June 15, 2004 |
Stage director Moises Kaufman didn't do too badly with his last foray into Germanic subject matter: He directed Doug Wright's "I Am My Own Wife," which won this year's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best play with its depiction of the life and times of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who managed to survive both the Nazis and the East German communists while living in Berlin as a cross-dressing, openly gay man.
November 18, 1990
Occidental College cross-country runners Marcial Beltran and Emmet Hogan earned All-American honors by placing sixth and eighth, respectively, in the NCAA Division III championships in Grinnell, Iowa, on Saturday. Occidental placed fifth in the team standings with 137 points, eight behind fourth-place Rochester. Oshkosh won the meet with 87 points, followed by North Central of Naperville, Ill., (100) and La Crosse, Wis., (109).
October 18, 2001 |
The history of the Marquis de Sade is theatrical enough in its factual form, but it has given writers and directors many chances to enhance the story. A ripe example is the current staging of Doug Wright's drama at Stages Theatre in Fullerton. This version of the noble pornographer's incarceration in Charenton Asylum in the early 19th century flashes across the stage as though seen by lightning bolts, a strong and often funny, often very sad, tormented image of de Sade's final decline.
December 5, 2005 |
Screenwriter Robin Swicord sought to transform herself into an "everyman" when she set out to adapt "Memoirs of a Geisha" for the big screen. She simply had to trust her instincts as she sought to draw out the essence of the bestselling novel by Arthur Golden upon which the movie is based. "I had to go on the simple thought of, 'What I loved [from the book] is what other people loved.' In a way, it is kind of an act of faith," she recounts.
May 29, 2012 |
Perhaps proving that time and tastes may change, but dreams of a free car are forever, the musical "Hands on a Hardbody" will make the leap from the West Coast to Broadway for the 2012-13 season. The La Jolla Playhouse production, which is based on S.R. Bindler and Kevin Morris' 1997 documentary of the same name, opened on May 12. It features a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright of "I Am My Own Wife. " The musical is directed by Neil Pepe, who also directed "Speed-the-Plow" on Broadway in 2008, and in an additional bit of crossover appeal, features genre-hopping music by Phish guitarist Trey Anastacio and "Bring It On: The Musical's" Amanda Green.
October 14, 1996 |
Nothing like a bit of frontal nudity to enliven the conversation during a play's intermission. Such was the case Thursday when Howard Hesseman bared considerably more than his soul as the Geffen Playhouse launched its inaugural season with the provocative "Quills." As the Marquis de Sade, Hesseman showed the opening-night crowd a side of himself they'd never seen on "Head of the Class." Merv Griffin called it "startling."
March 22, 2013 |
“Hands on a Hardbody,” a musical about cash-strapped Texans competing for a shiny new pickup truck, pulled into Broadway on Thursday at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in Manhattan. Based on a 1997 documentary of the same name, the show sets recession-era issues to song as a cast of 15 performs with a hand firmly fixed to a Nissan. (The last contestant touching the truck takes it home.) The production, which premiered last year at the La Jolla Playhouse, has an experienced trio at the wheel: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife”)
April 19, 1990 |
Question: I bought a diver's helmet from an antique shop. It appears to be a good number of years old. Who could help me research its history?--F.E. Answer: Leon Lyons of St. Augustine, Fla., has put together a formidable collection of diving helmets that will form the centerpiece for a new maritime museum he expects to open in the historic Florida city in a few weeks.
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December 22, 1993 |
In 47 years of fighting fires, Donald E. (Dewey) Wright said the most stubborn and difficult blaze he ever extinguished was the one on his last birthday cake on Sunday. Without a hose to quench the 70 flickering candles, "I had a hell of a time blowing them out," he quipped. On Monday, the City Council and Fire Chief Allen (Bud) Carter celebrated Wright's birthday with a chorus of "Happy Birthday."