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. 25, No. 8, October

20 Questions
Writer and actor Carrie Fisher has been touring her solo show Wishful Drinking, directed by Tony Taccone, around the country, most recently setting down at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. The autobiographical tale--eyeing a Broadway run--takes on Fisher's...
A Comprehensive Listing of Productions, Dates and Directors at TCG Theatres Nationwide
SEASON PREVIEW 2008-09 ALABAMA [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, (334) 271-5353, www.asf.net 3 Mo' Divas, Marion J. Caffey. Thru Oct 5. Charlotte's Web, adapt: Joseph Robinette. Oct 11-Nov 16. A Christmas...
Audition Odyssey: How Two Actors Took Control of Their Budding Careers by Sending Letters Making Phone Calls and Hitting the Road
THE CHALLENGE: So you wanna be an actor. Or maybe you already are an actor but you've yet to really jump-start your career. Or perhaps you're in a bit of a lull. Whatever the case, acting is a difficult vocation. Even obtaining an audition can prove...
Barbara Ann Teer: 1937-2008
There is an ancient Vedic saying: "If you want to create a new body, then you must step out of the never of your own memory and see the world as if for the first time." And this woman, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, this East St. Louis, Ill.-born woman,...
Basic Training: University Students Channel Veterans' Voices, and the Pro Theatre World Takes Notice
It's easy to discern a soldier's prowess in his lithe, wiry frame. At 21, Sean Lally is brooding and perceptive, with impetuous eyes peering out from a boyish face. He ruminates on a year of military service with a dispirited humor. "My commanders...
Coming Soon: An Avalanche of U.S. History Plays
ASHLAND, ORE., BOULDER, COLO., AND LENOX, MASS.: How many artistic directors does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: three. When he first contemplated in 2006 the prospect of becoming the new artistic director of the 73-year-old Oregon Shakespeare...
Double Deutsch
NEW YORK CITY AND BIELEFELD, GERMANY: Two new U.S./German collaborations are on view this month, on both sides of the Atlantic. Voices from undergroundzero in Bielefield, Germany, presents three full productions of American work Oct. 16-19. Michael...
Editor's Note
One of our favorite tasks on American Theatre's publishing calendar falls in the waning weeks of summer--surveying colleagues across the country to find out what plays, what projects, what artists' work people in the field are most excited about in...
Estelle Getty: 1923-2008
AT THE HEIGHT OF popularity of "The Golden Girls," there was no more beloved character on television than Sophia Petrillo. Estelle Getty, who brought Sophia indelibly to life, was awestruck: "What the hell is going on? I have the highest TVQ of any...
Flight Plan for Success: Business-Management Guru JIM COLLINS Has Some Eye-Opening Ideas about How to Take a Theatre Organization from Good to Great
I FIRST BECAME AWARE OF JIM COLLINS at the 1996 Theatre Communications Group National Conference in Princeton, N.J. It was my first conference, and I was in the process of having my mind blown on many fronts. Among the sessions was August Wilson's...
For Your Consideration: 2 Romanias
THIS MONTH, TWO WRITERS--a Romanian and an American--grasp at new ways to tell a pair of Romanian stories on stage. One is the tale of the spectacular 1989 revolution that was in some ways a coup; the other, closer to home, is about an immigrant posing...
Gertrude Hadley Jeannette Keeping On: Her Legacy Is Alive in the Theatre Community of Harlem
Gertrude Hadley Jeannette, the founder of the H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players (Harlem Artists Development League Especially for You), celebrated her 93rd birthday last November with friends and admirers at Harlem's Alhambra Ballroom. Still erect of stature and...
Global Spotlight
Melbourne, Australia MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL: Back to Back Theatre drew admiration on the international circuit for small metal objects. Now Melbourne is the first to see the troupe's newest work, Food Court, a tale of humiliation...
How Theatre Saved America, Part 2
AT TCG'S NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN JUNE, the British playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah gave a roof-raising talk about the potential role for theatre in realizing a better image and international understanding of the U.S. He received thunderous applause when...
In the Heart of America
Kasi Campbell, DIRECTOR: In the Heart of America shifts from realism to disorientating dreamscape, from a Kentucky motel room to the sands of the Iraqi conflict, and deep into the jungles of the Vietnam War. The characters include two young men fighting...
Let the Games Begin: Itamar Moses's Textual Acrobatics Take Aim at the Unsayable
THEY'VE BEEN FLIRTY for ages, but this year, Itamar Moses and the American theatre are finally going steady. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Moses's star began rising in earnest in the 2002-03 season, when Florida Stage of Manalapan and Ithaca, N.Y.'s...
Multiple Fronts
NATIONWIDE: Sean Christopher Lewis's Iraq-war play Militant Language premieres this month in several cities--three in Ohio alone. This is no touring phenomenon, but a widespread debut that consists of four separate October productions (at Cincinnati's...
Oh, What a Glorious War
PLAYWRIGHT GREGORY BURKE refers to Black Watch as "the unauthorized biography" of the three-century-old Scottish regiment that, in November 2004, was deployed to Iraq, relieving American forces at Camp Dogwood in Babil and freeing them up for their...
Quiara Alegria Hudes Tells a Philadelphia Story All Her Own
PLAYWRIGHTS often have landscapes that feed their art--physical places that are also places of the heart, to which these dramatists frequently turn for stories, characters and ambience. For Beth Henley, that place has been a sliver of a Mississippi...
Sheila Callaghan Writes Plays with One Finger on the Fast-Forward Button
SHEILA CALLAGHAN doesn't finish sentences. She tumbles forward through a flood of images and ideas, sometimes pausing to recall how she arrived at this particular spot in the conversation. There's a giddy energy about her, and she's a magnet for people...
Staying Power: In Indianapolis, James Still Is Not Just a Playwright-He's a Brand
Playwrights tend to be perpetual freelancers--long-term relationships, at least with theatres, aren't typically part of the deal. Instead, relationships can last anywhere from a torrid afternoon (a reading) to a giddy month (a production) to a year...
Surfing Sara Kraft's Reality
SARA KRAFT has earned a place as a doyenne of San Francisco's avant-garde theatre scene. Her past works, such as the wildly popular Woods for the Trees and Remote (performed with former partner Ed Purver), were skillful multimedia melanges staged in...
The Paradox of Plenty: Can There Be Too Many Theatre Festivals Blooming?
In the theatre nothing is certain, except for death and festivals. Wherever theatre people with brains, talent, resources and chutzpah feel the driving need to be seen and heard, the spur to "festing" cannot be held back or denied. This impulse--as...
The Sound of Falling Light: The Talking Band Values Words, Music, Choreography and Images in Equal Measure
In Flip Side, Ellen Maddow's new metaphysical comedy of manners and misperceptions for the Talking Band, Aunt Lucinda spends most of her anthropo-neurological waking hours peering through a pair of giant binoculars or pressing her stern face against...
What Does It Take to Keep 'Streetcar' on Track? Sheila Daniels Faces Down the Play's Challenges in a Volatile Debut at Intiman
At the corner of Big Easy and Our Lady of Method Acting, a hunky young man in a sweat-stained T-shirt drops to his knees and wails for the wife he has just wronged. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The sound of "Stellllaaaaa!" from the quintessential Tennessee...
"What Gets Your Vote?" Dozens of Theatre Professionals Pick Their Most-Anticipated Works of the New Season.and: The Top 10 Plays of '08-09, Page 86
Contact information for all 487 TCG member theatres is included, whether or not their seasons have been announced. Schedule changes and additions are common in the course of a season, so readers are encouraged to contact theatres directly for updated...
What's Happening to Musicals? Four Histories View That Most American of Theatrical Genres through the Looking-Glass of Craft
You'd think that American-style commercial musical theatre would have died out years ago, but here it is, deep into the iPod era, doing something that approaches booming. Not only are audiences willing to pay $100-plus to see musicals on Broadway (and...