Theatre

Well, Of Course My Adaptation Of “The Cherry Orchard” Isn’t Accurate – That Would Be Impossible

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Simon Stephens, who worked from a literal translation by a professor: “It seems especially odd to suggest that a play text, out of any literary form, should be carved out of an attempt to accurately translate the original language of an author writing a century ago. … The nature of translation means that to think otherwise is folly. The nature of theatre means that to aspire to do so is slightly perverse.”

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Shakespeare And Co. Artistic Director Ousted

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“Roughly a month after Shakespeare & Company’s new executive director and president, Rick Dildine, arrived at his job at the helm of the venerable Berkshires company from a similar job at the helm of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, he announced the departure of artistic director Tony Simotes, effective on Nov. 10, several months before the end of Simotes’ contract.”

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Glad Your First Show Went So Well – Now You’re Evicted

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“London fringe venue the Twickenham Theatre is to close just days after its first production – Sweeney Todd starring David Bedella – came to an end. [The company] has been told it has to vacate the premises after the pub over which it is based … was sold without warning.”

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Sometimes, A BFA Is Not The (Immediate) Answer

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“By continuing to carve your own way, without parents there to open every door with their pocketbook, or stand in the wings telling you that you ought to be a star, you are going to be forced to test the assumption of your dream.”

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Yeah, Size Matters In L.A. Theatre

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“The group’s central premise can’t be dismissed: The institutional structures of Los Angeles theater are too weak for an urban center of this size and cultural prestige. Modification to union agreements that points the way toward growth and development is the obvious answer. How to get there is much more complicated.”

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Why Reading Plays Is So Great

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“In fact what I am doing in that moment of reading is acting. I’m not on a stage or in front of an audience; I am not even moving or speaking out loud. … I may be acting silently inside my head, but in that instant, I’m an actor – a unique and rewarding response better elicited by published plays than by any other kind of literature.” Dan Kois demonstrates how this works, with Annie Baker’s The Flick.

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Georgia Shakespeare Co. Shuts Down After 29 Years

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“‘We had no major funders who were willing to make a lead gift,’ Managing Director Jennifer Bauer-Lyons said. ‘We had other people who were kind of waiting in the wings – ‘If you get a lead gift, call us back and we’ll do something’ – but there was nobody willing to make a lead gift.'”

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A Couple Of Apps To Guide Dynamic Theatre Ticket Pricing And Audience Feedback

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One project will use algorithms that automatically lower or raise the venue’s ticket prices in line with demand, as well as the length of time they were booked in advance. Another project – the Audience Discovery Project app – which has been granted £100,716 – will allow event attendees to give feedback on their experience. The project hopes to then use that information to personally recommend events at venues across the city, and encourage return visits.

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A Broadway Play’s Long, Messy Journey To Cinema Screens

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“Efforts to screen high-definition broadcasts of Broadway shows in movie theaters have been random, halting and frustrating. Yet, in little more than a month, a filmed-live version of the recent Broadway production of Of Mice and Men came together and, beginning in November, will be beamed into about 1,400 theaters around the world. It required an unlikely series of coincidences and a measure of sheer doggedness.”

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When Critics Become Playwrights

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“From George Bernard Shaw to Nicholas de Jongh, there is a tradition of reviewers penning their own scripts. So can you learn to write plays by watching them? And does being a playwright make you a better critic?”

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That Time Britain Put On More Than 120 ‘Fun Palaces’ To Honor A Legendary Theatre Director

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“In 1961, partly inspired by traditional pleasure gardens and working men’s institutes, [Joan Littlewood] tried to build a venue where visitors could enjoy performances, learn practical crafts and skills, watch events on giant screens or just eat and drink.” More than 50 years later, theatres in the UK mounted 120 productions in her honor.

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Steppenwolf Theatre Co. Has A New Artistic Director

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“Martha Lavey, the theater’s artistic director since 1995, said that she will step down from her position at the end of the current 2014-15 season. She will be replaced by Anna D. Shapiro, a longtime artistic associate, ensemble member and director at the theater.”

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A Charles Manson Musical (What Will Those German Theatre Directors Think Of Next?)

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“The former cult leader who is serving a life sentence in a California prison is still a touchy subject, at least in the U.S. In Germany, a new stage musical about the convicted killer recently opened and provides a glimpse into Manson’s failed music career and his relationship with his followers who became known as the Manson family.”

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Why A Popular Seattle Theatre Suddenly Shut Down

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“The popular company, which specialized in new and contemporary musicals, surprised many in the local arts community — and drew national interest — with a Sept. 24 announcement that it was deep in the red and suspending operations permanently.”

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Toronto Theatre Has An Odd New Policy For Critics

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“Factory wants to have a week of previews, then an opening night, and only then, five days after the opening, will they invite the media, at a point when the run is half over. Why? Most other theatres beg the critics to come and review their shows ASAP because they need the publicity.”

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