July 23, 2012 |
LA JOLLA - The controversy over the casting of a new musical set in China with mostly non-Asians provoked a series of heated exchanges at a public forum arranged by the La Jolla Playhouse. The casting of “The Nightingale,” written by Tony-winning “Spring Awakening” collaborators Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, has drawn sharp criticism. The musical, adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story and set in ancient China, features a multicultural cast of 12, with two actors of Asian descent in supporting roles.
July 24, 2012 |
Are we really living in a post-racial world? It seems like we're back in the 1990s, when all hell broke loose on Broadway after the British star Jonathan Pryce was cast as the Eurasian lead in “Miss Saigon.” The “multicultural” casting of “The Nightingale” at La Jolla Playhouse has provoked a similar backlash, with leaders of the Asian American theater community decrying the way a work set in ancient China has been cast with only two...
April 20, 2012 |
"I always had an acting bug," Clara Mamet declared recently during a rehearsal break at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica. The confession wasn't exactly startling, coming from the newest member of a growing family dynasty of writer-performers. Clara Mamet, the daughter of actress Rebecca Pidgeon and author David Mamet, grew up reading a play a day and watching her parents shuttle between stages and film sets. One of her half-siblings, Zosia Mamet, also is an actress, portraying Joyce Ramsay on "Mad Men"and the nerdy Shoshanna on "Girls,"HBO's new outer-borough retort to "Sex and the City.
January 18, 2013 |
MOSCOW - The artistic director of Russia's famed Bolshoi Ballet was attacked by an assailant who threw acid in his face, police and theater officials said Friday. The assault followed what a colleague said were several weeks of threats and intimidation. Sergei Filin was about to enter his house in downtown Moscow just before midnight Thursday when a masked stranger called him by his name and then flung the acid, Bolshoi's spokeswoman Yekaterina Novikova said. Filin, 42, suffered third-degree burns to his face and damage to the corneas of his eyes.
April 4, 2013 |
Two days after news broke that Nicola Formichetti was out as creative director at the French fashion house founded by Thierry Mugler , Italy's denim-based Diesel brand announced Thursday that it had tapped the social-media-savvy stylist and designer -- the one who notoriously styled Lady Gaga in a Franc Fernandez dress made of raw meat -- to serve as artistic director. According to Diesel's announcement, Formichetti will "oversee all creative activities of the Diesel main line, including the areas of product, communications and interior design," as well as spearhead a project dubbed "Diesel Reboot," for which he plans "to mobilize an emerging global creative community to collaborate with him" via a dedicated tumblr page . Rumors of where Formichetti would go next had been swirling since reports surfaced Tuesday that he and Mugler had parted ways "by mutual agreement," and several hours ago he fittingly took to his Twitter account to confirm where he'd landed, posting in part: "Buongiorno!
November 30, 2011
Completing a directorial swap between California and Kentucky, Actors Theatre of Louisville announced Tuesday that Les Waters, associate artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre since 2003, will be its next artistic director. Waters, a 59-year-old native of northern England, will start his new gig in March, succeeding Marc Masterson, who had led Actors Theatre for nearly 11 years before being grabbed earlier this year as the new artistic director of South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.