From the monthly archives:

May 2014

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(Beth Grossman scribing at the New York Stock Exchange, © Beth Grossman 2013. This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) I set up my easel at a public park bench and start scribing the United States Constitution with a quill pen on discarded moneybags. An American [...]

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Over 300 years of African American theater history, from its earliest influences to its current artists and leaders, is too often inaccessible and inadequately represented. The political and cultural histories to which this culturally specific art refers are not well known—they are not taught systematically in our schools and universities. Of the history that is [...]

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Digital Acting in A Killing Game

by Melanie Harker May 30, 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.) When dog & pony dc director Colin K. Bills declared that we were planning to incorporate a Twitter component that would require active tweeting, I was on board. The concept was easy enough: have the characters [...]

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Spotlight on a Community Connector

by Michael John Garcés May 30, 2014 Audience (R)Evolution
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(This post is a part of the Audience (R)Evolution grant program and blog salon.) “Michael!  I have something to tell you!”  Veronica, a participant in our Community Connector’s initiative, came towards me with a huge smile as she told me that she had made an appointment to speak with Father Greg, the leader of Homeboy Industries, an [...]

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Is Our Inherent “Weakness” Actually Our Greatest Strength?

by Sage Lewis May 30, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Survive | Thrive} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) Since we live in a globalized world, there is an increasing awareness of international work, even in the theater which is an art form that is stubbornly local and requires physical presence. But the mediums that can [...]

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Relaxed Performances, “Crip Time,” and Access for All

by J.J. El-Far May 30, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) In case you missed it in your Facebook newsfeeds, Emily Colson and her 23-year-old autistic son Max made news in January when they went to see the “Muppets Most Wanted” in a suburban Boston cinema. As the movie started, Max [...]

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A book group, for theatre

by Maddy Costa May 29, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Katherine Leedale, from what happens to the hope at the end of the evening. Pictured: Tim Crouch, Andy Smith. This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) You saw the show – the one with the rave reviews and the star ratings strung up like fairy [...]

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The Incubator Arts Project Says Goodbye

by Samara Naeymi May 28, 2014 American Theatre magazine
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(The following post is adapted from an email sent announcing the closing of the Incubator Arts Project. We publish it here with their permission.) As of July 1 2014, the Incubator Arts Project will close its doors at St Mark’s Church. It has been a long and wonderful ride in support of emerging work, dating back [...]

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Working With Our Neighbors

by Park Krausen May 28, 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.) (Photo from left to right: Olivier Kemeid, Park Krausen, and Aimée LaBerge) The first time I went to Montreal, the snow piled up six inches. The next time I went to Montreal, the Christmas Market was [...]

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“Why Not Us?”: Lisa Kron on 9/11 and In the Wake

by Julie Haverkate May 28, 2014 Interviews
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(Photo by Joan Marcus) Back in March, TCG published In the Wake by the Obie award-winning playwright of 2.5 Minutes and the book writer for the recent hit musical, Fun Home. In her newest published work, Lisa Kron takes on the big question of our country’s character with Ellen, a political junkie, who on the Thanksgiving [...]

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How will this gender disparity affect the future?

by Eleanor Holdridge May 28, 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 & Inclusion blog salon: Gender Parity in the American Theatre JACQUELINE LAWTON: Year after [...]

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Uncle Vanya

by TCG News May 27, 2014 TCG Books
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Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov A New Version by Annie Baker Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, in a new version by Annie Baker. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for The Flick, Baker earned rave reviews for her version of Chekhov’s classic drama, [...]

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The Fifth Wall

by Tammy Ryan May 27, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) “Bricolage,” a term coined by Levi-Strauss means “making artful use with what’s at hand.” It’s also part of the mission, mantra and heartbeat of Bricolage Production Company located in downtown Pittsburgh. Bricolage, headed by co artistic producing [...]

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Borders

by Kevin Loring May 27, 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.) Underneath the odd lines separating states and provinces, laws, ideas, commerce and cultures, an older matrix of lines persist. Buried beneath the structure of the Americas are the remnants of the ancient and persistent borders of [...]

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Make It Worth It

by Sara Farrington May 27, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) I’ve tried to break down the barrier between theater and the community of the forgotten borough of Staten Island. For the past 3 years, I taught English and Playwriting as an adjunct at The College of Staten [...]

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The Inspector

by TCG News May 27, 2014 TCG Books
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The Inspector by Nikolai Gogol Translated from the Russian by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of The Inspector, a comedy in five acts by Nikolai Gogol, translated from the Russian by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. This essential edition marks the [...]

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Cross-national theatre: coupling American and Argentine icons

by Anisa George May 23, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(This post is part of the Global Connections grant program and blog salon.) Today is my last day in Buenos Aires. I came here a couple of weeks ago with the aid of a Global Connections Grant to embark on a new creation with an old collaborator, Natalia Chami (now co-director and founder of the company LindaLinda). The day [...]

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Creating the Space

by Dafina McMillan May 22, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Michal Daniel of the Intergenerational Leaders of Color Meeting at the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas.)  As we move closer to the National Conference in San Diego (four week countdown!), we’ve been working on ways to expand our framework of how groups come together based on similar interests outside of our [...]

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Community/Resistance: Reflections on discourse and community

by Diana Damian Martin May 21, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) In  The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society, Dardot and Laval present an articulation of  neoliberalism that foregrounds a particular rationality, one that ‘tends to structure and organise not only the action of rulers, but [...]

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Technology in Real Time

by Andrew Lazarow May 21, 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.) “To me, the computer is just another tool. It’s like a pen. You have to have a pen, and to know penmanship, but neither will write the book for you.” – Red Burns, The Godmother of [...]

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Playing in Cities

by Andy Field May 21, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo Credit: Jonas K. This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) 1. I remember a street game we created in 2009 for a summer festival on London’s South Bank, a popular tourist destination. Promoted by the South Bank Centre the piece encouraged players to dress [...]

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The Rebirth of Cool

by Quentin Talley May 20, 2014 Leadership U
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Dear Group, This ain’t your regular Theater Communications post. This is music. Something like trying to explain jazz. Yes, there is structure; but at the end of the day, ya just got ta catch da feelin’ and fall into the experience. This is an ode to rhythm; a work song learned from a producing elder [...]

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OBIES

by Eliza Bent May 20, 2014 American Theatre magazine

“It’s Complicated—like on Facebook,” uttered Michael Feingold, chairman of the Obies. He was attempting to describe how the Obies work to the uninitiated in his opening remarks—awards that confuse many and remain coveted by all. His comment garnered a hearty laugh, that is, for those who were listening. You see, the Obies—and the ceremony that’s [...]

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You Are Here

by Georgina H. Escobar May 20, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) And I’m a Playwright, and here’s my confession: I play at writing. Let go of expectations. This is a piece of clay. It is meant for you to shape, use or push aside and call something (and [...]

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In the Huddle: Digital Strategies for Connecting Playwrights

by Seth Cotterman May 19, 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.) As the Director of Online Media at the Dramatists Guild, it may be shocking to say I’m not all that interested in technology – at least not as much as I’m interested in community. Maybe I [...]

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Write What You Don’t Know

by Danny Mitarotondo May 19, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Pictured: Director Leslie Ishii and playwright Danny Mitarotondo at a rehearsal of Mitarotondo’s Phaeda Wins Award. This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion posts on Jacqueline’s blog. If you are interested in participating in this or any other Circle blog salon, email Gus Schulenburg.) Diversity and [...]

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the little canadian play that did

by Jennifer Overton May 19, 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. Pictured above: Stephen Seay as Simon and Scott Miller as Jake in the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte production of Spelling 2-5-5.) In this era of theatre for young audiences (TYA) companies increasingly producing presold ‘title’ shows, what are [...]

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Checkpoints, Teaching Theatre in Conflict Zones

by Jessica Litwak May 19, 2014 National Conference
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(This post is part of the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders {Art | People} blog salon, curated by Caridad Svich.) I am at Gate C 63. In the International Terminal at Newark Airport. New York to Dubai and from Dubai to Iraq. The invitation to Iraq comes to Theatre Without Borders on a Wednesday afternoon. They need [...]

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Who Should Tell What Story, Amended

by Larissa FastHorse May 19, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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Since I am a half Native American and half white playwright, I advocate for the freedom to tell any story.  I don’t want to be limited to stories about half-breed NDNs from South Dakota who become ballet dancers that retire to a life of writing.  I’m already commissioned to write that story (thanks Peter Brosius), [...]

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100 (monologues) by Eric Bogosian

by TCG News May 18, 2014 TCG Books
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We are pleased to announce the publication of 100 (monologues) by Eric Bogosian. The book is a collection of Bogosian’s acclaimed monologues, which were originally performed as part of his six Off-Broadway solo shows that premiered between 1980 and 2000. “Mr. Bogosian has crossed the line that separates an exciting artist from a cultural hero. [...]

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Artist, Immigrant: Lucie Pohl

by Marcy Arlin May 13, 2014 Artistry & Artistic Innovation
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(To learn more about Marcy Arlin’s Artist, Immigrant blog series, click here.) I met Lucie Pohl when she auditioned (and got the part) in a new play by Ruth Margraff, Three Graces, which we performed at the Ohio Theatre Ice Factory a couple of years ago. Since then we have worked together on readings from Eastern [...]

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Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá

by Alejandra Cisneros & Sandra Delgado May 13, 2014 Global Citizenship
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TCG Young Leaders of Color alums Alejandra Cisneros and Sandra Delgado, recently traveled to Bogotá to attend the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogotá. This biennial festival is in its 14th incarnation and the focus this year was to highlight “por que la fiesta teatral es de todos nosotros, sin distinción alguna, y todos somos anfitriones e [...]

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The Challenge in Forging Connections: Bring it On!

by Pamela López Rodríguez May 13, 2014 Global Citizenship
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It was September 2009 when I first sat in class at Columbia University. My professor stood in front of a diverse group of aspiring art administrators and popped the question: “Who here is an international student?” A few hands started to raise, including mine of course – the girl from Chile. “Well,” she continued – [...]

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Les Exportables And North American Cross-Cultural Exchanges

by Sofi Lambert & Katie McHugh May 12, 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.) Les Exportables has a vibrant, living mission: To translate and produce English-language premieres of Québécois plays for diverse audiences. The company seeks to foster North American cross-cultural exchanges, bridging the gap between English speakers and native [...]

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Blue Star Theatres in San Diego: A City’s Evolving Legacy

by Hannah Fenlon May 1, 2014 Advocacy
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Moving around San Diego, especially in the midst of a brutal East Coast Winter, it’s easy to rejoice in the palm trees, beaches and sandaled tourists strolling along the water (locals don’t wear flip flops in March). Upon closer look, however, you’ll notice the strong and thriving military identity that permeates this Southern California paradise. [...]

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