Author: Randy Gener

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  • Hungarian critics call for attention, freedom of arts at risk in Hungary

    This letter, issued by the Hungarian Critics’ Association, seeks to call the attention of the international media and theatre community to the intensifying state and political control over arts, culture and media in Hungary.  A new highly-contested and controversial “media law” of the present government promises serious control over the whole media, including blogs. The new Media authority – formed by members of the ruling party – will have the entitlement to control and punish. This week, independent cultural papers and sites are published with a blank cover page as a protest sign against this control. See blank covers http://mancs.hu/ and http://www.revizoronline.hu/   Governmental attacks on the National Theatre and its artistic director, Róbert Alföldi, were only rumors until the “case” was recently discussed on the floor of Parliament. Members of Parliament described Alföldi as deviant, rowdy, and treasonous, and called the present National Theatre dangerous and mischievous. They are calling the work presented in the National Theatre obscene, pornographic, anti-national, and anti-Hungarian, and are demanding the expelling of Róbert Alföldi from the National.  State secretary’s answer of Ministry of National Resources was: “Everything will happen in due time”.   On December 1st, one of the parties of the Parliament, Jobbik organized a demonstration …

  • Théâtre et cité: Cycle de conférences 2010-2011 à l’Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Nantes

      Comme dans tous ses spectacles, avec Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir, le Soleil propose au spectateur un voyage dans l’espace et le temps. Un bateau, un naufrage, une île déserte, des émigrants en quête d’un nouveau monde… vu à travers le tournage mouvementé d’un film muet dans une Guinguette nommée Le Fol Espoir, tournage qui nous transporte de Mayerling à l’Ile d’Host près du Cap Horn, de l’assassinat de François-Ferdinand, héritier du trône austro-hongrois à celui de Jaurès, de la paix à la catastrophe. Cinq maquettes réalisées expressément pour l’exposition du Musée des Beaux-arts de Nantes en 2009, Construire pour le temps d’un regard, consacrée au scénographe du Théâtre du Soleil Guy-Claude François, en partenariat avec l’Ensan et le Grand T (un des éléments déclencheur de la venue à Nantes des Naufragés du Fol Espoir), restituent d’autres espaces dramatiques du Théâtre du Soleil: les nefs de la Cartoucherie de Vincennes et leur « vide inspirant , le sol vallonné de L’Âge d’or (1975), le face à face de deux théâtres pour Méphisto (1979), le marbre et la brique de L’Indiade (1987), l’arène des Atrides (1990-1993). Ces maquettes seront à nouveau visibles dans les espaces publics de la Beaujoire lors des représentations en …

  • Gener to be conferred Pamana Philippine Presidential Award in December

    24 RECIPIENTS FOR THE 2010 PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS FOR FILIPINO INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS OVERSEAS MANILA, PHILIPPINES:  Randy Gener will be conferred with the “Pamana Ng Pilipino” Presidential Award (“Pamana Ng Pilipino” means Legacy of the Filipino Nation) by the President of the Philippines in a simple ceremony to be held in December. The Pamana Ng Pilipino Presidential Award is conferred on Filipinos overseas, who, in exemplifying the talent and industry of the Filipino, have brought the country honor and recognition through excellence, dedication and distinction in the pursuit of their work and the advancement of their profession. They have displayed social consciousness in terms of manifesting strong community spirit, or leading and actively participating in projects and activities for the common good. Gener joins seven Filipino organizations, one foreign group, three foreigners and 13 Filipinos who are the recipients of the 2010 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas. The recipients came from United States, Hong Kong, South Korea, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Australia, Germany and Canada. The Awards is a biennial awards system which was institutionalized through Executive Order 498 signed by former President Corazon C. Aquino in 1991. The Awards recognizes the achievements and significant contributions of Filipino individuals and organizations overseas to communities here and abroad. It …

  • Randy Gener leads American musical theater conference in Romania

    “Musical Theatre in the USA: American Musical Elements – From Page to Stage” Organized and Moderated by Randy Gener Featuring Michael John LaChiusa and Jose Llana Tuesday, 9th of November 2010 within the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts “Life is Beautiful” 3rd edition Bucharest, Romania BUCHAREST — Randy Gener‘s conference entitled “Musical Theatre in the USA: American Musical Elements — From Page to Stage” will take place within the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts “Life is Beautiful” in Bucharest, Romania.  The festival is one of a kind event in Romania, organized by the National Operetta Theatre “Ion Dacian.”  This third edition of the festival includes number of musical and operetta performances, concerts of international artists like Mariza, Laurie Anderson and The Tiger Lillies, workshops for children, photography exhibitions and conferences, performed by both Romanian and foreign artists, from over 10 countries around the world. The conference entitled “Musical Theatre in the USA : American Musical Elements — From Page to Stage” will take place on the 9th of November 2010, at 6 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel – Opera Room, in Bucharest.  The conference is an intimate forum organized and moderated by Randy Gener, the Nathan Award–winning senior editor of American Theatre magazine, who will present a …

  • A TV Interview for Filipinas Magazine Show

    NEW YORK CITY:  On May 23, 2009, the “Filipinas Magazine Show” came to New York City to interview me in New York City. Why? That month, I became the first Asian American and Filipino American to win the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the highest accolade for dramatic criticism in the United States. The ceremony took place at the Philippine Consulate in New York, where the “Filipinas Magazine Show” did its taping. And in 2007, I was the recipient of the Filipinas Magazine Arts & Culture Prize during the 10th annual Filipinas Magazine Achievement Awards. “Filipinas Magazine Show” is a 30-minute, weekly TV magazine program on GMA Pinoy TV. It airs every Saturday 6:30 pm (PST) or 9:30 pm (EST) via DirecTV and Dish Network and on cable systems that carry GMA network in the U.S. Then, on March 23, 2010, Raymond Virata of Filipinas Magazine made the filmed segment available online by posting it on its website. Here is the link: An interview with New York theater critic, playwright and American Theater magazine editor Randy Gener, the Filipinas Magazine Show, May 23, 2009. Looking back at that experience, I found the interview quite lovely and professionally done. I am very grateful to producers of Filipinas Magazine. What I love best …

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    Randy Gener Wins NLGJA Journalist of the Year

    WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Today the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) announces the recipients of its Excellence in Journalism Awards.      The recipient of this year’s Journalist of the Year is Randy Gener of American Theatre magazine.  The recipient of this year’s Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media goes to Kerry Eleveld of The Advocate.    NLGJA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster, recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBT community.  In addition to Journalist of the Year and the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media, awards will be presented for excellence in news writing, feature writing, opinion writing, network television, radio, online, photojournalism, HIV/AIDS and student journalism.    The NLGJA Journalist of the Year award recognizes the outstanding professional achievements of an LGBT journalist.  This year, NLGJA will present that honor to Randy Gener of American Theatre magazine, a writer, editor, critic, playwright and visual artist based in New York City.   Of Gener, judges said: “Some of the best journalism is being done outside of traditional newsrooms and by people covering niche areas. Gener’s writing on theater, especially as it interacts with LGBT lives, is beautifully done, knowledgeable and almost …

  • 2010 SPJ Deadline Club Award Goes to Randy Gener

        NEW YORK CITY — The DEADLINE CLUB, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, honored the best of the best in New York area journalism June 7 at the Annual Dinner of the DEADLINE CLUB AWARDS, one of New York City’s most prestigious journalism awards. Randy Gener won the 2010 Deadline Club Award for Best Arts Reporting in New York – printed, broadcast or otherwise disseminated in 2009. The judges said, “This category was blessed with exceptional entries overall, which bodes well for the relevance of arts reporting. Gener’s writing had special relevance. He shed light into government censorship and repression of artists. He met the high standards of excellence for journalism and went above and beyond with regards to enterprise, resourcefulness, and overcoming obstacles in pursuit of the story. He demonstrates the effect that spotlighting artistic passion can have. Congratulations!” Beating The Forward and The New York Times in the specialized writing category, Gener received a Rube Goldberg bronze statue from Deadline Club president, Rebecca Baker and keynote speaker Robert Thomson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Co. Gener won for “Fomenting a Denim Revolution,” which appeared in the …