oldest of the Boston bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
of the 1947 movie "Odd Man Out," directed by Carol Reed.
Boston's Odd Man Out
On the night that Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, marathon bomber on the run,
was found bloodied and half dead in a boat in the back yard of a house
in Watertown, Massachusetts, Jerry Tallmer suddenly realized he had
seen this movie before. It was Carol Reed's "Odd Man Out"
(1947), a film that offers provocative insights on the forces of history
that act on radical temperaments.
The Women’s Initiative
It’s a good time to be a woman in the arts – or rather,
it’s a better time. On Sat. Dec. 4, the Women’s Initiative,
composed of members of the Dramatists Guild, will hold its first symposium
titled “Women in Theater: Achieving Gender Parity” at the
Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South (at 20th Street), New York, NY
from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Two years ago at a Town Hall meeting
of the New Dramatists, playwrights Julia Jordan and Sarah Schulman gave
speeches that inspired a new wave of activism. While 46% of the members
of the Dramatists Guild of America are women, only 13% of all produced
plays are written by women. The Women’s Project and the League
of Professional Theatre Women, both founded by Julia Miles, have been
fighting for equity since their incorporation in 1978 and 1986. By Glenda
The extended family of Ubu Repertory Theater was saddened to receive the
news of the death of translator Richard Miller, whose many translations
of contemporary French plays were produced by that company. Miller died
in his sleep July 30 in his home in Paris, where he had lived since retiring
from the United Nations. Ubu Repertory Theater, under the
direction of Françoise Kourilsky, presented many of Miller's translations
of new French language plays and classics, including "The Just"
by Albert Camus, "No Exit" by Jean-Paul Sartre, "Talk about
Love!" by Paul Émond, "Another Story" by Julius-Amédée
Laou, "A Modest Proposal" by Tilly and "A Tempest"
by Aimé Césaire.
HARRY WIEDER ?--Harry Wieder
"Who was Harry
Wieder ?" Harry Wieder, 57 years old, died, April 27, 2010. Tragedy
struck when Harry Wieder was killed crossing Essex Street, following his
ubiquitous attendance at the monthly meeting of Community board 3--a board
whose foundation was literally shook up by his passing. By Bonnie Stein.
BREAD -- DanusiaTrevino
in "Wonder Bread" in gala at the Players Club. Photo by
Celebrating the Greatest
Arts Journalist of them All On Monday, November 23, 2009 The Players Foundation will
present a Benefit/Celebration to honor the life's work of Jerry Tallmer,
the legendary, prolific NYC theater journalist and critic who was a founder
of the Village Voice and creator of the OBIE Awards. Artists and admirers
will gather to toast the man whose inquiring intellect and visionary writings
started many careers. By Jonathan Slaff.
Interview: A Dialogue
with the Polish Master Krystian Lupa
In Europe, the Polish stage director Krystian Lupa is considered a theatrical
giant. As attested by the 13th Europe Theatre Prize that was bestowed
upon him this past April, Lupa is ranked alongside such major world figures
as Harold Pinter, Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine and Pina Bausch. A director,
stage designer and writer, Lupa has been honored with an Austrian Cross
of Merit in 2001 and the French Order of the Fine Arts and Humanities
in 2002. As my interview with Lupa below shows (conducted with a Polish
translator), Lupa is deeply aware that many gurus are emperors with no
clothes—that often actors blindly follow a great artist by simple
virtue of their charisma. In his most recent works, particularly Factory
2 and Persona, Lupa seeks to expose the irony of the phenomenon of personality,
and he doesn’t mind besmirching the sacred idols to prove his point.
By Randy Gener.
Interview with the
playwright: Jeffrey Sweet
"Flyovers" by Jeffrey Sweet has been running at the 78th St.
Theatre Laboratory since Jan. 29 (it runs through Feb. 15). The 90-minute
play stars Richard Kind as a television film critic who has returned to
his Ohio hometown for a high school reunion, trying to make peace with
his past, but nothing turns out as expected. An interview with the author
by Glenda Frank.
Stephan Balint, an award-winning playwright, poet, actor and co-founder
of the seminal New York avant-garde theater group Squat Theater, died
on October 11 in Budapest, Hungary. He was 64 years old.
A Tribute to Mark
Bonnie Stein, Executive Director of Goh Productions, NYC, responds with
shock to the untimely death of Mark Weil, founding director of the Ilkhom
Theatre of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, who was murdered outside his residence
there on September 7, 2007.
August Bournonville: Napoli Act III in Copenhagen.
Updating Classics: When? Why? ''There come times when people staging classic works of theater
or dance feel an urge to update them, perhaps because they fear those
pieces are now so familiar that they should be seen afresh. So drastic
changes may be made in period and locale. The results are sometimes stimulating,
sometimes merely peculiar.'' Jack Anderson went to Copenhagen and came
back with some thoughts on new stagings.
Quinlan O'Neill, mother of Eugene O'Neill.
Mrs. O'Neill's Illness
A prominent biographer of Eugene O'Neill reconsidered the legacy of the
playwright's mother after reading the script of "Miles to Babylon"
by Ann Harson, which was presented in Off-off Broadway in October, 2006.
The play dramatizes the fight to overcome morphine addiction that was
waged by Ella O'Neill, the model for Mary Tyrone in "Long Day's Journey
into Night." This article is contributed by Stephen A. Black, author
of "Eugene O'Neill: Beyond Mourning and Tragedy," published
by Yale University Press.
Joshua Radin: His
Columbia Records has a new star in the making in Joshua Radin.
Yes, watching this striking brunet rehearse at Joe's Pub for his set
later that night, you can only wish you were the guitar he was strumming.
Afterwards, interviewing him in the intimate Manhattan performance spot's
lobby, staring into his piercing brown eyes and watching those gentle
lips move, you can only wish to be with him or be him, depending on
your persuasion. By Brandon Judell.
Schimmelpfenning (photo by Justine del Corte.)
for your thoughts?
German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig is one of the most prolific
and heralded young dramatists in Europe. At age 38, he has already written
16 plays that have been translated into 20 languages, yet he remains
relatively unknown in America. His 2004 drama Die Frau von Frueher (The
Woman Before) premiered in Vienna before being produced in Bern, Munich
and Stuttgart. Now it is getting its American premiere at HERE Arts
Center in a joint production with German Theater Abroad. By Robert Hicks.
Il Dottore Explains It To Us
Roving Classical Commedia University (RCCU), founded in 2001, is committed
to keeping Commedia Dell'Arte alive as close to its original
form as possible. Its co-founder, Stanley Allan Sherman, takes us
to the essence of Commedia Dell' Arte, describing its magic
in a modern context and even venturing some predictions on its future.
Radio City's Rockettes
For more than three quarters of a century, the Radio City Rockettes,
the world's most famous precision dance troupe, have been a legendary
force in entertainment with a rich history of skill and dedication
to their craft. By Melissa Romanetz.
Arts since 9/11 Report of 2004 Write-In by Artists
of all Disciplines Testimonies
point to continued weakness in the Cultural Sector Whether
their field is theater, the visual arts, dance or music, many established
artists now resort to non-artistic work. Others have left or are
planning to leave the city to avoid economic hardship. By Jonathan
Slaff and Delphine Veaudor, in consultation with Carolyn Sévos.
to New York performing artists after 9/11? Silent victims of the
Actors, directors, scenic artists--as well as visual, musical
and digital artists--were the hardest hit of all occupational
groups in New York, according to this long-awaited survey. Two
respected nonprofits and DowntownNYC!, a coalition of arts and
businesses, surveyed over 700 individual artists. They discovered
that overall earnings are down 46% since the attacks and 13% of
artists who rent are facing eviction. New York is Paris-on-Hudson
and its artists are the lifeblood of its economy. How could this
happen without widespread notice? Surprise!...about three-quarters
of working artists in the City are self employed, so they don't
register on unemployment statistics. This and more dirty little
secrets are revealed in a groundbreaking report.
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