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Steppenwolf Vet Laurie Metcalf Reflects On TV Versus Theatre

The need for stamina, combined with memorization and the commitment of a run. This run is short; I am used to being asked to do five or six months. But the live theater is still where I find all my creativity. The rehearsal room is the one place I love to be and where I feel most at home....

Faust In The Financial District, 1929: What’s Next From The Producers Of “Sleep No More”

"A version of the Faust legend (well, several braided versions of the Faust legend), Life and Trust, which opens Aug. 1, occupies 100,000 square feet over six floors of a financial district skyscraper in New York that was once the home of the City Bank-Farmers Trust Company." - The New York Times

Summer Theatre Festivals Are Facing Big Challenges

“All these challenges are an existential threat to summer theatre as we know it. I’m an optimistic person, but we are facing difficult headwinds. - American Theatre

Why A Musical-Comedy About Witches And Cossacks Is The Smash Hit Of Kyiv Theatre

The Witch of Konotop is a 1982 stage adaptation of a classic Ukrainian novella published in 1832, telling the story of a Cossack town administrator in the 17th century who goes on an honest-to-goodness witch hunt. For more than a year it has been the hottest ticket in Kyiv. (audio) - NPR

One Of San Francisco’s Coolest Theaters Is Closing Its Doors

Cutting Ball Theater plans to cease operations at the end of 2024. In its 25 years, Cutting Ball has mounted a Strindberg marathon, a staged documentary about its Tenderloin neighbors, Gertrude Stein and Suzan Lori-Parks on the same bill, and … classics audiences couldn’t see anywhere else. - San Francisco Chronicle (MSN)

Edinburgh Fringe Faces A Shortage Of Venues

"As arts spaces across Scotland’s capital struggle to stay afloat, the number of venues hosting fringe shows this year is among the lowest of the past decade. In August, ... 262 venues will welcome audiences, an almost 20% reduction since the festival’s peak in 2019." - The Observer (UK)

How ‘Sing Sing,’ Set In A Prison, Captures The Beauty Of Being On The Stage

“When practiced communally, the pastime of playing pretend can yield powerful, lasting changes.” - Los Angeles Times

Equity Actors In Britain File Lawsuit Against A Casting Website

“Spotlight charges performers to appear in its directory, which it says was used to cast 99% of productions in the UK in 2023. But Equity says the fees, which were recently increased to £216 a year for actors on a monthly tariff, are ‘above what the law reasonably allows.’” - BBC

Florida Theatres Offer To Give Up Grants If Desantis Restores Arts Funding For Others

Leaders of The Orlando Fringe and Tampa Fringe described the governor’s description as inaccurate on Thursday at a news conference, but they said it was important for the state’s arts groups to be funded because they play critical roles in their communities. - AP

America’s First Alcohol-Free Comedy Club

Comedian John Tobin and business partner Norm Laviolette own and operate several comedy venues in Boston and New England, and they noticed that younger audience members were drinking far fewer beers and cocktails than their older counterparts did. So the pair launched SoBar Comedy. - WBUR (Boston)

The Art Of Casting

“If a show was a painting, we would do the initial sketch.” - The Guardian

For The First Time, Christopher Marlowe’s Complete Plays Have Been Filmed As A Cycle

"The eight films, which feature some of the UK's top performers, will receive their premiere screenings at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury, the city in Kent where the writer was born. The viewings, between 16-24 August, will mark the 460th anniversary of Marlowe's birth." - BBC

The New Play About J.K. Rowling Is Controversial In Britain And The States. Yet No One Has Seen It.

The one-act by American writer Joshua Kaplan, titled TERF, doesn't premiere until next month at the Edinburgh Fringe, yet right-wing media on both sides of the Atlantic have attacked it — sight unseen — as hostile to Rowling, a well-known critic of alleged excesses of the trans rights movement. - The Hollywood Reporter

A Theatre Redefining Diversity

BAD exists for actors who’ve been shut out of roles for being insufficiently white, thin or cisgender, who’ve not felt welcome in audition rooms because of a physical disability, neuro-atypicality or any other aspect of their identity. Here, they’re not relegated to the margins of the chorus line. They play heroes, love interests and ingenues.  - San Francisco Chronicle

French Critic Sues Theatremaker Who Mocked Him Onstage And Mooned Audience

Stéphane Capron from radio station France Inter filed a defamation claim against Spanish actor-director Angélica Liddell after she read one of his reviews aloud, called him a cabrón, told him and other critics to "face your own vileness," and mooned the audience from the stage at the Avignon Festival. - The Guardian

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