From the monthly archives:

October 2011

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(Click here to watch the videos above) TCG has administered an Internship Program for many years, and this year it falls under our Education Department. We’ve worked to educate and involve interns in every aspect of the work here at TCG. Staff continues to benefit from the energy, ideas and fresh perspective our interns bring [...]

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When was the last time a playwright’s words gave you goose bumps? For me, it was last week at the launch of our TCG Playwrights in Conversation: Discussions and Readings series, in partnership with the Jerome L. Green Performance Space. While reading from his trilogy, The Brother/Sister Plays, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney leaped to his [...]

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The Color of Sugar

by August Schulenburg October 28, 2011 Edgerton New Plays
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(Photo: Craig Schwartz. Pictured: Angela Lewis, J. Mallory McCree) To better tell the stories of the Edgerton grantees, we’ll be sharing details from the plays and productions. In a recent discussion with Stephen McCormick, the Director of Education and Outreach at La Jolla Playhouse, I learned about a particularly fascinating post-show conversation surrounding their production of Kirsten [...]

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The Music of Rebuilding

by August Schulenburg October 26, 2011 Edgerton New Plays

“I really wanted to tell a story that did justice to the work of rebuilding after that kind of disaster.” -Dan Dietz, Playwright, Clementine in the Lower 9 To better tell the stories of the  extraordinary Edgerton grantees, we’ll be sharing details from the plays and productions. We’re thrilled to begin by sharing this video [...]

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Honoring Odile Gakire Katese

by Marcy Arlin October 26, 2011 Global Citizenship
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“You unfurl the wings of time and to both tips you tie all the threads that weave my name. You take a handful of the earth that covers me and infuse each speck with a breath of eternity…Every morning, I get up at dawn I search for you in the thick cotton fog. I turn [...]

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Second Round of 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards

by August Schulenburg October 25, 2011 Edgerton New Plays
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We are pleased to announce the second round of 2011 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards! Granted to TCG member theaters across the U.S., the awards, totaling $762,000, allow 22 theaters extra time in the development and rehearsal of new plays with the entire creative team, helping to extend the life of the play after its first run. [...]

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Call and Response: Andres Munar

by Heather Simms October 25, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“I didn’t really have any experience in anything but the canon. You know, Shakespeare, the Lanford Wilsons, the David Mamets, that’s really what I knew. To see this guy and this piece about my experience as a Colombian, as a Cuban American, it just kind of shook me. You’ve put yourself essentially in a box - what kind of theatre artist [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Shatter the Box Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 25, 2011 Weekly Update
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Last week I was in Washington, DC for the fall LORT meeting, where it’s a pleasure to see and catch up with so many colleagues. Laurie Baskin delivered an advocacy update, including an extremely helpful report with the latest information on the complex issue of White Space, as well as other advocacy issues. We will [...]

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The Canadian Club

by Harrison Hill October 21, 2011 American Theatre magazine
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(Photo by Kevin Berne. A legendary Russian ballet dancer (Pascal Molat) visits Tosca Cafe.) “Why aren’t more American plays seen abroad?” asked Eliza Bent in the May/June 2011 issue of American Theatre. We Yanks have got the goods, Bent argued, but the challenges of taking homegrown productions outside U.S. borders have proven too hard for many [...]

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The Language of the Moment

by Seth Bockley and Devon de Mayo October 20, 2011 Global Connections
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(Photo by Devon de Mayo. Pictured: Seth Bockley, Madeleine Sierra Carrascal, Artús Chávez, Fernando Cordova) By Seth Bockley, Writer/ Director/ Performer in Chicago; and Devon de Mayo, Director in Chicago; recipients of the GLOBAL CONNECTIONS / ON the ROAD grant We started our journey with the ON the ROAD grant on September 15th. Artús Chávez with his collaborators Fernando Cordova and Madeleine [...]

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What If…Theatres Played Moneyball?

by Shawn C. Harris October 19, 2011 What If
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(Learn more about the What If…? Project and what comes next) “What if . . . instead of relying on gut reactions and chemistry, we figured out a way to describe, observe, and measure what we are looking for?” At my blog Love’s Labors Lost, I asked, “What if . . . Indie theatre played Moneyball?” Inspired by [...]

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Keeping it (Dramatically) in the Family

by Diep Tran October 19, 2011 American Theatre magazine
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Is there nothing in life more rewarding and simultaneously frustrating than your family? If you’ve ever had your mother call at inconvenient moments and when she asks, “How is everything going?” (in which you grit your teeth and cheerfully (usually falsely) reply, “Fine!”) then you know what I’m talking about. This week, I saw a [...]

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Call and Response: Young Jean Lee

by Eliza Bent October 18, 2011 I AM THEATRE
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“If you’re studying Shakespeare and you say you want to be a playwright and you have no experience playwriting it’s basically like, you know, being a veterinarian and saying you want to be a dog.” —Young Jean Lee, I AM THEATRE    I never wanted to be a dog. And I certainly never wanted to [...]

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Eleventh Round of the New Generations Program

by TCG News October 17, 2011 New Generations
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The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and TCG announce the eleventh round of recipients for the New Generations Program, a grant initiative originally designed by both organizations in collaboration with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Five theatres and five individuals were awarded over $700,000 this round, with more than $13.5 million in grants awarded to over [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Embracing Velocity Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 17, 2011 Weekly Update
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Last week, I was at the annual Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, where the theme of the meeting was Embracing the Velocity of Change. There were important discussions about the rapid demographic shifts in our nation, the “hybridity” in the creation of art, the growth of diverse and community-based art and the importance of appropriate [...]

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New Voices in the American Theatre

by Julie Haverkate October 14, 2011 Events
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In celebration of its 50th anniversary TCG has partnered with The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space to present TCG Playwrights in Conversation – a series of readings and discussions – that will occur over the course of this anniversary year. To date, TCG Books has published over 235 playwrights, and as a publisher of new [...]

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Notes From Rwanda

by Erik Ehn October 12, 2011 Global Connections

(Video of the Centre x Centre Festival 2011) By Erik Ehn, Playwright, Head of Playwriting, Brown University TAPS Department and recipient of a Global Connections In the Lab grant Following are some reflections from the recent trip to Rwanda, where TCG was a huge help in funding our third annual Centre x Centre Festival – featuring [...]

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Sixth Round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships

by TCG News October 11, 2011 Fox Fellowships

The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, are pleased to announce the sixth round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship recipients. The program is designed to support actors’ professional and artistic development, to enrich relationships between actors and nonprofit theatres and to ensure continued professional commitment [...]

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Call and Response: Judy Rubin

by Kevin E. Moore October 11, 2011 Fall Forum
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“I’ve been a theatre groupie since day one… Being on the board of Playwrights Horizons has never ceased to be the most satisfying thing I’ve done.” – Judith O. Rubin, I AM THEATRE During my years at Arizona Theatre Company, I remember a particularly difficult time when management was asking the board to be a [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Columbus Day Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 10, 2011 Fall Forum
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As I mentioned previously, I was in China for the ITI World Congress in September. TCG is the U.S. Center for the International Theatre Institute, and several of our member theatres and affiliates were able to travel to China for that gathering. Rick Dildine, executive director of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, was one of the [...]

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Catching the Pass

by August Schulenburg October 7, 2011 American Theatre magazine
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(Photo: Gerry Goodstein. Pictured: Amy Staats and Lynette Freeman from WAKING UP by Cori Thomas, directed by Tea Alagić) Having previously featured the ACTpass in Eliza Bent’s April 2011 Strategies column in American Theatre, we were excited when Ensemble Studio Theatre’s ESTpass press release crossed our transom. Was this an idea with legs? How would [...]

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The Emigrant Project

by Rebecca Gilman October 5, 2011 Global Connections
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(Photo: Sven Benediktusson. Pictured: Rebecca Gilman and Mayor Keith Carlson of Lindstrom, MN) Sven Benediktusson and I received a Global Connections grant to conduct research for The Emigrant Project, a documentary play we are creating together. The play is inspired by Wilhelm Moberg’s novel, The Emigrants. The novel tells the story of Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson, [...]

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Call and Response: Anthony Runfola

by Benjamin Hanna October 4, 2011 I AM THEATRE

“What I was able to witness was a room full of people that had walked in as strangers and were leaving as a community.  They realized that they weren’t alone.  And I think that really speaks to the power of theatre and what theatre can do.” -Anthony Runfola, I AM THEATRE In a world where [...]

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Teresa’s Weekly Update: Just the Facts (and the Pulse) Edition

by Teresa Eyring October 4, 2011 Weekly Update
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Last week’s I AM THEATRE is of Anthony Runfola, production manager at Childsplay in Arizona. He talks about the power of theatre to make people become more honest with themselves and bring communities together. Anthony shares a specific story about a talk-back for a play about teen suicide. I know you all have stories about [...]

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