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Emerson College Faculty Vote to Oppose School’s Colonial Theatre Plan

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Playbill:  Emerson College’s faculty voted Oct. 27 to oppose plans to turn Boston’s vintage Colonial Theatre, a theatre, which was built in 1900, predating all existing Broadway houses, into a student activity center and dining facility. The resolution states, in part, that the “plans were developed without sufficient input from faculty, students, alumni and other city, regional and national stakeholders.” It calls “on the administration ...

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The Battle over ‘Translating’ Shakespeare

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HowlRound:  Cultural critic Eli Keel defends the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s decision to translate Shakespeare into contemporary English: …why would you discourage passing on this gift, even if it is in a different form than when you first received it? And project director, Lue Douthit, writes a lengthy explanation of the project. But Kevin Delin has had other ideas about what the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is ...

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Video: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Experience Online

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OPB Video – This one-hour episode explores the origins and the evolution of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival – how one man’s vision for a holiday event grew to become the economic mainstay of the city of Ashland and a major presence in American Theater. Watch online: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival from Oregon Experience. On demand, streaming video from OPB.  

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Colorize Thy World: The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Bard

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There’s a modern myth stating that modern audiences won’t appreciate art unless it’s created in modern technology.  The art must be accessible to the audience.  So films are colorized.  Or recropped for a widescreen.  Or re-released in 3-D. So says the modern myth. Imagine we needed to repaint the Sistine Chapel because Michelangelo didn’t have Prussian or cobalt blue on his palette.  Ridiculous, right?  Painting ...

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Emerson College President Responds to Boston’s Colonial Theatre Protests

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Playbill.com: Lee Pelton, president of the Emerson College in Boston, used an Oct. 18 column in the Boston Globe to defend plans to repurpose the historic Colonial Theatre, Boston’s oldest continually-running theatre, which is owned by Emerson.  The idea has not been well-received.

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Arthur Miller on American Theater

On the centennial anniversary of Arthur Miller’s birth, some insights on the state of American Theater in this 1992 Charlie Rose interview clip:

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Why We (Mostly) Stopped Messing With Shakespeare’s Language

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The New Yorker:  Last week, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced that it had commissioned thirty-six playwrights to translate all of Shakespeare’s plays into modern English. The backlash began immediately, with O.S.F. devotees posting their laments on the festival’s Facebook page. “What a revolting development!” “Is there really a need to translate English into Brain Dead American?” Critics of the project may have forgotten the long ...

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Theater Needs To Pay A Lot More Attention To Female Playwrights

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Huffington Post: The gender gap pervades every industry and measurable statistic of modern life, except maybe roundups of gynecology patients. The theater is one of our worst examples. While festivals like Fringe work to include a wider range of female voices, overall far too little progress has been made in terms of gender parity. And according to a study from the U.K., we’ve only made around one ...

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Art vs Commerce

One of the warriors of the Pro99 movement recently posted a statement on Facebook that is not only worthy of repeating, but important to understand. William Salyers said, “Those who believe in art as an end unto itself will ultimately prevail for one simple reason: we will not quit. Those who believe in art as a function of commerce will eventually lose interest, because the ...

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Re: the “Re” in Theatre

American Theatre:  Why do we spell it ‘theatre’? As with many questions of language, there’s a simple answer but not a ‘right’ one.  http://bit.ly/1Jt3EGd

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