July 2, 2012 |
The latest edition of the annual Ojai Playwrights Conference, set for August, will feature a new play by Terrence McNally, as well as return appearances by Stephen Adly Guirgis and Father Gregory Boyle. The conference, one of the country's top centers for new play development, is scheduled to take place Aug. 8 to 12. McNally's play "And Away We Go," which will be the closing workshop production of the conference, travels through time to visit various theatrical rehearsals in ancient Rome, Shakespeare's Globe and other historic venues.
June 15, 2012 |
The 24 Hour Plays, a staple of the New York City theater community's charitable effort for arts education since 2006, made its L.A. debut last June at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica -- where the clock will begin ticking again Friday at 10 p.m. for the second L.A. installment. The process calls for a 24-member acting ensemble, six writers and six directors to come up with a half-dozen short plays from conception to performance over the course of 24 hours. It will start Friday evening with actors feeding ideas to the writers, who, working individually, are supposed to finish their scripts by 6 a.m. so the directors can look them over, decide which four actors to attach to which play, and start rehearsals by 8 a.m. The curtain goes up for ticketholders Saturday at 8 p.m., so technically the lead-off script will be a 22-hour play.
May 25, 2012 |
Playwright Stephen Karam has made a splash off-Broadway with one play and been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize with another. But for memorable moments in his stage career, he says there's nothing quite like his teenage triumphs in the Blank Theatre's annual young playwrights competition and festival. "When you see people taking your work seriously at that age, it makes a big impression," said Karam, 32. "For the first time I thought of myself as a real writer. " For two decades, the small, Hollywood-based Blank has presented plays and musicals by students 19 and younger with directors such as Barbara Bain and Jeremy Sisto, mentors such as Garry Marshall and Terrence McNally and actors such as Sarah Michelle Gellar, Debra Messing and Chris Pine.
June 27, 2011
Rita Moreno has flourished on stage and screens, big and small. A few of her credits: 'The Ritz' Moreno earned a Tony as hapless performer Googie Gomez in Terrence McNally's 1975 Broadway comedy and reprised her role in the 1976 film. 'West Side Story' Moreno won the supporting actress Oscar as Maria's fiery sister, Anita, in the 1961 best picture winner. 'Oz' Moreno was one of the few actresses on HBO's gritty 1997-2003 prison drama "Oz," playing counselor Sister Peter Marie.
December 23, 2009
Gehry to design theater An independent theater company that had once planned to move to ground zero will get a new home designed by famed architect Frank Gehry in New York City's theater district. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that the city would contribute $25 million toward the $60-million Signature Theatre. The theater is known for devoting an entire season to the work of a single playwright. It was one of four groups that were to have anchored a performance space at the World Trade Center site.
July 29, 2009 |
Long before she became a TV icon as the ultimate Italian mamma Marie Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond," Doris Roberts was a young actress trying to make a name for herself in New York in the 1950s alongside some classmates who went on to bigger things as well. "I was a member of the Actors Studio," Roberts said in a recent interview. "Marilyn Monroe used to come to class. Martin Balsam was there. Anne Bancroft was there. Geraldine Page."