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AMERICAN THEATRE

AMERICAN THEATRE

May/June 2020

THE ONLY NATIONAL MAGAZINE THAT PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE WORLD OF THEATRE BOTH IN THE U.S. AND ABROAD. INCLUDES 5 COMPLETE PLAYSCRIPTS EACH YEAR, ARTIST PROFILES, AND MUCH MORE. TWO SPECIAL ISSUES PUBLISHED EACH YEAR "THEATRE TRAINING" (JANUARY) AND "SEASON PREVIEW" (OCTOBER).

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Frequency:
Interrupted
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4 min.
editor’s note

THE MAGAZINE YOU’RE HOLDING IN YOUR HANDS MAY NOT feel lighter than usual, but it is glaringly missing one key element: several pages of listings of theatre productions in nearly every state of the U.S. that have appeared in the back of every issue of American Theatre for decades now. That is because, as you will hardly need to be reminded, there are no productions on stages in the U.S. now, nor in the foreseeable future. Thanks to the deadly spread of the novel coronavirus disease christened COVID-19, our lives as citizens, consumers, workers, and artists have been irrevocably overturned, and theatre is just one among many social practices abruptly halted by the mandate for social distancing. There is, at press time, no clear end in sight. Even if the curve…

4 min.
adventures with diane

So let’s lead, California. Let’s look beyond our borders to find work and share work. Let’s look at aesthetics. Let’s think of big ideas to make our work at the center of our civil society —From Diane Rodriguez’s keynote at Theatre Bay Area’s April 2016 conference. I FIRST MET DIANE RODRIGUEZ AT A 2007 orientation session for TCG’s New Generations Future Leaders program, which paired emerging leaders with seasoned mentors in theatres across the U.S. Diane, whose long relationship with TCG included participation in the NEA Career Development Program for Directors and Designers, was mentoring Jesus A. Reyes at L.A.’s Center Theater Group. We were sitting in a conference room introducing ourselves and our relationship to TCG and the field. When it was Jesus’s turn, he talked about how important American Theatre…

5 min.
tom key a spiritual connection

ONE OF TOM KEY’S EARLIEST MEMORIES OF VISITING Atlanta is of attending Georgia Tech football games with his father and brother. He recalls driving from the family home in Birmingham, Ala., and watching the Atlanta skyline expand as the car journeyed uphill. He dreamed of living in the bustling city to be part of its cultural scene, and because he saw the city’s response to the Civil Rights movement yielding a better result than Birmingham’s. Years later, he and his wife, Beverly, moved to the city for its budding film industry and scrappy theatre community. He appeared on the TV show In the Heat of the Night and performed in numerous plays at the Alliance Theatre, while he and his wife raised three children. Key eventually found an artistic home at…

2 min.
almanac

225 YEARS AGO (1795) The Triumphs of Love; or, Happy Reconciliation by John Murdock premieres at the New Theatre in Philadelphia. The piece, based on contemporary Quaker debates over the issue of slavery and considered one of the earliest expressions of abolitionism, is the first recorded example of a Black character on a U.S. stage (though played by a white actor) and the first play in United States history to depict the emancipation of an enslaved person. 165 YEARS AGO (1855) The Walnut Street Theatre, another playhouse in the City of Brotherly Love, entices patrons with “Mr. Barry’s Patent Cool Air Machine,” making it the world’s first theatre with an air conditioning system. A century later, in September 1955, director Garson Kanin will complain about the lack of air conditioning there while working…

1 min.
entrances & exits

Oregon Children’s Theatre has promoted associate artistic director Marcella Crowson to be artistic director, effective immediately. Crowson, who originally joined the company in 2006, succeeds Stan Foote, the company’s first artistic director. The League of Resident Theatres has named Stephanie Grassi the organization’s new general counsel. Previously, Grassi was an associate with O’Melveny & Myers LLP since 2014 and, prior to that, she served as the LORT management associate. Grassi began on March 16, succeeding Harry H. Weintraub, who will stay on until Aug. 31 to ensure a smooth transition. Weintraubleaves the organization after serving as general counsel since 1981. Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., has instated a cohort of artistic associates as a collective replacement for the position of artistic director. Rick Shiomi, Ellen Fenster, and Kim…

3 min.
awards & prizes

American Blues Theater in Chicago has named Andrea Stolowitz the winner of the 2020 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Stolowitz will receive a $1,250 cash prize and a staged reading of her winning play, Recent Unsettling Events, as part of the Blue Ink Playwriting Festival. Finalists, who will also have their work featured during the festival, are Football Football Football Football (or I Love Lave Dash) by Kristoffer Diaz, The Mermaids’ Parade by Gina Femia, and Crying on Television by R. Eric Thomas. The United States Institute for Theatre Technology has announced their 2020 award winners. Alexandra Bonds will receive the Oscar G. Brockett Golden Pen Award for her book Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of Character and Culture. Caitlyn Garrity will receive the Herbert D. Greggs award, while John…