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. 11, No. 3, March

Alien Nation: An Interview with the Playwright
Is this a play about Lincoln? No, it's not. Well, not really. I think it has more to do with greatness and costume, actually. You could look at Lincoln and see him as the sum of his outfit. You know, his beard (actually he had lots of different...
Can We Talk?
A character stands at the center of the stage, talking directly to the audience, sharing a story, taking the crowd into his or her confidence. The device--as hallowed as the soliloquy and as modern as today's solo--performance scene--has become an...
How to Reduce the Divorce Rate
Contiguous articles in Variety announcing that the contracts of two artistic directors would not be renewed made me think once again about the process of recruiting our theatres' leaders and ways to then nurture relationships between artistic and managing...
Jane Greenwood: The Making of a Mentor
It has taken many forms, both benevolent and oppressive, and has gone by many names since its inception centuries or even millennia ago: mentorship, indentured servitude, apprenticeship (or, if you read your Dickens, the shortened form, "'prenticeship")....
Jeff Daniels: The Purple Rose of Chelsea Is His Baby
His face is familiar to anyone with a ticket to the movies or a VCR, but Hollywood isn't his home. Wearing jeans and a cap, Jeff Daniels sits on a worn couch in a space that triples as green room and partitioned offices for the Purple Rose Theatre,...
Judevine
If a playwright grinds out a two-and-a-half-hour play in 10 years, how long will the same play be in 20 years? Five hours, of course--sometimes rudimentary formulas actually work. How many years does it take to get such a behemoth produced? Ask David...
Judgment Day
The title of this column is intimidating me. It keeps sounding like "Last Will and Testment." I, Christopher Durang, being of sound mind and not on antidepressants, do hereby bring this edition of this magazine to a close. And to my beloved housekeeper,...
Made in Montgomery: Sighting Heroes and Villains on ASF Stages, and Off
The first fruits, tangible and intangible, of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Southern Writers' Project--a new play-commissioning program designed to cultivate writers and stories from the theatre's own region--were unveiled on the frosty January...
Medea
We all know Medea. She's a woman who's been abandoned and rejected, her children have been taken away, her husband is marrying a younger woman--it's the usual thing. So she plans her revenge, and takes it." Claire Bloom, whose pithy description...
My Head Was a Sledgehammer
For 10 weeks, apprentice director Richard Eoin Nash observed rehearsals for auteur writer, director and designer Richard Foreman's latest experimental theatre work, My Head Was a Sledgehammer, which runs through March 27 at Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric...
Next Year on the Hill: Judith Golub Lays out a Battle Plan for Arts Advocates
As the first session of the 103rd Congress adjourned in late November, executive director Judith Golub completed her first year at the helm of the American Arts Alliance, the country's most prominent arts advocacy organization, which represents 2,600...
Oh, for a Muse of Ice!
Oscar Wilde's famous pronouncement that life imitates art far more than art imitates life was never better exemplified than last month when details of the Nancy Kerrigan assault case began to be known. Initial reports of the attack by a masked man...
Rene Moreno: The Actor That Is
In November 1991, after a near-lethal fall from a fifth-story window ruptured his aorta and damaged his spinal cord, actor Rene Moreno withdrew to his family's Dallas home. For one bleak year, he mourned the loss of the use of his legs and a busy,...
Seers on the Rim
the tradition of African-American women playwrights can be traced back as far as the late 19th century; nevertheless, contemporary women playwrights remain on the edge, scrawling in the margins of today's mainstream theatre. But (as the author of from...
The America Play
The Characters Act One: The Foundling Father as Abraham Lincoln A Variety of Visitors Act Two: Lucy Brazil The Foundling Father Two Actors The Visitors in Act One are played by the Two Actors who assume the roles in the...
The Prime of Harold Pinter
Harold Pinter has always been able to surprise himself as well as his audience. Several years ago, he said with an air of resignation, "My attitude towards my own playwriting has changed. The whole idea of a narrative, of a broad canvas stretching...
Three Birds Alighting on a Field
There's a character in The Grace of Mary Traverse, the 1985 play that helped bring Timberlake Wertenbaker to the public eye, who neatly prefigures the themes that repeat and recur in varying forms throughout the playwright's later works. The character's...