Odds ‘n Ends ‘n Beginnings

I am overdue for a post and haven’t yet had a chance to write one about the awesome weekend I recently spent in San Francisco attending Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s New Works weekend at the Hyatt Regency.  (Lue Douthit, Loretta Greco, Luis Alfaro, Amy Freed, Mfoniso Udofia, and so many more amazing theatre artists and theatre lovers ….more soon.)  But I have been collecting bits and pieces of notes about things I’ve written here that you might find interesting:

All the Way now an HBO movie!  You may remember my raving about this wonderful play about LBJ when I first saw it at OSF and then had the great fortune to interview the playwright Robert Schenkkan in Louisville just hours before he won the 2013 Steinberg New Play Award.  The play went on to Broadway starring Bryan Cranston and the play, the playwright and the actor garnered Tony Awards.  It is now an HBO movie starring Bryan Cranston and produced by Stephen Spielberg (let’s hope it doesn’t stray far from the play) premiering on HBO May 21, 2016.

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– I scooped American Theatre Magazine!  Last month I profiled Costume Designer Alina Bokovikova and was delighted to see a piece about her in the current April issue of the national theatre magazine in their column  ”ROLE CALL — People to Watch”.   Toldja.

– Speaking of American Theatre Magazine, the current issue also has a fun Almanac feature on theatre history.matthew  It mentions that ten years ago was the world premiere of (now famous) playwright Matthew Lopez’s play The Whipping Man.  Matthew holds a special place in my heart since watching most of the rehearsals for the second production of his play Somewhere and then writing about that wonderful experience was the genesis of TheatrePlayByPlay.com and has been my way into more rehearsal halls, readings and discussions with theatre artists.

– Readers may recall I was wowed by Aaron Loeb’s play Ideation both times I saw it in San Francisco — at the Sandbox Series new play developmental reading and at the SF Playhouse world premiere (for which it won the Will Glickman Award).  The same production is now a Critics’ Pick in its Off-Broadway run at 59E59 Theatre in New York in a limited run through April 17.  Such a  wonderful (and creepy) play.  See it anywhere you can.  I’m certain there are more productions in its future.

– In a couple of weeks I will be heading to South Coast Rep to attend the Pacific Playwrights Festival industry weekend where I expect to enjoy the readings of 6 new works and two world premieres and, of course, the chance to talk with the theatre artists.  I know that Mike Donahue and Rachel Bonds (the director and playwright of Swimmers, from my last post) will be there and I hope to meet the playwright Jen Silverman and others.

– After checking out a random but broad selection of upcoming theatre seasons in Northern California and elsewhere, a shout out to Marin Theatre Company and its Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis for one of the most exciting (and perhaps a little brave) season selections I’ve seen. mtcIts 50th Anniversary 2016/17 season has the following productions:  August: Osage County by Tracy Letts, Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberly by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon, Native Son by Nambi E. Kelley, peerless by Jiehae Park; Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph; and The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez.   I have seen and loved four of the six (in one case, a reading) and very much want to see the other two west coast premieres.

See you at the theatre!

 

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