season Preview 2002-03).(theatre New York) <Subdivision>(theater review)</Subdivision>
You think you've got troubles? You should be a character in an Adam Rapp play. Seeing one of this prolific 34-year-old New Yorker's dramas--in some cases, even hearing a cursory plot summary--can be enough to convince you that there's been an angel...
Alice Tuan: Butting Heads with Power. (Season Preview 2002-03).(4 Days in Red Gulch at Mark Taper Forum's New York Festival)(Brief Article)
Alice Tuan recalls two defining childhood moments that directed her toward writing: being forced to sir through Chinese operas ("I inevitably fell asleep after the first 40 minutes") and seeing her first Broadway show, Beatlemania (to which she...
Annie Weisman: Writing into the Void. (Season Preview 2002-03).(be Aggressive/Hold Please)(Brief Article)
When Southern California playwright Annie Weisman was asked for permission to include her play Be Aggressive in an anthology, The Best Plays by Women 2001, she turned the offer down, explaining, "I don't recognize myself as a woman writer. I recognize...
Art Will Out: Can We Put the Art Back in Our Arts Institutions?(theatrical Companies, United States)(Statistical Data Included)
THE DEEPEST ESSENCE OF THEATRE IS THE CONNECTION of the actor to the audience. You do not need sets, lights, costumes or even a stage to create this connection or to create theatre; you just need an actor speaking to an audience. We tend to think...
Boys to Men. (Front and Center). <Subdivision>(theater review)</Subdivision>
WHEN MART CROWLEY'S THE BOYS in the Band premiered its shrill symphony in 1968, the play gave mainstream audiences their first voyeuristic glance into the sordid private lives of gay men. Attending a birthday party atop the roof of a posh Manhattan...
Coming Soon to a Website near You: A Facelift, a Flock of New Features and the Return of Theatre Profiles.(Theatre Communications Group)(Brief Article)
There's a new face greeting visitors to TCG's website these days--a face offering easier-to-find information and a wealth of new features. The new TCG website, which went live last month after a massive overhauling, paves the way for upcoming innovations...
Editor's note.(Editorial)
Who are the seven people on the cover of this month's American Theatre, and why are they smiling? They're writers, first and foremost--up-and-coming writers at the beginning of exciting careers in the American theatre. We chose them to represent...
Entrances &Amp; Exits
Roberta Uno, founder and former artistic director of New World Theater, of Amherst, Mass., will join the Ford Foundation as program officer for arts and culture in late September. After 23 years with New World, Uno is taking a leave of absence from...
Eric Coble: Moral Outrage Can Be Funny. (Season Preview 2002-03).(brief Article)
To hear Eric Coble describe his childhood--he spent his formative years on the Navaho and Ute reservations of New Mexico and Colorado--one envisions a 10-year-old boy's paradise: With the open desert as a stomping ground, he could be anyone from...
Greenberg's Got Game: A Master Playwright Swings for the Fences with a Socially Conscious Baseball play.(Take Me out by Richard Greenberg)(Interview)
LAST CENTURY BEGAN TINGED WITH AN OPTIMISM ALIEN TO TODAY'S JADED BASEBALL FANS. TO QUOTE A 1901 ISSUE OF 'BASEBALL MAGAZINE': "THOMAS JEFFERSON, when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, made proper provision for baseball when he declared...
High Season in a Low Country: Holland Has More Summer Festivals Than You Can Shake a Tulip at. (Postmark Holland).(theatre, Dance, Music and Street art)(Statistical Data Included)
In the 17th century, Holland went crazy for tulips. Speculators traded in tulip bulbs; prices for rare varieties skyrocketed; fortunes were won and, when the market collapsed, inevitably lost. In one case, in 1636, a speculator paid 4600 forms,...
Javon Johnson: When an Actor Writes. (Season Preview 2002-03).(runaway Home at Studio Theatre, Washington D.C. and Atlanta's Horizon Theatre)(Brief Article)
On sight you might mistake him for an athlete--albeit one with a mischievous and lively intelligence dancing in his eyes--rather than a playwright. But despite the reputation he's gained for his forceful and sensitive plays, Javon Johnson considers...
Jonathan Tunick Finding the Fit: America's Best-Known Orchestrator Marries the Musical Sounds to the Story. (Profiles).(theatre Music orchestration)(Interview)
Ever wondered what South Pacific's "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame" would sound like rearranged as a stripper number? To find out, you'd need to hire a studio orchestrator or arranger, someone who could follow a nutty concept for an album. But if...
Karen Hartman: Structure and Rebellion. (Season Preview 2002-03).(brief Article)
I have an anachronistic streak, but I'm forward-looking," Karen Hartman muses as she sips an intimidatingly healthy bottled juice concoction in a sleepy cafe not too far from her Brooklyn residence. That dichotomy of qualities--a dual interest in...
Let Go of the Pole. (from the Executive Director).(theater)(Brief Article)
Welcome to yet another Season Preview issue, our annual overview of programming choices from around the country. This year, as in the past, you will find a heady mix of classics, community-based work and new plays. Shakespeare, as usual, leads the...
More Popular Than Freshie. (Front and Center). <Subdivision>(theater review)</Subdivision>
From his home in Toronto, Michael Healey can tell when an American theatre starts rehearsing his play The Drawer Boy. Invariably, Yank directors e-mail to ask about Freshie, a product that one of the characters mentions. "Freshie is Canadian...
Myung Hee Cho Natural Minimalist: In Her Stage Designs, Simplicity Is the Keynote of Elegance. (Profiles).(36 Views and Lackawanna Blues)(Interview)
Before a single word is uttered, Myung Hee Cho's designs have already revealed the essence of Naomi Iizuka's 36 Views. In the silent opening interlude, actress Liana Pai sheds her layers of kimono, each filmy affectation unveiled slowly in a polychromatic...
Robert Whitehead: 1916-2002. (in Memoriam).(Brief Article)(Obituary)
Robert Whitehead departed this world in June, leaving a diminished and saddened theatre community. He was a great producer, probably the greatest theatre producer of 20th-century America. He was also a splendid human being. I had an unabashed...
Rogelio Martinez: Losses and Gains. (Season Preview 2002-03).(arrivals and Departures at Cuban American Repertory Theatre, Miami)(Brief Article)
As nine-year-old Rogelio Martinez got ready for the Mariel boatlift that would take him from Cuba to the United States, he was told that he, his mother Teresita and his aunt were going first to America and that his father Wilfredo would follow in...
Season Preview 2002-03: A Comprehensive Listing of Productions, Dates and Directors at TCG Theatres nationwide.(Statistical Data Included)
HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE: The authors of this seasons two most-produced plays--New York-based playwrights DAVID AUBURN and CLAUDIA SHEAR--had never met when American Theatre brought them together in August for a shoot at photographer David Corio's...
Season Preview 2002-03. (A-G)
Alabama ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Montgomery, (800)841-4273 www.asf.net Vesta Festival of the Southern Writer's Project. Feb 10-16. Festival Stage: Brighton Beach Memoirs Neil Simon; dir: Jane Page. Oct 15-Nov 10. A Christmas...
Season Preview 2002-03. (H-M)
Hawaii HONOLULU THEATRE FOR YOUTH (808) 839-9855 www.htyweb.org Leeward Theatre: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, book and lyrics: Judith Viorst; music: Shelly Markman; dir: Mark Lutwak. Thru Oct 6. The...
Season Preview 2002-03. (N-P)
Nebraska NEBRASKA REPERTORY THEATER Lincoln (402) 472-2073 www.unl.edu/rep Summer Season TBA. Jul-Aug. NEBRASKA THEATRE CARAVAN Omaha (402) 553-4890 www.omahaplayhouse.com On tour: The Brave Little Princess, Cork Ramer;...
Season Preview 2002-03. (R-W)
Rhode Island THE PERISHABLE THEATRE Providence (401) 331-2695 www.perishable.org Mainstage: My Baby, adapt: Erik Ehn in collaboration with the students of the International Institute of Rhode Island; dir: Vanessa Gilbert. Thru Oct...
Similarities, Not Differences. (Letters to the Editor)
Exactly one month after Sept. 11 ("The View from Here," Sept. '02), during a sermon at our Unitarian church, my wife and I were reminded by a speaker just how many gay people had been killed that horrible day. We were disheartened. For one bittersweet...
Some Immoderate Thoughts on the Training of Actors. (Commentary).(Brief Article)
What do Joan Allen, Cherry Jones, Alfre Woodard, Ian McKellen, Danny Glover and Johnny Depp all have in common? Besides the fact that they have acquired fame, fortune and the respect of their peers, these stars of stage and screen are known for...
TCG Board Adds 4 Members. (News from TCG).(Theatre Communications Group)(Brief Article)
FOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS HAVE been elected to serve four-year terms on TCG's board of directors. The new members are: Carol Brown, who is a director of Mellon Financial Services Corporation and a consultant to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. From...
The Devil Made Them Do It: God and Satan Square off on Scientific Grounds in Dell'Arte's 21st-Century Paradise Lost. <Subdivision>(theater review)</Subdivision>
ONE MARK OF GREAT POETRY IS ITS ability to transcend the time in which it was written. That goes double for English poet John Milton's Paradise Lost, as reen-visioned by the Dell'Arte Company of Blue Lake, Calif. In their ambitious new stage adaptation...
The Joint Is Jitterbuggin'. (Front and Center).(Little Ham at John Houseman Theatre) <Subdivision>(theater review)</Subdivision>
It sounds like a surefire recipe for unalloyed joy: the little show that raises the roof--about a motley group of Harlem little guys who outfox the Mob. Little Ham, an Off-Broadway musical with a pedigree from New Jersey's George Street Playhouse...
Twenty Questions: Playwright Nicky Silver Adapted the Book of Rodgers and Hart's the Boys from Syracuse for Its Current Revival at Roundabout Theatre Company in New York.(Interview)
What's your sign? Sagittarius, although I do nor follow such things. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Wynnewood, a suburb of Philadelphia. I would share details but I have repressed my childhood almost completely. Before becoming...
What's Opera, Doc? (Front and Center).(MotherBone at Salvage Vanguard Theater) <Subdivision>(opera review)</Subdivision>
"It's the project that will probably kill us," jokes Salvage Vanguard Theater's Jason Neulander about MotherBone, a modern take on the Russian legend of the Baba Yaga witch that the Austin-based company will premiere this Halloween. Well, that's...