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January 24, 1996 |
It was a dramatic morning for the budding playwrights of Los Naranjos Elementary School, where 37 visiting high school theater-arts students brought the youngsters' fanciful and funny stories to life. "Godzilla was big, ugly and huge and he smelled really bad," proclaimed the narrator of "King of the Monsters," a candid tale by first-grader Sean Frasier that kept the young audience riveted.
April 7, 1990 |
The Humana New Play Festival at the Actors' Theatre of Louisville has had its good and bad years. Sometimes they have followed the personal fortunes of artistic director Jon Jory, who went through a divorce and remarriage in the course of his 14-year stewardship. Eight weeks ago Jory and his new wife had a baby girl and fortune has smiled, with almost equal benevolence, on this year's festival, which ends today. Women and variety have been the by-words.
October 31, 2005 |
Several playwrights have tried their hand at film directing over the years, including Clifford Odets, David Hare, Sam Shepard and, perhaps most notably, David Mamet. The latest scribe to make the transition to filmmaking is Craig Lucas ("Prelude to a Kiss," "The Light in the Piazza"). The Tony Award-nominated playwright makes his directorial debut with the tragic drama "The Dying Gaul," which opens Friday.
April 28, 2004 |
What worries Noah Haidle is not the newness and suddenness of having his play "Mr. Marmalade" staged by a major regional theater company -- an extreme rarity for somebody who is just 25, is still in graduate school, has never had a professional production and is now the youngest playwright ever produced at South Coast Repertory. It's not the thought that critics and audiences who catch his debut at South Coast Repertory might not like it or get it -- although there's clearly that risk.
April 29, 1999 |
Jarryd Zanzyl's first play is an underwater ocean adventure about a man who dreams he's James Bond in dogged pursuit of Goldfishy. When two professional actors debut his work Friday night, the playwright will be sitting at a desk on stage, taking it all in. He's also there for another reason: to remind the audience that the play was written by a child. Zanzyl is 11.
July 9, 1987 |
Nobody attending readings that will be given during South Coast Repertory's Hispanic Playwrights Project this week in Costa Mesa should try to draw quick conclusions from the program's ethnic label. That, at least, was the message that emerged from interviews with the three playwrights--Jose Rivera, 32; Estella Portillo Trambley, 51, and Ana Maria Simo, 37--whose works will be given public readings Friday and Saturday. Their plays offer a lesson in the limits of labels.
November 28, 1992 |
Playwright John O'Keefe's past is catching up with him, but if he is feeling any dread, it's not coming through the telephone. Usually, he is holed up in his San Francisco home, penning solo and group theater pieces, dense with thickets of language sculpted by a writer's keen memory of a disturbing personal past.
February 4, 1989 |
When an artist gets arrested for speaking his mind, other artists can be counted on to speak theirs. That explains the gathering reaction in the theater world to the news that Vaclav Havel is back in prison. Havel is Czechoslovakia's most distinguished playwright. Los Angeles has seen three of his plays--"A Private View" and "Largo Desolato" at the Mark Taper Forum and "The Memorandum" at Company of Angels.
June 15, 1988 |
When she was a baby, Milcha Sanchez-Scott used to go to cockfights. "I was surprised when my father told me about it, because my parents aren't the kind of people who go to cockfights," said the recent Rockefeller Grant recipient, whose play "Roosters" opens Friday at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. "But in Indonesia, where I was born, it's like a religious ceremony." To research her play, Sanchez-Scott, 33, dutifully re-entered the world of cockfighting. "I was obsessed," she said frankly.
September 16, 1988 |
Insanity, death, divorce, drinking and horse racing are the tragicomic bedfellows in Jamie Baker's "Don't Go Back to Rockville," which opens Thursday at the Victory Theatre in Burbank under his direction. "I was living in Denver three years ago and it was Derby time," the actor/playwright explained of the play's genesis. "I started thinking about my family. My grandmother had had a stroke--and my grandfather, who'd been a jockey (at Churchill Downs), had died 12 years before.