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.
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February 3, 1990 |
A prominent Soviet playwright visiting Los Angeles has issued a plea to Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to condemn a rising tide of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union before it erupts into widespread violence.
March 31, 1989 |
Winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama for her "Heidi Chronicles" was "a total surprise," said Wendy Wasserstein in a brief telephone interview Thursday. "One doesn't know how these things work. I didn't even know if I was nominated." But she feels "really honored" by the award.
January 21, 1989 |
It's nightmare time at the Vatican. A 16th-Century Pope goes to sleep and dreams of heaven in Snoo Wilson's sociological fantasy, "More Light," opening tonight at the Lex Theatre in Hollywood. Along for the bumpy ride are Shakespeare (played by a black woman); Queen Elizabeth I; royal astrologer Dr. Dee; a forger named Kelly; a barmaid born to a witch and Bacchus, and the renowned freethinker/period-pop hero Giordano Bruno.
September 12, 1991 |
Once again, a court has been asked to step into an argument between creativity and commercialism, and settle the question: What is left behind when a celebrity dies? And who does it belong to? This federal court case involves rights to the fame of Janis Joplin, the growly, belt-'em-out blues singer who helped shape the musical epoch of the '60s with her renditions of songs like "Me and Bobby McGee" and "(Take a) Piece of My Heart."
October 22, 1988 |
"I write with a sense of urgency," declared the 59-year-old part-Maori playwright who goes simply by the name Renee. "There are so many women who wait impatiently for their stories to be told. . . ." Until nine years ago, she was among them. "Then I thought: 'When I am lying on my deathbed, do I want to be filled with regret for journeys not taken, love not spoken, realities not written, all because I was too frightened?'
January 15, 1990 |
South Coast Repertory has commissioned new plays from six playwrights--two of them, Marlane Meyer and Anthony Clarvoe, for the first time--theater officials announced Saturday. The 1990 commissions, each worth from $5,000 to $10,000, also have gone to SCR associate artist Craig Lucas, Neal Bell, Howard Korder and Keith Reddin. The new awards bring the number of writers now scripting plays for the theater to 14.