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. 22, No. 7, September

And Now for the Kids
CHICAGO and NEW YORK CITY: You can never go wrong supporting arts for young people. Even if the theatre scene may seem saturated with education/outreach programs and award-winning theatres for young people, the market can still accommodate more. This...
A Pacific Hothouse
SAN FRANCISCO: The Magic Theatre has a long history of producing new plays, from Sam Shepard to Nilo Cruz. Now, with its new HOTHOUSE Festival, the Magic is giving itself an adrenaline boost while zeroing in on emerging American playwrights who, asserts...
A Place in the Sun: Ensembles Emphasize "Artist as Citizen" at a First-Time National Festival
Ensemble theatre is having a "moment" right now. That was evident at the nation's first Ensemble Theater Festival, staged in late June in Blue Lake, Calif. The festival's sponsoring organization, the Network of Ensemble Theaters, was organized in...
A Strategic Alliance
Those of us soldiering in the arts field in the late 1980s remember the controversies surrounding Andres Serrano and Robert Mapplethorpe in the museum world and Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes and Tim Miller in our own field. It was a time when...
Benjamin Mordecai III: 1944-2005
Benjamin Mordecai, who was associate dean and chairman of the Yale School of Drama's department of theatre management, as well as a former managing director of Yale Repertory Theatre and founder/producing director of Indiana Repertory Theatre, was...
Beyond Lysistrata: Real Women Confront the Vestiges of War in a Theatrical Project in Atlanta
THE WAITRESSES AT JAVA JIVE, A POPULAR ATLANTA brunch spot, had long stopped refilling our coffees, and the remains of our omelets, grits and gingerbread waffles had been cleared away. But the artists seated around me at the restaurant's largest table...
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ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Julia Cho's plays include 99 Histories (Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project in New York City and Theater Mu in Minneapolis), The Architecture of Loss (New York Theatre Workshop), Bay and the Spectacles of Doom (La Jolla Playhouse's...
Culver City, Calif.: Body Doubles
When a colleague told actor Trey Lyford that he resembled Stan Laurel, the lithe member of the New York City-based Civilians decided to do something about it. Researching depression-era comedy eventually led the actor to enlist Geoff Sobelle (of Philadelphia's...
Editor's Note
If you've seen Bartlett Sher's ravishing production of The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center Theater, you'll know exactly what Steven Drukman means--in his insightful cover interview with the Seattle-based director (page 20)--when he praises Sher's...
How Do You Solve a Problem like the Cast Album? Sh-K-Boom Does It with an Innovative Business Plan and an Eye on the Next Generation
A couple of things were unusual about Gavin Creel's concert at New York's Second Stage in March. While unmistakably a musical theatre crowd, the audience was mostly under 35. The boyish, long-haired Creel, recently featured in Broadway's La Cage aux...
Is Henry Crazy? or Is It You? Irish and American Artists Update a Pirandellian Puzzle-And Roll with Snags in Communication and Casting
Six Characters in Search of an Author, Luigi Pirandello's most famous play, has been reinterpreted around the globe, while few have dared to touch his clunkier 1922 tragicomedy Enrico IV. But in the right hands--in this case a crossnational re-thinking...
It Was a Long, Hot Summer
This past summer, fires consumed the warehouse, set properties, even the stage of three busy nonprofit theatre companies that were left scrambling to pick up the pieces. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BERKELEY, CALIF.: A three-alarm fire broke out in...
New York City: Beyond the Kitchen Sink
FORGET THE TERRI SCHIAVO case. More likely, perhaps, bury Schiavo deep into your subconscious. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In his elliptical new play, Fran's Bed, opening this September at Playwrights Horizons in New York City, James Lapine only seems...
New York City: 'Ivanov' with an All-Asian Face
When the National Asian-American Theatre Company's critically praised Ivanov was forced to close early this past spring due to scheduling conflicts among its all-Asian-American cast, its director, Jonathan Bank, made a quick decision. "I thought the...
Romancing Cathay: The Growing Power of China Looms in a New International Puppet-Theatre Collaboration
All those seeking the truth, an ancient philosopher advised, should go to China. But what remains today of the ancient city of Chang'an, the Eastern rival of Constantinople, Athens, Cairo and Rome? What's left of the imperial stage on which the histories...
Technorati Stories: Thanks to Live Simultaneous Video, East Germany and the American South Share the Same Virtual Stage
If you had to judge by what's happening on contemporary American stages, you'd never know that the Microchip Age is in full swing. While technological advancements adventurously figure into backstage mechanics, their onstage counterparts seem to arrive...
The Essential Bartlett Sher; the Key Questions, Says Intiman's Ascendant A.D., Are: Who's Doing It? and What Makes It Great?
What happens when you give a Grateful Dead-head his own theatre company? The question begs a punch line, but in Bartlett Sher's case it means leading a major institution into smart, serious and often politically charged territory. One of the most gimlet-eyed...
Twenty Questions
Playwright WILL ENO's existential monologue Thom Pain (based on nothing), running Off Broadway since February, prompted the New York Times to dub Eno "Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation." Eno's other plays include The Flu Season and Tragedy:...
Unto the Breach: Conferencegoers Debate Art's Role in a Divided Culture
The idea of polarization can itself be polarizing--or at least a catalyst for passionate debate--as proved by TCG's 15th National Conference, held in Seattle June 16-18. The theme was "Creating the Future: Theatre in a Polarized World," and the terms...
Volcano Lovers
STROMBOLI, ITALY: On the volcanic island of Stromboli off the southern coast of Italy, a group of American and European actors, led by voice teacher Kristin Linklater and Italian filmmaker Alessandro Fabrizi, created a theatrical production based on...