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Twenty-five Meditations on SITI Company’s Theater Piece No. 1
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Twenty-five Meditations on SITI Company’s Theater Piece No. 1

by David Dudley
29 July 2018
Baldwin’s Back in France
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Baldwin’s Back in France

An Interview with Elise Vigier / Retour de Baldwin en France : Une interview avec Elise Vigier

by Amelia Parenteau, Elise Vigier
18 February 2018
Theatre History Podcast #47
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #47

Translating An Enemy of the People with Dr. Paul Walsh

by Michael Lueger
23 October 2017
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Twenty-five Meditations on SITI Company’s Theater Piece No. 1
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Twenty-five Meditations on SITI Company’s Theater Piece No. 1

29 July 2018

David Dudley explores the story behind John Cage’s Theater Piece No. 1 and discuses SITI Company’s recent production of it, which was conceived and directed by Anne Bogart.

Baldwin’s Back in France
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Baldwin’s Back in France

An Interview with Elise Vigier / Retour de Baldwin en France : Une interview avec Elise Vigier

18 February 2018

An interview with Elise Vigier who staged her adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1979 novel, Just Above My Head at the Maison des Arts de Creteil near Paris. / Une interview avec Elise Vigier, qui a monté son adaptation d’un roman de 1979 de James Baldwin, Harlem Quartet, à la Maison des Arts de Creteil, près de Paris.

Theatre History Podcast #47
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast #47

Translating An Enemy of the People with Dr. Paul Walsh

23 October 2017

Dr. Paul Walsh of the Yale School of Drama joins us to discuss his work translating Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People for the opening production of the Yale Repertory Theatre's 52nd season.

The Eurydice Project in Dublin and the Trapped Woman
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The Eurydice Project in Dublin and the Trapped Woman

26 September 2017

Laura Marriott considers The Eurydice Project in Dublin in the context of Ireland’s Repeal the Eighth movement.

The Complications of Sex
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The Complications of Sex

The Sex Myth

13 September 2017

Carey Purcell engages the complications of sex in The Sex Myth, presented at HERE Arts Center in New York City. 

Antigone in Ferguson
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Antigone in Ferguson

Dramatizing the Divide between Law Enforcement and Community

3 August 2017

Jonathan Mandell writes about Theater of War’s production of Antigone in Ferguson in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Revising and Feminizing the Fairy Tale in Anastasia
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Revising and Feminizing the Fairy Tale in Anastasia

27 June 2017

A fairy tale for our modern age? A consideration of Anastasia by Amanda Prahl.

Exploring Sacrifice and Morality in A Doll’s House, Part 2
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Exploring Sacrifice and Morality in A Doll’s House, Part 2

22 June 2017

What happens to Nora after she slams that door? Cristina Sanza considers A Doll’s House, Part 2.

Theatre History Podcast # 22
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Theatre History Podcast # 22

Dr. Mac Test’s New Translation of La monja alfèrez

13 February 2017

Michael Lueger talks with Dr. Mac Test about his new translation of La monja alfèrez, or The Lieutenant Nun.

Elements of Oz
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Elements of Oz

Pay Attention to the Men Behind the Curtain

17 January 2017

Amelia Parenteau deconstructs the use of technology in The Builders Association’s production of Elements of Oz, an adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, presented at 3LD in New York City.

Rethinking Immersive Theatre
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Rethinking Immersive Theatre

Inside the Wild Heart of Clarice Lispector

5 January 2017

Jonathan Mandell reflects on what makes immersive theatre, through the lens of Inside the Wild Heart, Group .BR’s immersive show about the late Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.

A Sound Designer on The (Remarkable) Encounter
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A Sound Designer on The (Remarkable) Encounter

22 November 2016

Sound designer Victoria Deiorio reflects on her experience of Complicite’s The Encounter and its ingenious use of sound. 

Interview with Herbert Sigüenza
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Interview with Herbert Sigüenza

10 November 2016

Dramaturg Maria Patrice Amon interviews Playwright Herbert Sigüenza about his comic influences, and Manifest Destinitis, his adaptation of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid.

Women and Men in Robert Falls’ 2666
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Women and Men in Robert Falls’ 2666

13 October 2016

Leigh Bienen on the Goodman Theatre production of 2666 which adapts Roberto Bolaño’s nine-hundred and something page novel for the stage.

Roads into Portrayals of Mental Health Onstage
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Roads into Portrayals of Mental Health Onstage

7 October 2016

Frequent overseas contributor verity healey reports on the Belarus Free Theatre workshop exploring the intersection of how a true story about mental illness is portrayed on stage.

Open and Roving Rehearsals
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Open and Roving Rehearsals

7 October 2016

Michael Rohd and Maureen Towey share an excerpt from their new book The Penelope Project: An Arts-Based Odyssey to Change Elder Care, writing about creating and rehearsing a show in a retirement community.

It Can Happen Here
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It Can Happen Here

5 October 2016

David Dower talks with Tony Taccone about his adaptation of It Can’t Happen Here at Berkeley Rep, and what it means for an institution to program a new work that speaks directly to our present moment.

Toward a Sensory Theatre / Hacia un Teatro Sensorial
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Toward a Sensory Theatre / Hacia un Teatro Sensorial

10 September 2016

Beatriz Afonso Santos describes her process of exploring theatre and theatremaking techniques that involve all the senses. Read it in English and in Spanish!

The Brutal Made Beautiful
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The Brutal Made Beautiful

Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed

25 August 2016

David Bruin on the world premiere of Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed, futurist puppet plays by Fortunato Depero, translated, designed, and directed by Dan Hurlin at Bard SummerScape.

All Aboard the Train to Hadestown
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All Aboard the Train to Hadestown

23 August 2016

Megan Patterson on the New York Theatre Workshop production of the musical Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell, developed with and directed by Rachel Chavkin.

Feminism and Femininity in Broadway’s Waitress
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Feminism and Femininity in Broadway’s Waitress

2 August 2016

Danielle Feder responds to the critical reception of the Broadway show Waitress.

The Adaptor as Director
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The Adaptor as Director

26 July 2016

Edward Einhorn describes his experiences as a director, adaptor, and translator, and the similarities and differences between them.

Translation Theatre
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Translation Theatre

New Saloon Theater Co. on MINOR CHARACTER

26 July 2016

Bertie Ferdman chats with New Saloon Theater Co. about their recent production, MINOR CHARACTER: Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn, New York.

Reconstructing and Reimagining
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Reconstructing and Reimagining

Noah Diamond and the First Marx Brothers Musical

9 July 2016

David Levy discusses Noah Diamond’s adaptation and revival of I’ll Say She Is, the musical debut of the Marx Brothers. 

Shared Vocabulary and Puppetry in Ramesh Meyyappan’s Butterfly
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Shared Vocabulary and Puppetry in Ramesh Meyyappan’s Butterfly

21 June 2016

Ramesh Meyyappan and Gavin Glover discuss their wordless adaptation of Madame Butterfly, replete with kites and puppets, and their hopes for hyphenate theatremakers.