July 6, 1997 |
Sea gulls screech and caw overhead, and the late afternoon fog rolls in as artistic director Michael Greif holds forth from a patio chair in front of the La Jolla Playhouse. On break from rehearsal with scant time to wolf down dinner and sit for an interview, he still seems comfortably at ease in his domain. What a difference a few years make. In 1994, Greif was anything but at home in this same spot.
March 20, 1994 |
In 1990, Joseph Papp named 31-year-old Michael Greif to be one of three resident directors at the New York Public Theatre. "Michael who?" was the response from the New York theater community. Greif's work at the Public got some mixed reviews, but he was taken seriously. Still, he's not exactly a big name. Yet.
February 25, 1992 |
Filling In: Michael Greif, a resident director at the New York Shakespeare Festival, will stage a revival of Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" at La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Forum July 26-Aug. 30, filling the final slot to be announced for the summer season.
November 21, 2010 |
In a rehearsal room several floors above 42nd Street, actress Alice Ripley had just finished crying her way through a particularly heartbreaking scene in the musical "Next to Normal. " Still sobbing, she started thinking about what she was doing, and, she says, "I can't believe I said yes, I would do this again. What was I thinking?" Getting ready to portray bipolar suburbanite Diana Goodman on tour as she had on Broadway, Ripley knew what she was in for. "Playing Diana feels like I'm walking out into traffic," she says.
October 11, 1998 |
The bottom line on Michael Greif--who recently announced that he'll step down as artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse after the 1999 season--is that he may be remembered for the bottom line. Greif, who plans to return to being a New York-based freelance director in order to be closer to loved ones, had an admittedly flashy act to follow when he took over from Des McAnuff in 1995.
March 8, 1994 |
Michael Greif will become the second artistic director of La Jolla Playhouse since it reopened in 1983, replacing Des McAnuff. Greif, 34, currently a free-lance director, will assume the post next fall. He is known to local audiences for staging "What the Butler Saw" in the 1992 La Jolla season. He also co-directed "The Three Cuckolds" in 1986 and is scheduled to direct Neal Bell's new adaptation of Zola's "Therese Raquin," opening July 10.