April 1, 2013 |
Orlando Bloom and Tony nominee Condola Rashad will star in a Broadway production of “Romeo and Juliet” that transports Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers to modern times with race as a central theme. David Leveaux will direct the production, featuring Jayne Houdyshell (“Follies”) as the nurse and Joe Morton (the musical “Raisin”) as Lord Capulet, with additional casting to be announced. Leveaux recently directed "Backbeat" at the Ahmanson Theatre, a musical about the Beatles' formative period playing in German nightclubs.
February 18, 2013 |
TIMBUKTU, Mali - It didn't matter that Timbuktu had been occupied by Islamist militias notorious for meting out 100 lashes to young women who flirted with, or even talked to, men. When Mamou Maiga encountered a dazzling young man while out for a walk, her world turned upside down. "He had beautiful eyes and a gentle smile," recalls Maiga, 21, smiling shyly as she remembered that day in mid-September. "He asked me if he could drop me at my house. I saw no problems. " His name was Adama.
December 20, 2012 |
James Conlon, the music director of Los Angeles Opera, was in Milan, Italy, this week to conduct the opening-night ballet performance of Hector Berlioz's "Romeo and Juliet" at La Scala. But as things sometimes happen in Italy, Wednesday's big opening was canceled due to a strike by members of the chorus. A notice on the website for Teatro alla Scala read that the performance was called off due to the strike organized by unions representing the chorus. The new production of Berlioz's piece features choreography by Sasha Waltz and is a co-production between La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Opéra National de Paris.
December 6, 2012 |
Much ado about something: William Shakespeare has gone digital in a big way. The Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials, launched the Folger Digital Texts on Thursday. It's a set of authoritative Shakespeare plays available for free -- along with the source code. Noncommercial app builders, scholars and others can use the code to build their own Shakespeare-oriented projects. That's pretty cool. The plays, of course, are in the public domain and have been available online for a long time.
November 1, 2012 |
The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada -- one of the premiere repertory theater companies in the world -- is undergoing a name change by removing the "Shakespeare" from its title. The company, which will be known simply as the Stratford Festival, announced the change Thursday and said its new name takes effect immediately. Earlier this year, the festival named Antoni Cimolino as its new artistic director, taking over from Des McAnuff. Cimolino, who had served as general director of the company since 2006, assumed his new role Thursday.
October 4, 2012 |
When two-time PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist John Edgar Wideman finished his most recent book, “Briefs: Stories for the Palm of the Mind,” two years ago, he opted to take an unorthodox route to release, putting it out himself through the self-publisher Lulu. Partly, this was a family decision; Wideman's son worked for the company and, as the author recalled this week by phone from his home in Manhattan, “To do a book with him was pure joy.” At the same time, 71-year old Wideman, who has also won a MacArthur genius grant, was interested in playing with new forms, with seeing how the changing infrastructure of publishing might be exploited to get his work across in different ways.