Off the charts demand is a beautiful thing. That’s the way it should be for theatre – not begging people to come support you, but rather battening down the hatches to control a wait list line that stretches around the block for a sold out show.
If you’re setting sail on the perilous journey of adapting a long historical drama for the stage, particularly one that tries to deal with the glorious (or not) story of America’s early days, you should be very familiar with two examples from the genre that define a spectrum of possible outcomes.
On one end, HAMILTON, the international juggernaut that breathes life into history by using forms and multi ethnic bodies of the present. On the other, RED, WHITE AND BLAINE, the show staged inside of the film WAITING FOR GUFFMAN that has become a defining reference for amateur community theatre and (more subtly) oblivious historical white washing of what life on the merry frontier was like.
When real world events move fast and furious, it can be hard to get new plays out there that address what’s happening. It takes a while to write a play. And many theatres plan their seasons years in advance.
If you like theatre, you should know about L.A. Theatre Works. But I’m betting you don’t. So here’s a heads up to get the new year rolling.
L.A Theatre Works has been producing plays for audio in front of a live audience for over 25 years. They started off with CD’s in the mail and now distribute via all the usual channels, including Audible. Their catalogue has grown to over 400 titles. And many of these are blindingly good, must-listen shows.
He can act, he can write. And he has won big awards for both disciplines. For all we know, the man can also sing and dance and is readying his musical debut. Any way you look at it, Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Tracy Letts is a force on the American stage and screen.
And he’s got another new play comin’ at you. Soon.
Running March 30 – May 21, 2017, Letts’s Linda Vista hits the boards at Steppenwolf.
Looking for a destination theatre trip to put some spring in your step? This promises to be one worth traveling for.
It’s the New Year, and already that resolution to have less drama in your life is under pressure.
Because opening weekend at Oregon Shakespeare Festival is coming up fast. And you can’t miss that. If you’re into theatre and anywhere near Oregon, there is no place else to be the weekend of Feb 24-26. So ye best plan to attend for a bard load of drama, fun and food.
As always, the season kicks off with four openings over three days. There are many other unique events over opening weekend that make this a theatre gathering unlike just about anything you’ll ever experience. Think of it as Broadway under the Siskiyou. With plentiful outdoor adventure options, it’s hard to think of a more exciting weekend. Anywhere.
Ski in the morning, consume affogatos in the afternoon, watch Shakespeare at night. It’s a tough life but someone has to do it.