From the monthly archives:

April 2014

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(This post is part of both the Global Connections grantee salon and the World Theatre Day/Crossing Borders salon, curated by Andrea Thome.) OVERVIEW.  In 2012 Borderlands Theater (Tucson) and El Círculo Teatral (Mexico City) embarked on a transnational project to commission, develop and produce two plays. The two directors of El Círculo, Victor Carpinteiro (who [...]

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(Photo from the early years of People’s Light & Theatre Company. Learn more about the An Ideal Theater salon, and how you can participate,  here. Abigail Adams is responding to André Gregory’s essay about The Theatre of the Living Arts in Todd London’s book, An Ideal Theater: Founding Visions for a New American Art. Excerpts from the book will [...]

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Intersecting Lives, One Hallway:
Adam Rapp on extending moments and digging deep

by Julie Haverkate April 29, 2014 Interviews
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Back in January, TCG published The Hallway Trilogy, a harrowing collection of plays by Adam Rapp that premiered, in rep, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2011. The plays – Rose, Paraffin and Nursing – weave tales of love, torment and redemption in one Lower East Side tenement hallway over the course of a century. Ever [...]

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Apps: #TheNewMedium

by Max Vasapoli April 29, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Theatre | Technology} blog salon, curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.) I’m the first to admit it: I am a social media junkie. A consumer of tweets, likes, follows and links who has double-tapped first or already favorited the latest meme. I reveal my woman crush on [...]

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Something that matters (happening now)

by Itamar Moses April 29, 2014 National Conference
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(Itamar Moses’ remarks were originally delivered at the 2010 International Association for Jewish Theatre conference in New York. These remarks are shared here as part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive | Thrive} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) I’ve never done this kind of things before, so bear with me. I mean, I’ve [...]

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Life in the Arts: A Survey

by Brett Elliott April 24, 2014 National Conference
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What motivates you to work in the Arts?  What makes working in the Arts a struggle? For many, working in the arts is a passion.  For some, it may be a happy coincidence.  We are all committed to the art we make, and make possible, but what motivates us is likely different person to person.  [...]

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Rolling Out More Conference Sessions

by TCG News April 24, 2014 National Conference
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This is your last chance to take advantage of the early bird discount for the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders in San Diego. Register by this Friday, 4/25—there will be no more extensions! We’re also continuing to roll out breakout sessions in each of our programmatic arcs: {Survive | Thrive} Identifying New, Diverse Talent [...]

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Thinking Outside The Box

by AmeliaParenteau April 24, 2014 Activism
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Last Tuesday night, I ventured into Brooklyn to see The Box: A Black Comedy by Marcus Gardley, produced by The Foundry Theatre at the Irondale Center. There, I had the rare experience, in my world of New York theater, of distinctly feeling my place as a minority in relation to the cultural world of the [...]

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Early Bird Discount EXTENDED To Friday, April 25…

by TCG News April 23, 2014 National Conference
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…so don’t miss the worm! Join plenary speakers like celebrated theatre artist Taylor Mac and trail-blazing game designer Jane McGonigal at the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders in San Diego. We’re also starting to roll out some of the breakout sessions in each of our four programmatic arcs: {Survive | Thrive} Theatre Buildings, Capital [...]

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Producing Canadian Work in the U.S.

by Charles C Bales April 21, 2014 Global Connections
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This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) A Canadian in New York On Monday, March 30, Canadian playwright and translator Daniel Libman (Cecil & CleopaYtra, O’Neill, Alma and Mrs. Woolf) arrived from Calgary, Alberta, Canada for a three-week stint in New York City. [...]

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Vision Bursts at the Conference

by TCG News April 17, 2014 National Conference
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“We found a better way of doing things. Found? We forged a better way, we scratched it out, hacked it, ripped it, tore it, yanked it, clawed it out of the resisting, unyielding nose-thumbing environment.” -Zelda Fichandler, as quoted in An Ideal Theater* As part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders, we’ll be [...]

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Wait… I Can Bring My Kid to the TCG Conference?

by Devon Berkshire April 16, 2014 National Conference
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Everyone, this is Diego. He’s about to be 12 weeks old, and he’ll be joining us in San Diego. (And while I love this year’s Conference town, no—I did not name him after it. Work-life balance, people.) Why is an infant coming to the TCG National Conference, you ask? Well, because he’s my son. And [...]

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2014 Round 2 Cycle B of Leadership U

by TCG News April 15, 2014 Leadership U
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We are pleased to announce the 2014 Round 2 Cycle B recipients of the Leadership U[niversity]—Continuing Ed program. Through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, grants of up to $5,000 will support four mid-career and veteran theatre professionals at TCG Member Theatres for learning opportunities to advance their leadership skills. The goal of [...]

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#SDTheatre: Keeping Live Theatre Alive–A Call to Creative Theatre Education

by Cecelia Kouma April 11, 2014 National Conference
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(Pictured: Cecelia Kouma Executive Director of Playwrights Project with Cygnet Theatre’s President Judy Garrett, Artistic Director Sean Murray, and Managing Director Bill Schmidt at Playwrights in Process New Play Festival. The following post is part of a series highlighting and celebrating the theatres and theatre people of San Diego as part of the 2014 TCG National Conference in [...]

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Gathering a Community

by Cecilia Copeland April 11, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity and Inclusion Program Arc–Mixed Race/Culture Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: In your work as a theatre [...]

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The Courage to Change

by Evan Tsitsias April 11, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Photo: Interrupted, devised as part of the World Wide Lab, Tom Henning photographer. This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) I am a firm believer in serendipity.  This opportunity to share my thoughts about crossing borders could not have come at a more cosmically-charged time [...]

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Down Past Passyunk

by Maura Krause April 11, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Maura: Great, let’s get started. Introductions for posterity, please? Zell:  I’m A. Zell Williams, the writer of [...]

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The Great God Pan

by TCG News April 11, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog, “one of the brightest new talents in the theatre” (New York Times). Known for delicately detailed character studies that subtly balance humor and insight, Amy Herzog is the Obie Award-winning author of 4000 Miles. Her newest published work, The Great [...]

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Extreme Immersion

by Jessica Cheetham & Simon Magnus April 10, 2014 Audience & Community Engagement
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(Photo from Dwelling at University of Kent. This post is part of a series from the collaborators of Root Experience about interactive and immersive theatre in the U.K. If you’d like to participate, please email Gus Schulenburg.) Badac Theatre’s Anna, Edinburgh Fringe 2013 – an intense, immersive portrayal of the assassination of the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya We [...]

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An International Video Play!

by Fatima Zahra El Filali April 10, 2014 Global Citizenship
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While creating and refining the protocol for Project Alo?, two questions have continued to occupy my mind: How can we keep Alo? in the framework of theater art, rather than video art?           How much of a divide is between the two forms of expression? My background is in visual art. While I find myself [...]

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Burq Off!

by AmeliaParenteau April 10, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(All photos of Nadio Parvez Manzoor.) To give credit where credit is due, I need to preface this piece by saying that earlier in the afternoon of March 28th, I read two excellent articles on Howlround on artist’s voice and privilege, and the notion of “speaking for” a community or culture, both of which framed my [...]

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Eric Bogosian: Let’s Talk About Sex

by Julie Haverkate April 9, 2014 Interviews
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Back in October, TCG published Sex Plays, a single volume of two new plays Eric Bogosian, one of America’s premier performers and most innovative and provocative artists. Skunkweed details the culture clash between a L.A. screenwriter and a working-class girl and her rural Florida clan in a hotel room. 1 + 1, which premiered at [...]

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Getting Our House in Order

by Jesus A. Reyes April 9, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Local group, Elev8 for Life, a leadership and empowerment program that serves youth from Wyvernwood and Estrada Courts. The girls component of Elev8 for Life met in The Shop’s craft room and kitchen. Photos by Jesus A. Reyes. The following post features work by a MetLife/TCG A-ha! grantee–to learn more about the program, click here.) Turning Our [...]

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Who’s the Real Writer When the Play is Devised?

by Daniel Robert Sullivan April 9, 2014 Fox Fellowships
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(This post is part of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships and Fox Fellowship Circle salon.) We sit in a circle at Roundabout Theatre Company and I ask questions. “Why are you laughing so much? You’re quiet today; is something wrong? Here’s a news article; what’s your opinion on it?” That’s a baseline, but sometimes the questions have [...]

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Caution: Playwright Crossing

by Alicia Payne April 9, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(Photo: Garland Lee Thompson, Sr.; Garland Lee Thompson, Jr.; Alicia Payne; Donald Molnar – Readers’ Theatre of New Works at the National Black Theatre Festival. This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) When I was little my mother taught me how to cross the road.  [...]

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Who to Invite

by Deadria Harrington April 9, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It
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(Photo Credit: Taylor Carter-Jones.) From August 4-7, 2014 in New York City, The National Black Theatre is hosting Catalyst: Moving the Black Theatre Legacy Forward, a 4-day intensive tackling the financial and structural crisis Black Theatres face nationwide. We’re now 5 months away from Catalyst and we’ve made a lot of progress; from gaining a hotel [...]

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The Shadow of the Hummingbird

by TCG News April 8, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of The Shadow of the Hummingbird, a new work by Athol Fugard, “the greatest living playwright in the English-speaking world” (Time magazine). The play is currently in the midst of its world premiere at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, and will run through April 27, 2014. [...]

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#SDTheatre: Is San Diego Opera’s denouement a sign of changing times?

by Tim West April 4, 2014 National Conference
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(Pictured: Tim West. The following post is part of a series highlighting and celebrating the theatres and theatre people of San Diego as part of the 2014 TCG National Conference in San Diego. Email Gus Schulenburg if you’d like to participate.) San Diego, site of TCG’s 2014 National Conference, is abuzz of late with the news that one of the city’s [...]

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A Better World Because of Theatre… And Gaming?

by Devon Berkshire April 4, 2014 National Conference
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Why We Chose Jane McGonigal to Speak in San Diego I have a confession to make. I hate video games. Or rather, I used to hate video games. Like a lot of people, video games conjured up images of my teenage friends sitting around playing Mortal Kombat, responding to any questions put to them while [...]

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From the Ground Up

by The 524 Project April 4, 2014 MetLife/TCG A-ha! Think It Do It

A few weeks ago, a group of students at Western International High School in Detroit, MI recorded a two minute scene with an iPad retrofitted with audiovisual technology and emailed it to classmates at Ballou Senior High School in Washington, DC. The video above was a part of a curriculum designed by DC-based nonprofits Young [...]

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#SDTheatre: A Space to Explore Diversity and Identity

by Anthony Methvin April 3, 2014 National Conference
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(Pictured: Anthony Methvin. The following post is part of a series highlighting and celebrating the theatres and theatre people of San Diego as part of the 2014 TCG National Conference in San Diego. Email Gus Schulenburg if you’d like to participate.) One of the things that makes San Diego’s theatre community so extraordinary is its incredible cultural diversity. Diversionary Theatre [...]

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Six minutes driving in downtown Manhattan

by Catherine Banks April 3, 2014 Global Citizenship
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(This post is part of the Canadian theatre salon curated by Chantal Bilodeau for the World Theatre Day 2014/Crossing Borders salon series.) I am on I-95 driving at a speed that has me slightly terrified, trying not to get squeezed into the lanes reserved for transport trucks (built twice as high as the ones on the roads in [...]

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#SDTheatre: A Festival of Opportunity (Part Two)

by Tim West April 1, 2014 National Conference
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(Pictured: Tim West. The following post is part of a series highlighting and celebrating the theatres and theatre people of San Diego as part of the 2014 TCG National Conference in San Diego. This also the second in a two-part series about festival opportunities for emerging theatre artists in the San Diego area.  Email Gus Schulenburg if you’d like to participate.) [...]

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