May 31, 2012 |
Almost everyone, sometime, has felt the sting of being treated like the Other. The members of the creative team behind the new chamber musical "Los Otros," which will have its world premiere Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum, are no exceptions. Growing up in western New York state, composer Michael John LaChiusa heard racist slurs against his Italian American family. Graciela Daniele, the show's Tony Award-winning Argentine director, remembers people using an ugly epithet for Latinos when she moved to New York City years ago. "I spoke very little English," Daniele said, "and I laughed with them because I didn't know what it meant.
October 25, 1998 |
In 1993, Eric D. Schaeffer asked an architect friend to accompany him to an industrial site he was thinking of transforming into a theater. Light poured through gaping holes in the ceiling. Stacks of abandoned auto bumpers, from the building's former use as a plating plant, littered the floor. The architect was aghast, but Schaeffer talked him into coming up with a renovation plan.
May 3, 2012 |
It's understandable that International City Theatre would want to snag the West Coast premiere of "The Fix" in this election year. John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe's 1997 musical about the backroom machinations behind the orchestrated resurrection of an American political dynasty all but stuffs its own thematic ballot boxes. Originally produced by the Donmar Warehouse in London, revised for the 1998 U.S. premiere at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va. (the version used here), "Fix" begins with presidential frontrunner Reed Chandler (William T. Lewis)
May 5, 2009 |
Jerry Herman is set for a special Tony Award. The Tony administration committee says the composer of "Hello, Dolly!" and "Mame" will receive a special lifetime achievement prize during the awards ceremony June 7 at Radio City Music Hall. Nominations are being announced today. The 2009 regional theater Tony will go to the Signature Theatre of Arlington, Va. Other special prizes will go to veteran press agent Shirley Herz and to Phyllis Newman, who founded the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of the Actors Fund.
February 12, 2004 |
The New York City Opera is among groups vying to anchor a performing arts center that would sit near the World Trade Center's Freedom Tower, according to a list released by development officials. Other groups competing to move to the site include the Joyce Theater Foundation, the Signature Theatre Co., the Children's Museum of the Arts, the Drawing Center, the Museum of Freedom and the New York Hall of Science, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. said.
June 12, 2004 |
The New York City Opera, considered a frontrunner to take up residence at the rebuilt World Trade Center site, has lost out to three smaller arts groups and a new museum celebrating freedom. The Joyce International Dance Center, the Signature Theatre and the Drawing Center -- three existing entities -- and the Freedom Center museum were chosen by city and state officials from among six finalists. More than 100 arts organizations had vied to be part of the rebirth at ground zero.