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. 14, No. 6, July-August

Anthony and Cleopatra
In the beginning, theatre was about the heavens and the earth. And there were gods, and there were heroes. And, apparently, it was pretty good. But then Euripides said, "Hey. Why should theatre not savor the fruit of sexual love?" Things haven't been...
A Question of Mercy
The Characters Dr. Robert Chapman Anthony Thomas Susanah Doorman (Eddie) Cops Hospital Attendants Place New York City Time 1990 A QUESTION OF MERCY ACT ONE The set is a raised, raked platform surrounded by a ground level alley that runs along stage...
A Sunburst of Art on the Capitol Lawn
ARTNOW demo is no Woodstock, but makes a crucial point "Bring your camera," ARTNOW's principal organizer Richard Schechner advised me a few days before the April 19 event on the Mall in Washington, D.C., billed as "a national demonstration and celebration...
Betrayal
In the beginning, theatre was about the heavens and the earth. And there were gods, and there were heroes. And, apparently, it was pretty good. But then Euripides said, "Hey. Why should theatre not savor the fruit of sexual love?" Things haven't been...
Beverly Emmons
Talking Light The view is stunning. Beverly Emmons's office, high up in Lincoln Center's Rose Building, looks out to the Hudson and the cliffs of New Jersey. A person might wonder how Emmons has time to look out the window these days - she's artistic...
Choosing Partners: 15 Theatres Plan Residencies
Fifteen leading American theatre companies, and 16 independent artists with whom they intend to collaborate, have received grants totaling $1,050,000 in the fifth round of the National Theatre Artist Residency Program. The program, jointly developed...
In the Suicide Mountains
James Still, author of the year's most unlikely new play for young people, says it was his friend Peter Brosius who inspired him to do it - like a cattle-prod might inspire a thoroughbred. Beginning four years ago, Brosius, artistic director of Honolulu...
Light Up the Sky
A Designer Pays Tribute to a Memorable Mentor, Abe Feder: 1909-1997 One daunting day in the summer of '56, I visited the fabled Abe Feder at his Park Avenue studio. I shuffled from foot to foot as that great genius of lighting rumbled - with occasional...
Sam Shepard's Identity Dance
The midlife questions hounding the movie star playwright are laid end to end in a mixed-bag, all-Shepard season. Since 1991, the Signature Theatre Company in New York has been devoting its entire season to reconsidering a single playwright's body of...
Timon of Athens
One of the least familiar of Shakespeare's plays, Timon of Athens proves a veritable tabula rasa. Unlike Hamlet, Macbeth or Lear, the title role remains a largely unknown quantity, and an actor can attack it without the burden of dislodging previous...
When Reason Fails
An Interview with the playwright What led you to dramatize the essay by Richard Selzer? The piece was originally published in the Sunday New York Times Magazine, and when I read it, I was stunned by it as it unfolded. I had been in talks with American...