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. 9, November

9/11: America's Theatres Respond; from Broadway Closings to West Coast Relief Efforts, the Catastrophe Is Reflected on U.S. Stages. (Trends & Events)
The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon reverberated throughout the nation's theatre community, as they did in every sector of American life. All across the country, at commercial and not-for-profit venues alike, productions...
Agitated in Austria: Taking the Pulse of Art and Politics at a Cutting-Edge Festival. (Postmark Vienna)
The official motto of the Vienna Festival--"Representation among Irritation"--would never put American bottoms in seats, but it somehow seemed apt for a late-summer festival of the arts in the city of Freud and Wittgenstein. The Viennese like things...
American Theatre Welcomes New Advisors. (News from TCG)
Six theatre professionals from various regions of the country have been named to American Theatre's advisory board. The advisors, who are profiled below, will offer story ideas and editorial feedback to the editors over the course of a year. Mervin...
Desert Blooms: Theatre Is Flourishing in a Southwestern Town with Deep Roots. (on the Scene: Santa Fe)
I am in Santa Fe, N.M., watching a man burn. He's a 50-foot tall papier-mache figure, standing at the top of a brown hill behind the field house in downtown Fort Marcy Park. Thousands of people surround me--the well-heeled and the ragged, packed in...
Design and the Bottom Line: For Designers, It's Harder Than Ever to Make Ends Meet. (Living for Design)
Some comforting news for worried designers toiling in the fields of the not-for-profit theatre: It is not your fault. You are not supposed to be able to make a living working in the not-for-profit theatre. At least, that is the consensus of a group...
Editor's Note
Design was the theme, and we'd chosen our cover: an unusual but oddly compelling image from the Huntington Theatre Company of Boston's The Game of Love and Chance, a visually sumptuous 1999 production that showed off the talents of all three master...
Entrances & Exits
Risa Brainin has been appointed interim artistic director at Shakespeare Santa Cruz in California. Brainin currently holds the position of associate artistic director of Missouri Repertory Theatre in Kansas City. She will begin her two-season stint...
Extended Collaboration Grants. (News from TCG)
IN THE LATEST ROUND OF EXTENDED Collaboration grants, TCG awarded $33,000 to support the creative work of seven theatres and more than 20 artists. Established in 1989, the Extended Collaboration grants enable theatres to offer expanded research...
Fierce Voices, Ancient Stones: Greeks and Romans Live Again at the Festival Teatro Clasico De Merida. (Postmark Merida)
Medea scares me. I always think, going to see it, "Do I really have to do this?" It's like going to see Shoah or such varied but emotionally rigorous plays as King Lear or Boesman and Lena or The Speed of Darkness. I always know that Shakespeare's...
From Hair to Eternity: A New Generation Visits the Original Love-Rock Musical. (Critic's Notebook)
I try to imagine walking around New York's theatre district just before Hair opened on Broadway in April 1968. The progeny of Oklahoma! were well represented by lavish fantasies of bygone eras: Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Hello, Dolly! and Man of...
Heeding the Call. (from the Executive Director)
For many of us, the new century truly began on Sept. 11, 2001. In the aftermath of that day's terrorist attacks, many in our field found themselves asking how they could continue producing plays in such a world: Why does our work matter? What is...
In Memoriam
Actor Kathleen Freeman, most recently acclaimed for her Tony-nominated performance in The Full Monty, died after a year's struggle with lung cancer. Freeman's lengthy career--begun at age 2--included various Los Angeles productions with the Circle...
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. (Front and Center)
Known best as Carrie Bradshaw--Sex and the City's sounding board on all things libidinal--Sarah Jessica Parker is now on the boards at Manhattan Theatre Club through Dec. 30. In David Lindsay-Abaire's Wonder of the World, Parker plays Cass, a woman...
Lend Us Your Ears: Their Craft, Say Six Prominent Sound Designers, Is Theatrical Storytelling, Too. (Living for Design)
THEATRICAL SOUND DESIGN ONCE CONSISTED OF SYNCHRONIZING telephone rings and doorbells with the action onstage, or chopping a cabbage in half to simulate a beheading in Richard III's court, or manipulating metal sheets offstage for a thunderous effect...
Performing Arts Educators Share Perspective. (News from TCG)
JULY MARKED THE SECOND convening of Crossing Paths: A Performing Arts Educators Forum, as TCG joined forces with American Symphony Orchestra League, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Chamber Music America, Chorus America, Dance/USA and...
Straight Shooting. (Front and Center)
The weapon: a .38-caliber revolver. The murder site: the University of Iowa campus. The gunman: a physics department graduate student so irked at the treatment of his doctoral dissertation that he opened fire on professors, students and administrators,...
The Last Word Is Hope. (Breath, Boom KIA Corthron)
LENORA INEZ BROWN: How did Breath, Boom come about? KIA CORTHRON: When I began writing this commission from the Royal Court, I was participating in New York Theatre Workshop's writing retreat at Dartmouth. We went around the room and said what we...
The Mother of All Reunions: The 12th Biennial National Black Theatre Festival Celebrates Stories of Living on the outside. (Critic's Notebook)
SUNDAY, JULY 29: I arrive at the Greensboro, N.C., airport in the rain. The day is gray, misty, sticky, equatorial. I am a bit zoned out after teaching at the Omega Institute in upstate New York. It's been a week of salad greens, tofu, millet bread,...
The Other German Ring. (Front and Center)
Last spring when Rick Davis, artistic director of the Theater of the First Amendment, scheduled a fall production of Gotthold Lessing's 1799 play Nathan the Wise, he had no idea how timely the choice would be. "We didn't forecast any sort of cataclysm,"...
The Wallace Factor. (Letters to the Editor)
Amidst all the shock, minddevastating horror and emotional pornography on TV, I heard someone ask the Poet Laureate of the U.S. for a poem he would recommend that people read as a way of coping with events. His answer was that "almost any poem" was...
They've Got the Look: A Conversation with Three Designers-Peter Kaczorowski, Thomas Lynch and Martin Pakledinaz-At the Top of Their Game. (Living for Design)
WHEN I THINK BACK TO MY EARLIEST EXPERIENCES OF THEATRE, I find myself summoning indelible visual images and captivating stage pictures. Yet as a theatre critic, I confess that over the years I've focused most on analyzing a show's script, acting...
Tresnjak Is 2001 Alan Schneider Recipient. (News from TCG)
Darko Tresnjak is the winner of this year's Alan Schneider Director Award, designed to assist mid-career freelance directors who have exhibited exceptional talent and established local or regional reputations. The award is given in recognition of the...
Whistling in the Dark. (Letters to the Editor)
It's been suggested that artists should "start the healing process" by "telling our stories." I think we kid ourselves when we believe that somehow art can make it better. Let me be clear: There is no such thing as healing after an event like this....
Who Is Neil LaBute and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things about You?: After Years of Bashing the Male of Our Species, the Playwright-Turned-Filmmaker Is Now an Equal Opportunity Offender
WRITER AND DIRECTOR NEIL LABUTE IS THE MEL BROOKS of the malicious cosmic joke. Although he was trained as a playwright, his first acclaim followed the release of In the Company of Men, a 1997 film in which two business colleagues assuage their anger...