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Camus: Why I Work in Theater

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Howlround:  “Camus died in a car accident in January 1960, eleven months before Theatre Arts published his essay Why I Work in the Theater… The essay reads much like his philosophical treatises – in turns amusing and thoughtful, and occasionally narcissistic. Throughout it he describes the qualities of theatermaking that continuously drew him to the theater despite having greater successes as an essayist and novelist.”

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Need a Weekly Shakespeare Fix?

This Week in Shakespeare is the brainchild of bicoastal actors Liza de Weerd and Brian Weiss. Beginning in April of 2014, the 450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth, the pair would perform weekly short scenes under the shadow of Shakespeare’s statue in New York’s Central Park. By June 2015, they had covered the entire canon and have since expanded their body of work to include ...

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Thoughts on Steven Leigh Morris being named new Executive Director of LA Stage Alliance

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A page has turned in the volumes referring to the LA stage community. The Los Angeles Stage Alliance (LASA) has announced Steven Leigh Morris as its new Executive Director. Well known both locally and nationally for his passion about theater and his integrity about journalism, Steven recently founded Stage Raw  after 30 years with the local alternative newspaper, the LA Weekly.  In addition, when the ...

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The Architecture of Antaeus Theatre Company

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“Theatre isn’t just about us. It’s about serving the community. We are here to serve.” ~John Sloan The room is quiet. Empty. Just myself and Co-Artistic Directors John Sloan and Bill Brochtrup (Rob Nagle was not available) are seated in the atheneum, where everything from meetings to rehearsals to classes are conducted. There’s privacy. So it’s not a normal day. Routine, as both men vividly describe, are laughable, theatrical antics that tend to overlap in the compressed space. How ...

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A.R. Gurney on American Theater

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A.R. Gurney, the prolific playwright of such titles as Sylvia, The Dining Room, and, of course, Love Letters, turns 85 today.  We celebrate the day with these two insightful clips from 2000 where he discusses Broadway and the future of American Theater.  For Gurney’s more recent thoughts, including those on his latest play, Love & Money, which just had its World Premiere this summer at ...

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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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