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July 10, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
The annual Sundance Theatre Lab at Robert Redford 's Sundance resort in Utah means hard work in a relaxed setting for playwrights who get three weeks to tinker with nascent scripts they're hoping to perfect, and a mountainside working vacation amid babbling brooks for an acting corps recruited to help the writers see how well their scenes play. Several acting luminaries are attached to this year's Lab, which began Monday and runs through July 29.  The 27-member ensemble includes  Cherry Jones , who won lead actress Tony awards for “The Heiress” (1995)
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July 10, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
The annual Sundance Theatre Lab at Robert Redford 's Sundance resort in Utah means hard work in a relaxed setting for playwrights who get three weeks to tinker with nascent scripts they're hoping to perfect, and a mountainside working vacation amid babbling brooks for an acting corps recruited to help the writers see how well their scenes play. Several acting luminaries are attached to this year's Lab, which began Monday and runs through July 29.  The 27-member ensemble includes  Cherry Jones , who won lead actress Tony awards for “The Heiress” (1995)
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June 15, 2004 | Mike Boehm
Stage director Moises Kaufman didn't do too badly with his last foray into Germanic subject matter: He directed Doug Wright's "I Am My Own Wife," which won this year's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best play with its depiction of the life and times of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who managed to survive both the Nazis and the East German communists while living in Berlin as a cross-dressing, openly gay man.
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September 11, 2005
ALTHOUGH I much enjoyed Mike Boehm's fine article ["Camp Dramaturge," Aug. 21], I find myself astonished that there was not a single mention of Stew, onetime leader of L.A. popmeisters the Negro Problem and now a budding playwright/screenwriter, whose unprecedented second year in a row was spent this summer at the Sundance Theatre Lab working on his new musical "Passing Strange," a brilliant piece that will have its official debut at Berkeley Rep in...
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December 10, 2008 | Mike Boehm, Boehm is a Times staff writer.
More than 20 years after making his first splash with "She's Gotta Have It," Spike Lee is finally going to make it to Sundance. His belated debut -- in the 25th year of the Sundance Film Festival -- comes as director and co-producer of the film version of "Passing Strange," the stage musical by Los Angeles indie rockers Stew (Mark Stewart) and Heidi Rodewald that took an unlikely passage from New York's nonprofit Public Theater to Broadway in February. It ran for 165 performances at the Belasco Theatre, with Stew nabbing a Tony Award for best book of a musical before it closed July 20. Among those captivated was Lee, who said Friday that he saw the show several times at the Public, then came back for repeat viewings at the Belasco -- even before producers approached him about capturing it on film before it closed.
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June 2, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the most valuable player of the always risk-taking and frequently impressive Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, Jay Fraley has portrayed a Savior and a Satan. Now, in his first turn directing a full-length play, the Laguna Beach resident tackles a comedy in which Satan is the savior.
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September 15, 2002 | DES McANUFF
Sometime in late spring, the mailings start to arrive: season announcements from area theaters, providing a range of shows for nearly every taste. Usually there's a familiar name on the roster--maybe a playwright or a production, an actor or a director. Often there's a world premiere or a local premiere. Occasionally, there's a classic. Always there are surprises. For some venues, the season has already started; for others, September marks the beginning of the year.
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June 22, 2003 | Patrick Pacheco, Special to The Times
Surviving the oppressive regimes of the Nazis and the East German Communists as a man dressed in a black shift and pearls would, in itself, be a singular achievement. But the transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf went one better. She was also a noted antiques collector, a self-proclaimed murderer, a decorated national hero and a spy. The fascinating true story of Von Mahlsdorf is at the heart of "I Am My Own Wife."
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June 6, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Keep it real" is a cultural watchword for our time, invoked by rappers justifying outrageous lyrics, pundits lampooning the truth-spinning of political handlers, and playwrights dissecting the internal dynamics of the family. To which Mary Fengar Gail replies, in so many words, "Enough, already!" The Irvine playwright, who remains obscure despite having won a spate of cash awards and honors for her scripts, is no friend of the real. "I think I'm a fantasist.
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March 14, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. This spring's National Football League draft will tell us who the most prized college players are. It's thought to be a good year for quarterbacks. College and university talent in the arts gets no such showcase. Perhaps the nearest thing is the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, held each spring in Washington. It's a good year for Southern California playwrights. The Kennedy Center announced Thursday that Jeff Augustin of UC San Diego and Brian Polak of USC have won $1,000 first-place awards for full-length plays, with $500 runner-up awards going to Michael Yichao of the California Institute of the Arts and Kristin Idaszak of UC San Diego.
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June 11, 2008 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
There ARE telltale moments when Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of "In the Heights," knows who's in the audience to see his new musical about Latinos in Upper Manhattan: Whenever he mentions the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico in a rap song, or watches cast members unfurl the Mexican flag, ecstatic cheers ring out. Similar moments occur for Stew, who wrote and performs in "Passing Strange," the new musical about an African American kid...
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