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. 26, No. 1, January

20 Questions
Have you completely moved out of the Bowery? We're anxiously waiting for the equipment to set up the new office in Chrystie Street. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Can you give us a sneak peek of the opening gala? Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner are...
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: The Play Ground Theatre
Stephanie Ansin, ADAPTATION AND DIRECTION: Our idea for this production was to reset Alice in Wovderland South Florida--to look at our world through Lewis Carroll's eyes. Every single character and every visual element in the show corresponds to a...
Designing Women: Eavesdropping on 5 Artist-on-Artist Chats
This past November, women designers took back history when the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the League of Professional Theatre Women unveiled "Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance." On view...
Editor's Note
I'VE BEEN HARBORING THE SPECULATION FOR SOME TIME now that we're in a golden age of theatre design. What gives me that idea? What I see on stages, mainly--tiny, design-on-a-dime stages as well as big, well-appointed ones. There's a moment I distinctly...
From the Outback to the Sea
"SOME STORIES ARE TOLD SO THAT they may be remembered; others are told so that they may never happen again." That's how playwright Andrea James puts it in the stage directions of her Yanagai! Yanagai!, a mythical tale that weaves together Australian...
International Acquaintance: 'More Action, Less Talk' Is Urged at Global Theatre Congress in Madrid
THE DRAMA WAS NOT LIMITED TO THE STAGES of Madrid at the recent 32nd International Theatre Institute (ITI) World Congress. The first session of the event's general assembly was disrupted midway by a protest staged on behalf of the delegations from...
Last Call at Ming's and Betsy's Clambake: A Chorus of Voices Celebrates the Legacy of the Annual Stage Design Portfolio Review at Lincoln Center
For almost two decades, Ming Cho Lee and his wife Betsy have put together a clamorous coming-out party for emerging designers. Held every spring at Lincoln Center, Ming's Clambake bears the official name of Stage Design Portfolio Review. During this...
Leading Ladies Trade Places
LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE IS A LONG way from the Limbo Lounge, the East Village bar where playwright/performer Charles Busch cut his stiletto heels in such 1980s-era drag romps as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Psycho Beach Party. But La Jolla is where Busch...
Moon Shadows
COTTON FUELED THE ROCKET SHIPS of Jules Verne's seminal science fiction novel From the Earth to the Moon, published the year the U.S. Civil War ended. Why not--cotton had certainly propelled the economy of the young American nation. And though the...
New Year, New Models
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND GREETINGS FROM EVERY-one at TCG! In the coming months, I'm hopeful that we can stay strong and focused as a theatre community, that we are nimble in navigating challenges and responsive in the face of opportunity. I hope we can collaborate...
Okay, Cut to the Chase: Should a Playwright Making a Movie Stick to His Guns?
VISIONS OF CALAMITY DANCE THROUGH THE heads of playwrights when they think of exposing their work to the world of film. When I told people I was hired to direct a feature version of my play, most of my playwright friends peered back at me with scrunched-up...
Play It Again, Sam (and Simon)
BROOKLYN: British director Sam Mendes and the extraordinary actor Simon Russell Beale first hooked up at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where Mendes directed Beale as Thersites in Troilus and Cressida, as the eponymous king in Richard III and as a...
Rick Shiomi Carving a Space: A Playwright-Turned-Artistic Director Fosters Asian-American Theatre in the Heart of the Prairie
AT FIRST GLANCE, THE MINNEAPOLIS OF THE early 1990s didn't seem like an ideal place for an Asian-American theatre artist. No one was more convinced of that than Toronto-native-of-Japanese-ancestry Rick Shiomi, who'd arrived in what he termed a hinterland...
The Blogger Next Door
Here's how Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, whose new play T.I.C.: Trenchcoat in Common explores the weird world of blogging, assesses the effect of the Internet on his work: "There's awareness of how entertainment gets constructed. People are much more impatient,...
The Case for Live Movies: The Training of New-Media Projection Designers Will Mean New Aesthetics, New Audiences
In the simultaneous use of the living actor and the talking picture in the theatre lies a wholly new theatrical art an art whose possibilities are as infinite as those of speech itself. --Robert Edmond Jones (1929) Knowledge of the technical...
The Design Dilemma: With So Many Academic Programs Cranking out New Designers, What Exactly Are We Training Them For-And How?
When I was in graduate school in the early '70s, it was assumed that our class of designers would be heading to one of three professional destinations: Broadway, regional theatre, or college and university teaching. Although Broadway at the time was...
The Further Adventures of Monsieur Space: The French Designer Jean-Guy Lecat Ponders the Living Intricacies of Space, Design and Performance
Eight years ago, Jean-Guy Lecat parted ways with the legendary director Peter Brook. At the ripe age of 64, the French scenic designer and theatre-architecture consultant--who, as Brook's technical director and principal designer from 1976 to 2000,...
The Man Behind the Plays: Who Was Shakespeare, Anyhow? Do Even the Experts Really Know? and Why Should Anybody Care
A conversation at the Philoctetes Center of New York City, with Alvin Epstein, Eugene Mahon, Ron Rosenbaum, Daniela Varon and J.P. Wearing ROBERT BRUSTEIN: What we're going to discuss today is the controversial question of Shakespeare's personality,...
The Price Is Right: More People Buying Higher-Priced Tickets? Not Impossible at Houston's Alley Theatre
THE CHALLENGE Popular theatre myth: In order to sell more tickets, just slash prices--that's the way to fill seats and make money. But Dean Gladden is debunking this notion at Houston's Alley Theatre. When Gladden began his tenure as managing director...
The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Yiddish Theatre
NEW YORK CITY AND SAN FRANCISCO: Marc Chagall's tall, supersaturated watercolors of Moscow Yiddish theatrical life lure you in. In one of the gallery rooms of "Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater, 1919-1949"--on view through March...
Tricklock Treat
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.: For the ninth year running, Tricklock Company--no stranger to the international touring circuit--has invited companies it has met in its travels to present their work alongside local acts at the Revolutions International Theatre...
'Under the Radar' Takes Stock of a New America
NEW YORK CITY: "This is a good time to check in with our artists working today in this country," says Mark Russell, the curator of Under the Radar, the 12-day festival taking place Jan. 7-18 at the Public Theater. "UTR is about the future of society...
When Designer and Actor Are One: In the Designer-Centered Laboratory of Director Dmitry Krymov, Young Russian Students Are Taken on as Active Collaborators
During the past six years, Dmitry Krymov, a Russian stage designer and painter born in 1954, has directed--in close collaboration with a group of design students from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (better known in Russia as the State Institute...
When Times Are Tough: 5 Funders-Jessica Chao, Cheryl Ikemiya, Vicki Reiss, Angel Ysaguirre and Robert Zukerman-Shed Light on the Current Economic Climate
AT TCG'S FALL FORUM IN NEW YORK CITY IN November, titled "Radical Shifts: Governing Ahead of the Curve," artistic director Marc Masterson of Kentucky's Actors Theatre of Louisville moderated a panel on the subject of philanthropic giving in times of...
Writing without a Map: If the Theatre Is to Matter in Today's World, Playwrights Have to Start Looking beyond Themselves-And beyond Our Shores
I WAS JUST IN CAIRO DOING RESEARCH FOR A new play I'm writing. It was an extraordinary experience. I attended prayers at the Al-Azra mosque and smoked water-pipes and talked politics in back-alley coffee shops. I spoke with Egyptians and expat Europeans...
You Can Go Home Again
The title of Athol Fugard's new play Coming Home has many meanings. To begin with, its premiere at Long Wharf Theatre in January marks a return of the South African playwright to his American artistic home in New Haven. Long Wharf is where Sizwe...