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. 3, March

Andre Gregory Sees the Light: At 70, He's Hitching His Lifelong Quest for Insight and Illumination to Theatre for the Few
In winter when the fields are white, I sing this song for your delight. --Humpty Dumpty, Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll Walk through any museum. There's a retrospective for a major contemporary artist: Life and work spread out before your...
Authors! Authors! Increasingly, American Stages Are Rife with Collaborative Plays Authored by a Motley of Writers
"Wonderful chaos. That's a perfect way to describe the process." So says Chiori Miyagawa, looking back on The Antigone Project--an October 2004 Off Broadway production of Women's Project that brought together five playwrights (Tanya Barfield, Karen...
Awards & Prizes
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has awarded Leading National Theatre grants in the amount of $400,000-$700,000 each to six nonprofit regional companies: Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky),...
Cultural Diplomacy: TCG/ITI Awards 7 New Grants
TWO INDEPENDENT THEATRE professionals and five theatre companies will benefit from the latest round of the TCG/ITI Travel Grants, funded by the Trust for Mutual Understanding. This program supports travel in either direction between theatre artists,...
Editor's Note
Andre Gregory's Alice in Wonderland is one of those productions with a fat aura, a show that those who saw it (usually numbering in the few) treasure jealously in the memory, an event that over time has accumulated adjectives like "seminal" and "legendary."...
Entrances & Exits
Virginia Stage, in Norfolk, welcomed a new management team with the new year. Christopher Hanna leads the company as artistic director, with Keith Stava, previously the interim managing director, taking on that job permanently. Hanna's history with...
Fly Her to the Moon: What's Art Got to Do with NASA? Laurie Anderson Listens to the Cosmic Pulse
Laurie Anderson quit smoking to improve her chances for space travel. The way she figures it, an astronaut has greater odds of going up on a space mission--"Just as a passenger or some kind of participant," she muses--if her lungs are free of nicotine...
Juliette Carrillo Going Deeper: She's a Director Known for Asking Big, Difficult, Transformative Questions
Forget bullying or baiting. Sometimes the most challenging thing a director can do is to think. Take Juliette Carrillo, for instance. Many directors arrive at a play's first reading with a full-blown conception of how it should be staged. Carrillo...
More Than Meets the Eye
Why doesn't anyone believe us? For years, we have emphasized the extrinsic value of the arts--and have spent massive amounts of money in quantifying our very real achievements in a variety of domains. We cite economic impact studies that remind...
Moscow on the Potomac: Studio Theatre Takes a New Look at an Old Country
Winter may have spluttered out in most parts of the country, but in Washington, D.C., the Studio Theatre's "Russian Winter" still has a couple of blizzards socked away. March and April will add two more productions to the Slavicthemed repertoire that...
New York City: Some like It Different
WHEN LINDA FAIGAO-HALL WROTE her first play, State Without Grace, she thought staging it would be easy. And it was. "I gave it to Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, and they produced it [in 1984], and it was reviewed in the New York Times, and I thought,...
Portland, Ore.: Goat Song
"I'm always a little embarrassed talking about it because I don't think of myself writing weird, avant-gardey stuff, but when you say the play is narrated by a goat, people slot it into a certain category." Glen Berger--whose plays, if they must...
San Diego, Calf.: Keeping Up with the Joyces
ON JUNE 16, 1904, JAMES JOYCE AND NORA Barnacle went on what might just be the most famous first date in literary history. And it wasn't even the date they first agreed upon--Joyce waited for Nora on the 14th, but she didn't show up. The second try...
San Francisco: A Talking Cure
Both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict have drawn so many lines in the sand that the land they're fighting for could resemble a chess board. Perhaps that's why the creators of Traveling Jewish Theatre's Blood Relative, when they met in 2003...
Sikh Justice
BIRMINGHAM, U.K.: In Britain this past January, the playwright who was forced to go into hiding due to violent protests and death threats issued a public statement in defense of her controversial play Behzti. Writing in The Guardian, Gurpreet Kaur...
The Barbarians Are Uniting
LOS ANGELES: "Crritics!!" are lowly creatures, as any Samuel Beckett tramp can tell you, and the critters are too powerful, as we all know. So the prospect of four arts critics groups banding together to hold a National Critics Conference in Los Angeles,...
Twenty Questions
Director-choreographer GRACIELA DANIELE took a break from her tech rehearsals of Dessa Rose, the new Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty musical at Lincoln Center Theater. In June, she will direct and choreograph Chita Rivera Dances Through Life for the Denver...