Richard III continues its run through Saturday night.
After a successful and well-received opening weekend of performances in the Wells-Metz Theatre, the IU Theatre production of Shakespeare’s Richard III re-opens tonight at 7:30 for a five-night run (with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.). Tonight’s performance, which includes a post-show discussion with the cast and creative team, is sold out*, but I’m told there are good seats still available for the rest of the run. Visit the IU Auditorium, which acts as our ticket agent, soon. You do not want to miss this production.
*Such is the audience “draw” of the Curtain Talk!
Spring Awakening opens a week from this Friday.
The winner of eight Tony Awards (plus multiple other “best musical” awards), the 2006 rock musical Spring Awakening opens on November 2 in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre. Based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 “children’s tragedy,” Spring Awakening‘s story of adolescents and their sexual yearning within a suppressive, regimented society is full of love, sex, angst, and rock ‘n’ roll. Directed by George Pinney, choreographed by Liza Gennaro, and music directed by Ray Fellman, this is a musical worth seeing.
Anne Garcia-Romero—playwright, screenwriter, scholar
Anne Garcia-Romero is a playwright, screenwriter, and scholar whose work has been developed and produced at, among other venues, the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, The Mark Taper Forum, Hartford Stage, South Coast Rep, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Converence, HERE, INTAR, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She is currently creating a screenplay from her play Mary Peabody in Cuba, working with actor/director/producer Andy Garcia. She has also written for Peninsula Films, Elysian Films, and Disney Creative Entertainment. Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Playscripts, and NoPassport Press. Her work has also been published in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues of 2008 and The Best Stage Scenes of 2008 (Smith & Kraus). Her most recent book project is Contemporary Latina Theater: Transcultural Voices.
Currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame, Anne Garcia-Romero is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. She received her M.F.A. from The Yale School of Drama and her Ph.D. from UC SantaBarbara.
Come hear Anne Garcia-Romero!
Dale McFadden-directed Seminar opens this week at The Phoenix Theatre
Professor Dale McFadden’s production of Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy, Seminar, opens this Thursday, October 25, at the Phoenix Theatre. The play runs through November 25, and details and a production calendar are to be found at phoenixtheatre.org.
In Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy, the diabolical, sarcastic Leonard gives a Masterclass-style writing seminar to four students. As Leonard’s biting criticisms mount, alliances are made and friendships are broken. Who will win the approval of the man who literally wrote the book on what makes authors and writing great?
Theresa Rebeck has written for television (Smash, NYPD Blue, Law & Order),
movies and stage.
The New York Times calls Seminar “sexy, savvy, and uproarious,” so it’s a good bet to take a Seminar, especially this weekend, when all adult seats are just $18, thanks to the Katrina Basile Realtor CheapSeats program at the Phoenix Theatre.
Tom Robson is published in Theatre History Studies
The most recent issue of Theatre History Studies (32: 2012) features an article by Professor Tom Robson, PhD’11, who teaches in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Millikin University. Tom gives a close reading of a late 1890s “plantation play,” Our Old Kentucky Home by Henrietta Vinton Davis and John Edward Bruce, and he carefully analyzes its production history to reveal a remarkably forward-thinking drama, one that, Robson writes, “promoted an agenda for American racial and gender relations that was far more progressive than any previous writers had been on the same subject.”
Tyrone Van Tatenhove in PBS documentary on Cardenio
Tyrone Van Tatenhove, BA’11, was cast in The History of Cardenio, a reconstruction of a lost play by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, re-imagined and researched by Florida State University’s Gary Taylor. The play was produced in April as the inaugural production of the IUPUI Campus Center Theater this past April. Segments of the production were filmed and are included in a half-hour documentary about the project, CSI: Shakespeare, which WFYI, the PBS affiliate in Indianapolis, will broadcast November 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tyrone may be seen in the first shot of (and throughout) the trailer on YouTube. Currently WFYI has not firmed up distribution plans for the program, but we’ll let you know when they do (perhaps early 2013 for Bloomington, I’m told).