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. 23, No. 8, October

20 Questions
Director DECLAN DONNELLAN is joint founder of Cheek by Jowl theatre company in London with designer and partner Nick Ormerod, and is the author of The Actor and the Target. His all-male Russian Twelfth Night performs Nov. 7-12 at the Brooklyn Academy...
Actors with Roots: 7 Great Performers You'll Have to Travel to See
Here we are in Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Montgomery, Ala., New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Why the continental tour? To catch up with seven actors at the top of their game--actors we wouldn't be likely to encounter unless we...
Bill Rauch's Oregon Trail: The Next Stop on the Director's Journey into the Heart of America Is the Venerable OSF
The first time Bill Rauch directed a play in Oregon, the venue was a cattle sale barn with a soil floor so dry that it had to be wet down before each performance so clouds of dust wouldn't get kicked up and blind the audience. The only bathroom facility...
Boston: Saved by a Saxophone
Look for the light! Those are the words that flashed through the mind of Stan Strickland, one of the best-known and most versatile jazz musicians in the Boston area, as he thrashed wildly and struggled to breathe beneath massive waves off the coast...
Dublin, N.J
PRINCETON, N.J.: It is reputed to be the largest collection of Irish plays outside the Emerald Isle. And it possesses a newly discovered Sean O'Casey work that the author himself had thought was lost but turned up at an auction this past fall. To commemorate...
Fool for Sam
NEW YORK CITY: In 1979 George Ferencz had been teaching and directing at Columbia University when he hit upon an ingenious thought. What if the entire scenario of Sam Shepard's The Tooth of Crime, not only the final showdown, were staged as a rock...
From Dream to Action
OCTOBER HERALDS THE START OF THE NEW THEATRE season--highlighted by American Theatre's annual compilation of productions at theatres around the country. And in cities from coast to coast, the eagerly awaited opening of the season will carry special...
Harold Scott: 1935-2006
Don Pullen, one of the greatest composers and musicians of the 20th century, once wrote a song about his longtime collaborator and friend, George Adams, titled "Ah George, We Hardly Knew You." The two men had been together in music and in life for...
Lawrence Sacharow: 1937-2006
When my father suddenly passed away in August of leukemia, the overwhelming response from the theatre community touched me deeply. Letters, e-mails and voicemails from actors, writers, directors and students arrived from across the globe. As director...
Los Angeles: Sunday in the Park with Diego
DIEGO RIVERA'S PANORAMIC 1947 mural about the human pageant of Mexico's history, Sueno de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda), once hung on a lobby wall of the Hotel Del Prado in Mexico City for all...
New York City: A Place the Heart Can Handle
The reporter's terse announcement sounds like a gag from "The Daily Show": "A slave ship has just risen out of the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty!" But as delivered by protean actor Daniel Beaty in his one-man, 40-character blend of...
Opening a New Window: What's an Asian-American Actor to Do When the Role He Wants Is Saddled with a Dubious Past?
When I got the call from my agent that I was being offered the role of Ito, the Japanese manservant, in the recent revival of Mame at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, it was a mixed blessing. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On the plus side, there was...
Out of the Margins: A National Theatre Conference in Los Angeles Galvanizes Asian-American Forces
What happens when the old guard confronts the new? Such an encounter, as the title of the first national Asian-American theatre conference that was held in Los Angeles this past June suggests, can signify something like an explosion. During "The Next...
Ratan Thiyam's Quest for Peace
MANIPUR, INDIA: Spectacle can be deceiving. In a profound sense, Indian auteur Ratan Thiyam has always been a man in protest. Behind the panoramic sweep and beguiling colors of his ritualized epics lies the beating heart of anger and spiritual lament....
Respect for Actors
CHICAGO: As J. Michael Miller's National Actors Congress travels the country, he hopes to remind actors of the universality of what they do--to reinforce the idea that they are part of a community, to help them find ways to strengthen their voices...
Smile, Wal*Mart, You're on Stage
AROUND THE COUNTRY: As Wal-Mart frequented the late-summer headlines, dramatists took on the box-store behemoth with varying degrees of political fervor, anger and nudge-nudge satire. The (smiley-faced) icon of corporate overreaching, of course,...
That's a Lie! and It's a Good Thing, Too, Sometimes. Particularly in the Theatre
What we say to our friends and colleagues backstage after a lukewarm performance--"That was ... amazing!" might sound familiar--is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lying in the American theatre. The truth is that we lie. We lie early and...
Theatre and Social Justice
BOSTON: Among the fringe festival shows onstage at Boston University College of Fine Arts's School of Theatre this October, two plays tackle human rights issues with musical strains. Arthur Miller's Playing for Time, staged by director Judy Braha,...
The Illusion: Dallas Theater Center
Richard Hamburger, DIRECTOR: We wanted The Illusion to have the seductiveness of a dream, with its own logic and rules. We looked at everything from Georges LaTour to Diane Arbus and finally settled on three timeless yet simple black-and-white photos...
The Parallel Worlds of 'Rock 'N' Roll': Tom Stoppard Imagines a Life He Might Have Lived in the Country of His Birth
The premiere of a new play by British dramatist Sir Tom Stoppard is always a major event. But at the Royal Court Theatre in London this past June 14, a glance at the audience--which included former Czech President Vaclav Havel, the Rolling Stones's...
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Actors; Ideas; Good People
From the vantage of the editor's chair, it's especially gratifying when a virtual compendium of your favorite things comes together under a single cover of your publication. That's the case with this month's American Theatre, which offers some ingenious,...