Studio 360 considers the unlikely success of Fiddler on the Roof. (audio)
“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.”
“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.
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.
“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.”
“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.
“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.”
“Children of a Lesser God, a groundbreaking play about the relationship between a deaf woman and a hearing man, who clash over ideas about speech even as they fall in love, will be revived on Broadway during the 2015-16 theater season … The director will be Kenny Leon, who won a Tony Award in June for staging the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun last spring.”