Thursday, May 22, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
American Repertory Theatre appoints a woman AD!
• Another Country, a stage adaptation of the novel by James Baldwin at Riverside Church
• Obie-award winning Eli’s Comin’, featuring the music and lyrics of Laura Nyro
• 40th Anniversary Concert Production of Hair in Central Park for the Public Theatre
• Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Turn of the Screw, and Cosi Fan Tutte, all for the Chicago Opera Theater
• The upcoming Kiss Me, Kate at the Glimmerglass Opera
Diane has asked me to share this statement with you:
“I am deeply honored to be appointed Artistic Director of the A.R.T. When I was a student at Harvard, there was no question A.R.T. was the most exciting and vibrant theater in America. I am thrilled to build on that legacy, and lead the A.R.T. into the future, creating a home for the next generation of outstanding theatre artists who will redefine and revitalize the meaning of theatre for our society.”
I am both excited and proud to have an artist we helped nurture take the organization into a dynamic new era. Please join me in welcoming Diane into our growing family, and supporting her as she leads us down new artistic paths and reaffirms our dedication to creating the most compelling, thought-provoking theatre in the country.
On behalf of everyone here at the A.R.T., I want to thank you for your support over the past several years. Now more than ever, we need to hear from you! So please let us know your thoughts and feelings as we move forward. And please join us in welcoming Diane back to Cambridge, and in celebrating the start of what promises to be an era of renewed artistic exploration and creativity!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Talk about Hot Actresses makes me hot under the collar
Must we have this conversation? It is vulgar and offensive and most of what passes for evidence is junk science. We just don't know enough about primate sexuality or the brain/body connections in humans to accurately describe what is going on in the parings and rankings we observe-- or even our own responses
The folk saying "it is just as easy to love a rich person as a poor one" is is true only so far as assuming any rewarded behavior is "easy". If "attraction", or "hotness" refers to the sending and reception of hormonal signals (which are probably olfactory) we haven't figured out how to measure it or control for other variables.
Marilyn Monroe said in an interview that when she was walking around the Village in glasses and a scarf and not "performing" Goddess Marilyn, nobody looked twice at her. Acting is believing is data. I do know that hotness, like other emotional signals, can be acted. I'm not attractive, but I can play it on stage. Imagination releases the hormones, and audience-- and scene partner's-- hormones respond. Our ancestors called it "casting out lures". Sometimes the effect carries over into "real life". It happened to me recently: I performed in a show I first did 21 years ago, and managed to cast the necessary sensual spell. As I walked down the street afterwards, men's heads turned and I felt that response I just don't get in my day to day existence. I'm in my sixties, and I know what signals are no longer appropriate. But it was really fun watching a month or two back Jane Fonda turn them on for Steven Colbert and reduce him to a quivering mass of protoplasm.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
A request that delights me...
Hi Ms. Horton :
I would very much like my English as second language students to stage (in class) your plays next session (September 2008).
Students will present in small groups. As they are Second language students, I thought it might be a good way for them (another way) to speak in English. My question to you is the following :
Which plays would be best suited for college level students who are looking at themes like censorship, reality TV and mindless entertainment, happiness, ecological footprint, relationships, love… etc…?
Thank you for getting back to me.
I hope I answered this! I was in production at the time and very busy...
I'd be delighted for your classes to use my material. There are short synopses of each play in the alphabetical listing.
No plays about TV, however. Reality interests me more -- although I'm a fan of David Kelly, laughed myself silly over Allie MacBeal and now watch Boston Legal with great pleasure.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Orphan Works Bill - author's opinion
Works" bill have been released and it will affect your creative career!
Write your Reps and Senators.
Refer to Bill H.R. 5889 when writing a House Rep.
Refer to Bill S. 2913 when writing a Senator.
Same Orphan Works bill, different #'s for Senate and House.
A colleague writes:
"If this is a hoax I want to know, if not-I want to do something.
I just received the email (below my signature) and wondered if anyone else has heard of this. (I am usually the last person to find out stuff or hear gossip.) If this is something that has been discussed, junk the email. If this is new to the rest of you, please check it out and send it on to as many artists and writers and creative people as you possibly can.
It is very disturbing to think that our hard work could be used and claimed by others if this goes through."
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Our Voices Together II
Our Voices Together II
2008 ICWP Showcase of Playwrights' Platform Women Writers's New Work
May 17th, 7:00pm Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Wellesley College, MA.
Free and open to the public. See some of the Boston area's best actors in Staged Reading premieres!
7:00 pm Pre-show reception with refreshments.
7:30 pm the short plays:
Russian Master Class by Ludmila Anselm *
Cut by Holly Jensen
Unconditionally by Lida McGirr
Shopping Cart by Regina Ramsey*
The Acolyte by Kelly DuMar *
The Unveiling by Ellen Davis Sullivan
Last Glance by Hortense Gerardo *
Best Practice by G.L. Horton *
Pull a Costner -by Phyllis Rittner
9:15 pm Post-show discussion moderated by Platform board members Chris King and Kelly DuMar.
* members of the International Centre for Women Playwrights, co-sponsor of this second annual celebration.
Stage Page Pod Cast Re: Our Voices Together >
Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Wellesley Summer Theatre
International Centre for Women Playwright
Now I've retrieved my password I'll do some catching up. I'm in a period of intense production activity, acting and directing in a number of short term projects of co-operative Festival-type presentations that add up to constant busy-ness. I haven't the attention span for serious writing, so it seems a good time to make a record of what I've been up to -- starting with the things that are about to happen, and then going back to fill in the ones recently completed. For instance, April 19 & 20th I was performing Martha Mitchell at the West End Theatre in NYC!