Blog entries tagged with dramaturgy

Everything You Wanted To Know About Post-Post Feminism But Were Afraid To Ask

by: Lisa Timmel at 05/08/2013 04:09 PM

“Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, for the straightforward pathway had been lost.” — Dante's  Inferno “I guess the grass is always greener. It’s just . . . It’s what you said, right? It’s that forty-somethin...

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Happy 284th Birthday, Mr. Lessing!

by: Sam Lasman at 01/22/2013 11:07 PM

My desk is currently host to a plethora of baked goods, individually bagged and awaiting sale. While we dramaturgs generally strive to bring good will and sugary cheer to all, there is a more specific reason behind these efforts today. On this day...

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You say, "clafoutis..."

by: Rebecca Curtiss at 01/17/2012 12:09 PM

A savvy, French-speaking patron wrote to us with the following question: "Just saw God of Carnage and was really bugged by a small detail. Why did the cast all mispronounce 'clafoutis?' Surely members of the aspirational class would know to put th...

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5 Ways To Be A Theatre Locavore

by: Lisa Timmel at 09/29/2011 10:30 AM

Picture a playwright. If the person you picture is dead, white, and male, I have news for you. Playwrights walk among us, living, breathing, and creating. One may be sitting next to you right now. (Generally speaking, they tend to love theatre)...

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An Interview with Before I Leave You Playwright Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro

by: Charles Haugland at 09/19/2011 10:42 AM

I recently interviewed playwright Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro to write a note for the program of her upcoming show, Before I Leave You . Parts of the interview were excerpted, so we are offering the whole, uncut interview here on the blog. Enjoy!...

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Educating Rita and Obama's Plan for US Community Colleges

by: Charles Haugland at 03/07/2013 11:44 AM

Educating Rita starts previews this Friday, and in a fascinating coincidence, the subject of adult learners and continuing education is all over the news.   In the play, Rita is a hairdresser who discovers a passion for learning and English...

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New Meets Old: Bus Stop & Circle Mirror Transformation

by: Lisa Timmel at 10/14/2010 02:40 PM

Circle Mirror Transformation  begins at the Calderwood Pavillion this weekend,  Bus Stop  winds down its run over at the BU Theatre. I think I’m alone in this, but my favorite times during the season are when shows overlap, perhaps because there’s...

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Expanding the Idea of New Work: Part IV

by: Charles Haugland at 05/26/2010 03:27 PM

Contributed by Literary Associate Charles Haugland, responding to Lisa Timmel (Huntington's Director of New Work) in their recent posts about new work. Okay, it’s up to me to wrap up the conversation. I’m going to provide a quick summary, and then...

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Expanding the Idea of New Work: Part II

by: Charles Haugland at 04/21/2010 04:06 PM

Contributed by Charles Haugland, in response to Lisa Timmel's recent post.  I'm curious about your theory of the "Goldilocks Point," this balancing point between new work and old work that is different for every individual. I believe that it exist...

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The Power of Duff Comes To Texas (in Spanish)

by: Sebastián Bravo Montenegro at 10/28/2013 11:44 AM

Texas newscaster Michelle Valles and Charles Duff from The Power of Duff have a lot more in common than their day job. Like Charlie, Michelle found herself in the middle of a controversy when her popular sign off phrase “Goodbye and hasta mañana”...

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A Look At Playwright A.R. Gurney

by: Sam Lasman at 11/05/2013 01:29 PM

Albert Ramsdell Gurney, Jr. was born in 1930, scion of a prosperous Buffalo family. He grew up, in his words, “surrounded by plays” — at school, on the radio, at the charity performances of his parents’ social clubs, on weekend trips to local...

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The WASP Life

by: Charles Haugland at 11/07/2013 09:26 AM

“Think much, speak little, write less,” read plaques on display in the homes of Isabella Stewart Gardner and J.P. Morgan. While the prep- schooled scions of the old-money elite controlled America’s political, business, and military establishment f...

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Melinda Lopez's Cuba

by: Charles Haugland at 03/21/2014 01:00 PM

Ten years after Boston playwright Melinda Lopez’s breakout hit Sonia Flew premiered at the Huntington, her newest work Becoming Cuba takes us back to the mercurial and volatile past of the island. An epic and passionate family story, Becoming Cuba...

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The World Before Becoming Cuba: The Road To Rebellion

by: Meghan Mueller at 01/14/2014 01:28 PM

Contagious Independence • 1776 America fights and wins independence, allowing them to trade with new countries and colonies. Cuba becomes a major trading partner, and this relationship with the freshly independent United States encourages Cuba to...

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U.S. Journalists in Cuba

by: Charles Haugland at 04/02/2014 02:30 PM

"American journalists in this period have kind of a bad reputation. We think of them all as yellow journalists, just down there making up stories, but there were also a core of several really serious, well-intentioned journalists. They put their...

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The Women of The Seagull

by: Sam Lasman at 03/04/2014 11:00 AM

Lika Mizinova Chekhov met his wife, Olga Knipper, when she played the role of Irina in the legendary Moscow Art Theatre production of The Seagull . Why he finally married her, three years before he died, has proved a mystery to biographers. The...

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The Seagull: A Portrait of Artists

by: Sam Lasman at 03/11/2014 11:30 AM

Of Chekhov’s four masterworks — The Seagull , Uncle Vanya , Three Sisters , and The Cherry Orchard — only the first depicts the lives of artists. The actress Irina, the novelist Trigorin, the playwright Konstantin, and the aspiring ingénue Nina —...

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Everything You Wanted To Know About The Music of THE SEAGULL But Were Having Trouble Finding On The Internet

by: Charles Haugland at 02/20/2014 10:14 AM

Throughout Anton Chekhov's The Seagull , the once-roving-romantic Dr. Dorn sings snatches of art song, opera, and gypsy ballads, a counterpoint to the action created onstage. Though one of them remains easily accessible to theatres when they prepa...

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The Revolutionary Case of The Seagull

by: Sebastián Bravo Montenegro at 02/26/2014 02:13 PM

When the first production of  The Seagull  premiered at the Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1896, it was an unqualified disaster. So much so that Chekhov wrote to his publisher telling him: "Stop the printing of the plays. I shall never...

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