Journalin-depth stories

  • Listening for Unheard Voices—Syria: The Trojan Women Derek Goldman
    The "Syria: The Trojan Women" project speaks deeply to us both because of its extraordinary artistic merit and because we feel that the voices of these women, and by extension the voices of over two million Syrian Refugees, are almost entirely unknown and unheard by US audiences. The women of Syria have experienced the destruction of their homes, have had family members, brutalized, raped and killed, and have been forced to flee into exile, losing their community and their status as citizens. The production of "Syria: The Trojan Women" artfully weaves the poignant and harrowing testimonial narratives of the women—none of whom have previous theater experience—as well as letters of their own creation to loved ones still in Syria and scattered in exile, against the backdrop of tableaux, scenes and choral episodes from Euripides’ ancient play.
  • Oh, the Feels! Or, What Is the Collision Project? Anne Towns
    Accurately describing what Collision means to the young men and women who participate each summer is challenging. Part coming-of-age experience, part artistic awakening, part old-fashioned southern tent revival, the Collision Project is much more than its resulting hour-long performance. 2014 marks the thirteenth annual Alliance Theatre Collision Project, in which local teens “collide” with a classic text to create an original piece of theater under the guidance of professional theater artists.

NewCritcriticism & analysis

  • All the World on Stage In One Neighborhood? 2014 Theater: Village Festival Jonathan Mandell
    “I want to reinvigorate the idea of this neighborhood being a destination for theater,” David Van Asselt, artistic director of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, told me last year, explaining why he was launching the first annual Theater: Village Festival with three other Greenwich Village theaters—Axis, Cherry Lane, and New Ohio. To Van Asselt, “theater is the Village,” thus the colon in the festival’s title.
  • The Scottish Independence Debate at the Edinburgh Festival, Part Two Talya Kingston
    At this moment, the play transcended its story; the play was Scotland, and all of Scotland was the play... The climax of over seven hours of theater, this felt like the political rallying cry that the independence movement, as much as the “ungovernable” clan leaders on stage, had been waiting for.

Blognews, trends, insights

  • Creating the Belarusian Dream Theater Project Brendan McCall
    While I was reaping the benefits of working internationally, my Belarusian friends were living as a theater company in exile. What could I do to help make a difference? What tools could I use, as a theater artist, to break down this silence, censorship, and oppressive regime?
  • Livestreaming Lark Play Development Center's Meet the Writers—Mon, Sept 22 HowlRound TV
    Lark Play Development Center in New York City presents "Meet the Writers", the public kick-off event of the 21st Annual Playwrights' Week. Meet the seven writers—Mando Alvarado, Dominic Finocchiaro, Diana Grisanti, Hansol Jung, Jennifer A. Kokai, Walt McGough, Lauren Yee—as they speak about the process of playwriting and share excerpts from their plays livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at on Monday, September 22 at 4pm PDT (Vancouver) / 6pm CDT (Austin) / 7pm EDT (New York). Follow @LarkTalks, @HowlRoundTV. Use #TheatreTalk and #newplay.

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