November 2, 2008
I was inspired by Charles McNulty's essay about our contemporary theater and whether it tells our country's current history ["Afflict the Comfortable? Not Broadway," Oct. 26]. I think this question, this problem, is why I became a playwright some years ago. Because my mother looked me in the eye and said, "Tell our story, make us a part of history." Indeed, I had never exactly seen my family's stories or problems grappled with on the stage. I had seen pieces, growing up, like "Sarafina," that opened my heart and left an indelible mark on my mind.
March 11, 2007 |
MRS. K used to give piano lessons. But that was years ago. These days, she sits alone in her living room, eager to chat with anyone who comes to visit. Nobody does. Soon, we realize that things are not what they seem. For starters, Mrs. K is not alone. She exists, as do many people in Julia Cho's plays, in a twilight world crowded with memories that hover like ghosts. In "The Piano Teacher," which opens Friday at South Coast Repertory, we discover what happens when Mrs.
March 25, 2006 |
For the first time in nearly two decades, South Coast Repertory will stage a play by William Shakespeare, as part of its 2006-07 season. The inclusion of "Hamlet," directed by Daniel Sullivan and starring Hamish Linklater in the title role, marks a first for the Costa Mesa theater: It has never performed "Hamlet." The Segerstrom Stage season will open with George Walker's "Nothing Sacred," a play based on "Fathers and Sons," a novel by Russian author Ivan Turgenev.
August 8, 2005 |
American politics, spirituality and morality are viewed through a theatrical prism at the eighth annual Ojai Playwrights Conference, an intensive, in-residence play development retreat for playwrights, actors, dramaturges and directors. Helmed by artistic director Robert Egan, the conference culminates this week at rustic Happy Valley School's Zalk Theatre, with public play readings and symposia presented by noted theater artists from Los Angeles and the East Coast.
May 19, 2006 |
Deceptively modest in scale, Julia Cho's "The Winchester House," now receiving its world premiere at the Theatre @ Boston Court, is actually a surprisingly dense, "Rashomon"-like drama about a young woman's increasingly uncertain remembrance of a molestation. Both a poignant memory play and a trenchant indictment of the essential unreliability of memory, "Winchester" toys with easy assumptions about morality -- and reality.
March 9, 2006 |
NO bankable-name playwrights are on the bill for this year's Pacific Playwrights Festival, but South Coast Repertory, which produces the annual weekend of new plays, has long been in the business of getting in on the ground floor with commercially unproved talent. Past festivals have featured works in progress by such acclaimed names as Donald Margulies, Richard Greenberg and Beth Henley, balanced with scripts by unknowns.