July 17, 1994 |
It was probably the largest gathering ever assembled for talk about L.A. theater. At least that's what some of the participants said at the "Inventing the Future" conference on mid-sized theaters at UCLA last weekend. No one took an exact head count. Admission was free, so there was no formal registration process. The best guess of the sponsors--the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Theatre and the S. Mark Taper Foundation--was that as many as 1,100 people attended at least some part of the three-day event.
August 4, 2007 |
A director fell through a trapdoor during a rehearsal for the Public Theater's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in New York City's Central Park, breaking four ribs and suffering a collapsed lung. The director, Daniel Sullivan, was expected back at rehearsal in a few days. The production's first preview at the Delacorte Theater was canceled, said the Public Theater's artistic director, Oskar Eustis.
December 7, 1992 |
Fallen Angels: "Angels in America," which closed in L.A. Sunday, is going to New York, but how much of it, when, where and with whom is up for grabs. Speculation that Oskar Eustis and Tony Taccone, who staged Tony Kushner's two-part megaplay at the Mark Taper Forum, will not travel with it is all but confirmed. Taper artistic director Gordon Davidson said during the weekend that a replacement was "likely for lots of complex reasons."
June 3, 1991
Regarding "The Importance of the Taper's 'Caesar' " (Counterpunch, May 20): By publishing Tony Kushner's rebuttal of Sylvie Drake's negative review of "Julius Caesar," The Times is guilty of, in Brutus' words, "a several bastardy." To put Kushner's comments into perspective, not only did Oskar Eustis direct Kushner's "Millennium Approaches" at the Taper, Too last year, but he has also directed many of Kushner's other plays and they are close friends.
November 30, 1989 |
New plays, a revival and a special engagement of the Taper's Improvisational Theatre Project (ITP) will constitute the 1990 season at the Mark Taper Forum's experimental Taper, Too. John Steppling's "The Thrill" (Jan.23-Feb.18), to be co-directed by the playwright and Taper associate artistic director Robert Egan, is described as "a story of tawdry love in a shopping mall with characters whose vulnerability and dreams are sometimes masked by emotional brutality."
October 5, 2012 |
Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep has gifted New York's Public Theater with $1 million. The donation -- in honor of her mentor and Public Theater's founder, Joseph Papp, as well as writer-director Nora Ephron -- was announced Thursday evening at a private reception celebrating the completion of Public Theater's newly renovated (to the tune of $40 million) Astor Place home. Streep is a longtime alumna of Public Theater, which produces Shakespeare and the classics as well as musicals and contemporary and experimental theater.