Tag Archives: theater culture

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

Shakespeare

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

female playwrights, gender parity,

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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Netflix-Style Pricing Premieres at Local Theater

First, it took the sitcoms. Now the Netflix pay model is seeping into theater culture. Finally. Third Rail Repertory is the first Portland company pitching a monthly membership subscription pricing for its shows. http://bit.ly/1K8Wexx

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We Asked Audiences to Set Their Own Price for Tickets

Pay What You Decide for Theatre

the Guardian: When was the last time you went to a new theatre show you knew nothing about? In a venue you had never been to before? Where you read the blurb, looked at the image and decided to buy tickets, despite having never heard of the company or the show, or read any reviews of it? ARC’s Pay What You Decide gets a 6 month trial. http://bit.ly/1HSW6Sc

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Get with the Program

This is a little bit odd, isn’t it?  I mean, we are in the 21st century:  a century already full of glowing displays and multiple windows on a single screen all beeping and pinging alerts at us for our attention… … and yet you and I are meeting on good old-fashioned glossy paper. Feels satisfying to have a tactile experience every once in a while, ...

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