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. 28, No. 7, September

20 Questions
In 1983, the year Tennessee Williams died, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles held a literary cabaret in conjunction with its revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Playing young Tennessee in that cabaret was actor/writer JEREMY LAWRENCE, Who has since...
Amiri Baraka
The idea that Tennessee Williams's work was apolitical is one of those canards meant to make great artists neutral in the world according to a willfully shallow measure that seeks to disconnect all art from the world--especially great art--so the rulers...
An Alaskan Satellite
JUNEAU and ANCHORAGE, ALASKA: It takes almost two hours and 600 "air miles" to get from Juneau to Anchorage. And thanks to Alaska's roundabout roads, driving there takes almost 10 times as long. Nevertheless, the aptly named Perseverance Theatre is...
Apt Tales: Art on a Hilltop
"Randy [co-founder Randall Duk Kim] didn't want APT to be near a major city. He wanted to create a culture of avid theatregoers out of everyday people. He believed that having a classical theatre in America's heartland was actually important. And it...
Arthur Laurents:1917-2011
* At this year's Tony Awards, Tyne Daly introduced the ceremony's memoriam segment by citing a huge loss to the American theatre: Arthur Laurents. She talked about "the need for recognition" that characterizes Laurents's masterwork Gypsy. Certainly,...
Balancing Act: Chloe Bronzan and Jessica Powell Are Both Equity Actresses
whose significant others also happen to be Equity actors. As the quartet of friends pursued their careers together, the couples noticed a disturbing fact--the women worked markedly less than their partners and couldn't find enough roles to earn them...
Free for All
MINNEAPOLIS: "The only cash that should be in the lobby is for concessions," says Jack Reuler, founding artistic director of Mixed Blood Theatre, which kicks off its "Radical Hospitality" initiative this month with its season-opening production of...
Getting It Right: Things Are Going Swimmingly at American Players Theatre. A Visiting Director Tries to Figure out Why
IT JUST DIDN'T SEEM LIKELY. I'D HEARD GOOD things from friends and colleagues, but when I came to American Players Theatre last year to visit and returned this year to direct The Glass Menagerie, I didn't quite expect to find this: a major classical...
Here, There and Everywhere: Here Arts Center's 'Made Here' Series Starts Small-But It Has Big Designs
ELIZABETH LECOMPTE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF New York City's seminal Wooster Group, isn't a very good director-She says so herself in "Staying Power," an episode of "Made HERE," HERE Arts Center's web series that details the trials and tribulations faced...
Leadership and Heat
I'M WRITING THIS COLUMN FROM DALLAS, TEX., where the heat will cap at 108 degrees today. Pm on a short family vacation, and I hope to head over to the grassy knoll before the sun has burned for too long, to see the museum at the book depository, where...
Let Ives Take the Reins
When Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn remarked in a recent STC video that, no matter how familiar he becomes with the work of the playwright opening his company's 25th season, he remains delighted by the writer's "endless...
Lisa D'amour
I can't imagine writing plays or teaching playwriting without Tennessee in my life. His best works contain an efficiency that makes a writer's mouth water. Pick almost any line or object in one of his major plays (perhaps, most obviously, the glass...
Living la Vida Locavore: Sweets and Savories from Down the Block Attract New Theatregoers
PLAYWRIGHT WILLIAM BURKE ONCE QUIPPED, "People in California don't have to brag about going to the farmer's market the way they do in New York." It's true. New Yorkers have a tendency to boast about the provenance of their meats, the varietals of their...
London, England
THE VEIL: Conor McPhcrson's The Seafarer has had more than two dozen stagings in the U.S. since its debut at London's National Theatre in 2006 and that production's subsequent Broadway transfer It's not hard to see why the play has such wide appeal:...
Lunts upon a Time
IN PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN ON THE I private lives of Broadway royalty, Ten Chimneys playwright Jeffrey Hatcher shows far more gentility than any tabloid, and more fidelity to fact than actual royals have enjoyed when they've been depicted on stage....
Not Just about Nightingales: In a Quartet of Early Plays, the Young Williams Played at Politics and Found a Style
"If only I could always love my work--then I would be a great artist." So said Tennessee Williams in 1936, the year he wrote his first full-length play. More than a decade before he gave the world Blanche DuBois, before he thought to sign his plays...
On Stage September 11
Here's what's playing this month at TCG theatres nationwide. For the most up-to-date information about performance schedules, contact the theatre or visit Theatre Profiles online: www.tcg.org/profiles ALASKA Perseverance Theatre, Doug/as, (907)...
Over Martinis, Driving Somewhere
The Persistence of Memory: Austin Pendleton and Michael Wilson in conversation about Romulus Linney [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AUSTIN PENDLETON: Romulus told me about this play. I went on Christmas...
Over Martinis, Driving Somewhere: A Play by Romulus Linney and Eleanor Cooney
CHARACTERS MARY: A writer, 42 and older ROMULUS: A writer, older (mid-70s) and younger (35) ELLIE: A writer, 40 MAN 1: Plays Michael and Mitch WOMAN: Plays Joan Tallman, Sally, Waiter, Bank Lady, Doctor, Nurse 1 and Nurse 2 MAN 2:...
Palm Beach Stories
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.: Floridians are used to hurricanes, but Florida Stage wasn't prepared for the "perfect storm" that hit it in June and forced the new-works-focused theatre into Chapter 7 bankruptcy almost overnight. Faced with a $1.5-million debt...
Putting on Heirs: Trinity Repertory Company's Training Program Has Spawned 7 Theatres That Tell Stories the Trinity Way
TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANY IN PROVIDENCE, R.I., has never been afraid to topple tradition. Adrian Hall, the theatre's founding director, is legendary for blocking audiences into the action, at the instigation of Trinity Rep's longtime resident set designer,...
Show and Tell: 2 Centennial Exhibits Shed Light on the Playwright's Conversations and Characters
The Museum: The Historic New Orleans Collection THE EXHIBIT: "Drawn to Life: Al Hirschfeld and the Theater of Tennessee Williams," JAN. 11-APRIL 3, 2011 THE WILLIAMS RESEARCH CENTER AT THE HISTORIC NEW Orleans Collection (named after our...
Stephen Adly Guirgis
WHAT WILLIAMS MEANS TO ME 4 CONTEMPORARY PLAYWRIGHTS WEIGH IN ON THE WRITER'S LEGACY Dear Tennessee-- I'm the guy who prays to you from time to time. Maybe you're long gone and it's a ridiculous thing to occasionally take out a photo of you...
TCG on the Web
National Conference 2011 VIDEOS and WHATIFESTOS Now Online TCG's 2011 National Conference in Los Angeles was a success, with a record-breaking 1,100-plus theatre practitioners in attendance. Check out the conference page in the EVENTS section...
The Big Time: Artists, Institutions and a Bevy of Performances Rubbed Up against One Another at TCG's Biggest National Conference Ever
AS I WATCH AS YOU ARE NOW SO ONCE WERE WE, one of 15 productions mounted in June at RADAR L.A., an international festival of contemporary performance, I'm thinking about Theatre Communications Group's giant 2011 National Conference that's about to...
The Salt Plays, Part 2: Of the Earth
Jon Tracy, WRITING AND DIRECTION; The Salt Plays are movement adaptations of The Iliad and The Odyssey. Part 1, called In the Wound, told the story of Odysseus up through the end of the Trojan War. Part 2 is his journey home. The ensemble of five women...
They've Got the Moves
YPSILANTI, MICH.; NEW YORK CITY; and PASADENA, CALIF.: Theatres of all sizes were on the move this past summer, and some not for the first time. Case in point: The New Theatre Project moved into a new space in Ann Arbor, Mich., in the summer of 2010,...
Tony Kushner
The man who created some of the greatest roles for women in American drama was able to do so because he deeply identified with the female characters who populate his plays: their emotional and imaginative capacities, their desires, and their unfitness,...
When the Bowmer Breaks
ASHLAND, ORE.: Lest patrons harbor any doubts about Oregon's stature as the nation's leading lumber producer, the arching beams in the lobby of the Angus Bowmer Theatre, the 41-year-old indoor thrust stage at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, serve as potent...
Where the Audience Is King
GREENVILLE, S.C.: Call it a local "American Idol" for plays, if you will. Over a week's time at the New Play Festival (Sept. 12-16), four new plays receive readings, and the audience chooses which one will receive a full or workshop production at Centre...
Williams Gone Wild: 2 Iconoclastic Productions Breathe New Life into Stanley, Blanche and the Denizens of 'Vieux Carre'
IMAGINE THE ACTORS' lounge at the Comedie-Francaise in Paris: crystal chandeliers, Persian rugs and merlot velvet upholstery; marble statues, including a larger-than-life seated Moliere; on the walls, gilt-framed portraits we've all seen reproduced...
Williams Then & Now
How is Tennessee Williams being honored in the centennial year of his birth? Let us count the ways. * Celebrities have been lining up to speak his words and sing his praises. At a Williams celebration at New York City's 92nd Street Y in February,...
You Are Not the Playwright I Was Expecting: When His Reputation Tanked, Williams Kept Writing. How Many of His More Than 40 Late Plays Do You Know?
In a champion's waning years, the spectator's discomfiture is, finally, beside the point. The writer, like the prize-fighter, is the one who runs the lonely pre-dawn miles, and whose blood streams so publicly. --Gregory Mosher, from his foreword...