From the monthly archives:

April 2010

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Last night I dreamt of my Colorado hosts and today I am wearing the sweatshirt (photographed left) they gifted me upon visiting them a few weeks ago. I was in Colorado Springs over Good Friday to see The Thorn, a passion play of an acrobatic order. The Thorn has been performed since the mid ‘90s [...]

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Hey what, fellas and ladys! Pictured in our Koltès Krump cartoonz above is Isma’il ibn Conner, the creator of 7 Stages of Atlanta’s resident KRUMP ensemble, a dance-king of NegusWorld KRUMP Atlanta, and the actor portraying King Claudius in 7 Stages’ lyrical-mayhem, black-box production of [...]

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Broadway Musical ‘Next to Normal’ Nominated for a Webby Award

by Katie Barry April 23, 2010 Critics & Reviews
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The Broadway musical Next to Normal is up for a Webby Award for its use of social media in advertising. Although the play has done several interesting social media events including a YouTube Mash up contest and a song written with help from Twitter users, its Webby nomination comes for its Twitter Performance, a tweeted [...]

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Harnessing the Hashtag

by August Schulenburg April 22, 2010 Tech & the Arts
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You sit at your computer, your Twitter account before you, and with a single click, aggregate a hundred disparate voices into a single stream focused on a single topic. You have harnessed the hashtag. What is a hashtag, and how do you wield its awesome power? When tweeting, simply put a pound sign before a [...]

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TCG at Arts Advocacy Day 2010

by Alissa Moore April 22, 2010 Events
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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No! It’s a…Congresswoman? How would you describe the garb of your ideal super hero? My personal answer to this question has changed quite drastically after TCG’s participation in Arts Advocacy Day (AAD) 2010. I would now say, without batting an eyelash, that my idea of a true super hero‘s [...]

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Data as Art

by Katie Barry April 16, 2010 Tech & the Arts
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We are positively swimming in data. Based on my intimate relationship with TCG’s database, I can tell you within a few minutes how many of our books are written by authors whose names start with “k”(34), how many people are registered for the national conference this year (517), and how many member theatres did Othello [...]

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Watch & Listen: Writing for Change

by TCG News April 14, 2010 Watch & Listen
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(Length: 1 hour, 30 mins) TCG author and former staff member Young Jean Lee, Kristoffer Diaz, Tarrell Alvin McCraney (soon to be TCG author) and Tanya Saracho discuss their perspectives as members of a new generation of playwrights—all are under 30—who write about identity and politics and whose works make us aware of clichés, distortions, [...]

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The Second Impression

by August Schulenburg April 12, 2010 Critics & Reviews
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(photograph by Eric Y. Exit) You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But if you’re an ambitious, challenging new play, it may be the second impression that counts. Critic Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune wrote a mixed review of Rebecca Gilman’s A True History of the Johnstown Flood, playing now [...]

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Meet the Members: Barclay Goldsmith – Borderlands Theater, Tucson, AZ

by Ashley Faison April 12, 2010 Events
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This past Tuesday (4/6), Barclay Goldsmith, Founding Artistic Director from Borderlands Theater stopped by for a visit with Teresa Eyring and TCG staffers. We always enjoy meeting our members and thought you might enjoy getting to know Borderlands Theater as well. So here’s the scoop. Borderlands was founded in 1986 focusing on US Latino playwrights [...]

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More American History Musicals, Please!

by Rob Weinert-Kendt April 8, 2010 Critics & Reviews
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The ecstatic reception for the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at New York’s Public Theatre, which depicts our 7th president as a tight-jean-wearing “emo” rock star, made me realize that it represents a vastly under-explored genre: the American history musical. Apart from the Founding Fathers tuner 1776, the field is pretty clear of shows that [...]

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Watch & Listen: In Oregon, A Theatre Thrives Despite The Downturn

by TCG News April 6, 2010 Events
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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Celebrates it’s 75th Year

NPR looks at the iconic festival that started as an outdoor summer theatre in 1935 and continues to thrive in the Pacific NW.

(Audio, 5min 52sec – View Full Post to Listen)

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But Some of My Best Friends Are Critics

by Rob Weinert-Kendt April 1, 2010 Critics & Reviews
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Should playwrights review theatre, the way authors commonly review each other’s books? That’s the simple question posed by Time Out New York theatre editor David Cote in a recent blog post for the Guardian, and it reminded me of a contentious reader talkback that New Yorker critic John Lahr did last year, in which Lahr—who’s [...]

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DIY: Lumpia Campesina (Filipino Eggroll)

by Ashley Faison April 1, 2010 American Theatre magazine
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American Theatre magazine’s April “Food Issue” has hit the stands! This issue explores (among other things) the relationship between food and theatre (complete with eight great tear-out recipe cards, suitable for using, abusing, spilling on, scribbling on and filing away). How do we know these eight recipes make for such a fine and fancy feast? [...]

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