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. 20, No. 9, November

21 Trustees to Serve on the National Council for the American Theatre
THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE American Theatre is a group of trustees from TCG member theatres who meet several times a year to discuss common concerns, and who serve as a resource for TCG in planning trustee-related programs. Sharing their national...
A Banquet of Errors
Look for songs where there were once subtitles. And listen for the sounds of gay wedding bells ringing. The culture-clash crux of Ang Lee's 1993 Academy Award-nominated film The Wedding Banquet hasn't changed. But the engaging new musical staging of...
All the News That's Fit to Fake
With Jayson Blair's crime and punishment serving as the real summer blockbuster of 2003, you might think a playwright would be hard-pressed to compete with the actual play-by-play of the New York Times scandals. But, in fact, Tracey Scott Wilson's...
An American Revolution: The 75-Year-Old Berkshire Theatre Festival Looks to Its Star-Spangled Past to Inspire a Still-Fermenting Future
HERMAN MELVILLE. W.E.B. DUBOIS. EDITH WHARTON. Norman Rockwell. Not to mention a handful of buildings that predate the Boston Tea Party. The signposts alone in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts read like an American heritage coffee table book--replete...
Awards & Prizes
The honors keep rolling in for Gordon Davidson, founder and artistic director of Los Angeles's Center Theatre Group. "No individual in the U.S. has worked with more playwrights, commissioned more new plays or championed more writers," declared the...
Chavez Ravine
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Culture Clash was born in 1984 in San Francisco's explosive Mission District. The collective continues to create new work for the American stage. Their second book of plays (Culture Clash in AmeriCCa) was published in 2003 by Theatre...
Cross-Atlantic Exposures
London and New York City: In late November, British audiences will be introduced to the latest plays of at least four young American writers as part of "Old Vic/New Voices: US/UK Exchange," a two-week series organized by London's Old Vic Theatre...
Editor's Note
Revolutions of various sorts are pulsing through the prose in this issue of American Theatre--and not only in this month's cover story, "An American Revolution" (page 32), a sharply observed, history-infused account of the transformation of the Berkshire...
Entrances & Exits
After five years as artistic director of the Delaware Theatre Company, in Wilmington, Fontaine Syer has announced that she will step down at the end of the company's 25th-anniversary season. Her final production will be this spring's Talley's Folly....
Eyeing the Horizon
A SPECIAL REPORT BASED ON THEATRE FACTS 2002 AS THEY COPE WITH A TROUBLED ECONOMY. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THEATRES POSITION THEMSELVES FOR THE FUTURE SAY YOU COUNTED EVERY ticket collected at every game at every National Football League...
Global Spotlight: A Sampler from the World Stage
Paris, France PARIS AUTUMN FESTIVAL: The theatre section of this annual fall festival opens with Norwegian master minimalist Jon Fosse's Death Variations, the recollections of a man, a woman and their lonely daughter. Chinese-Australian photographer...
Grant Supports Seven Artistic Collaborations
SEVEN THEATRE COMPANIES AND MORE than 25 artists are benefiting from the latest round of Extended Collaboration Grants, supported by MetLife Foundation. Established in 1989, the awards help theatre companies provide expanded research and developmental...
In Memoriam
Actor William Paterson died of lung cancer in early September at his home in San Francisco. He was 84 years old. Paterson's stage career, which he devoted to the Cleveland Play House and American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco, spanned...
Jeffrey Hatcher Can't Dance but Who Cares? He's Adding a Jerome Kern Musical to His Resume Anyway
"THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT A BUNCH OF PEOPLE KNOWING THEY'RE GOING TO DO A SHOW ON Broadway that, like execution, focuses the mind." Jeffrey Hatcher is making deadpan jokes about Never Gonna Dance, the new musical based on the 1936 Fred Astaire--Ginger...
Julia Jordan Coming of Age: Her Characters Are Complicated-Like Adolescents Really Are
Julia Jordan's youthful characters linger in the mind long after they leave the stage. Her stories play over in the imagination like catchy tunes. The playwright, whose work for young and adult audiences will be seen in no fewer than five New York...
More from Less: Work Force Shrinks
IN A SIGNAL THAT THEATRES ARE REACTING TO (or preparing for) bad times, Theatre Facts reports that the Universe Trend Theatres' overall workforce shrank in 2002, after rising steadily from 1999 to 2001. A case in point: City Theatre's David Jobin reports...
November Theatre Almanac
100 YEARS AGO (1903) The New Amsterdam Theatre on New York's 42nd Street opens its doors with A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Herbert Gresham and Edmund D. Lyons. Initially the flagship venue of Abe Erlanger's show-biz empire, the theatre...
Oklahomo! A Gay Performance Artist Vows That Musicals Shaped His Political Consciousness
As I watched the national Tony broadcast last June, savoring the folks singing and dancing their way through numbers from the nominated musicals, I was struck by how cheerfully utopian it all felt. These shows and the people who made them seemed to...
Reading the Box Scores
In this issue (page 63), Ben Pesner fleshes out the key findings of TCG's annual fiscal survey, giving us a fuller sense of how theatres are faring in the current economy. For readers so inclined, the detailed analysis, Theatre Facts 2002, is available...
TCG Board Adds 8 New Members: Eight New Members Have Been Elected to Serve Four-Year Terms on TCG's Board of Directors:
Susan V. Booth, artistic director of the Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Company. Booth hails from Chicago, where her titles have included that of director of new-play development at the Goodman Theatre. Her regional directing credits include Actors Theatre...
The Subject Tonight Is a Comeback
Kenny Leon, the former artistic director of Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Company, didn't expect to be back to his old haunts so soon. When he stepped down in 2001, he planned to focus on directing and acting, and over the course of the past year he's...
Ticket-Price Concerns: Revenue vs. Accessibility
OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, THE AVERAGE ticket price (including all discounts) for the 78 Trend Theatres rose from $20.81 to $25.58, a 13-percent increase over the rate of inflation. In the best-case scenario, a higher ticket price may bolster a theatre's...
To Be or Noh to Be: British Director Jonathan Kent's All-Male Hamlet Casts Onnagata Actors as Gertrude and Ophelia
Hamlet is a classic in Japanese theatre, dating back to the mid-19th century, so it would not at all be difficult to find a kabuki Hamlet or a noh Hamlet playing somewhere in Tokyo at any given moment. Nowadays cross-cultural exchanges fly around the...
Twenty Questions: Born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero in 1933, Chita Rivera Was the Original Anita (West Side Story), the Original Velma Kelly (Chicago) and the Original Spider Woman (Kiss of the Spider Woman). Her Latest Project, the New John Kander-Fred Ebb-Terrence McNally Musical the Visit, Had Its Premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago
What do you always have with you when you go into rehearsals? My dancing shoes. And they're always black. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What's the best part of being a dancer and singer? Communicating with the audience. Expressing one's self as...
Wary of Commitment: Subscriber Rate Declines
BECAUSE MOST THEATRES HAVE TRADITIONALLY structured their audience model on maintaining a healthy subscription base, data on subscription audiences are sure to be among the most closely scrutinized information in Theatre Facts 2002. The report shows...
Whores D'oeuvre
HEARD THE ONE ABOUT THE THREE PROSTITUTES WHO GO into the Amsterdam cafe? If not, you might want to tune in to Cafe Puttanesca, the new musical by Michael Ogborn, whose Baby Case wowed Philadelphia critics two years ago. After a run at Philly's Arden...
Why Arts Coverage Can Beat Sports Hands-Down
IN THE FACE OF SHRINKING REVENUES AND DECLINING readership, there's a depressing debate these days in America's newsrooms about how to do more with less. The philosophy of minimalism has been felt most keenly in the entertainment sections of many newspapers,...
Why Arts Coverage Should Be More like Sports
IN ANY GIVEN WEEK IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, arguably more people attend arts events than professional sports. I'm sure this is true across America. Movies, theatre, dance recitals and concerts collectively draw large numbers. Then why is the daily sports...