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  • Taye Diggs first night on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre | Photo by Joseph Marzullo/

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    Taye Diggs first night on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre | Photo by Joseph Marzullo/

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    BROADWAY | In “Hedwig,” Taye Diggs got his queer grove back

    How’s Taye Diggs in “Hedwig”? Oh nice work if you can queer it. And a str8 can queer it — if Taye tries.

  • Let’s Get to Know Each Other

      What I do I need to cover or address in this media project so I can continue to engage your mind and heart? Please share what stories you would like to see reflected on this media project:     Here are testimonies of some very nice people about my work and this media project. “A first-rate writer and editor. Randy Gener understands culture in the widest sense: as news, as art, as politics, as media.” — Margo Jefferson, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer/critic for the New York Times. “Mr. Randy Gener’s ‘In the Culture of One World,’ a showcase of his own individual work, is taking up the slack that print journalism is leaving behind. You won’t find this in your local papers.” — First-rate Critic George Hunka of Superfluities Redux   “Randy Gener is the visionary.” — Instinct Magazine’s Leading Men of the Year special edition   “Randy is an internationalist, a champion of cultural exchange and dialogue.” — The New York Daily News   “Randy Gener’s command of U.S. and international subjects is unequalled among his contemporaries.” — American Theatre magazine/Theatre Communications Group   Obligatory Bio A New York–based editor and writer, I contribute to National Public Radio, Miami Herald and The Global Post.  My 12 years as senior editor of American Theatre magazine was recognized with the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Deadline Club Award for Best NYC Reporting.    

  • DEADLINES | National Endowment for the Humanities seeks media projects for grant program

    WASHINGTON, D.C.| Through the America’s Media Makers program, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports the creation of interactive digital media and film, television, and radio projects that engage the public in the exploration of humanities concepts. Under the program, NEH offers two kinds of grants. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or a design document and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations. Production grants support the production and distribution of digital projects, films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that have the potential to engage the public. NEH encourages projects in multiple formats so as to better engage the public in the exploration of the humanities. Projects might include complementary components that expand or deepen the audience’s understanding of a subject — for example, museum exhibitions, book/film discussion programs, or other formats that engage audiences in new ways. Deadline is August 14, 2013. Awards range in amount from $100,000 to $800,000 for a period of one to three years. In rare circumstances, Chairman’s Special Awards of up to $1 million are available for large- scale, collaborative, multi-format projects that will reach a broad public. Any U.S. nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code is eligible to apply, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible. Independent producers who wish to apply for NEH funding must seek an eligible organization to sponsor the project and submit the application to NEH. Visit the NEH Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

  • DEADLINES | Applications sought for National Dance Project Touring Awards

    BOSTON | An initiative of the New England Foundation for the Arts, the National Dance Project Touring Awards program provides grants of up to $40,000 to dance companies to support national tours of new dance works. The deadline is October 7, 2013. Touring Awards are automatically given to all NDP Production Grant recipients in the United States and are designated for artist fees and travel. In addition, up to ten works created independently of the Production Grant process will receive Touring Awards through a competitive application process each fall. Choreographers and companies are eligible to apply. Agents, artist managers, and presenters may also apply on behalf of an artist, company, or project. To be eligible for an award, projects must be in an advanced stage of development and be ready for touring at the beginning of the NDP touring season (between June 1 and August 31 of the following year); involve presentations of dance works of genuine imagination and originality by artists of recognized skill and accomplishment; and be able to demonstrate that at least three U.S.-based presenters from at least two states will present the work on tour. Complete program guidelines and application materials are available at the NEFA Web site. Related articles NEFAs National Dance Project Receives $300,000 from MetLife ( NEFA’s National Dance Project Receives $300,000 from MetLife ( Hedwig Dances with special guest company DANZABIERTA presents ASCNEDance and SHOWROOM @ the Athenaeum Theater (

  • German playwright/director Falk Richter

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    German playwright/director Falk Richter

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    RECOMMENDATION | See film screening of American version of German “Trust” at Goethe Institut-Washington

    WASHINGTON, D.C. |  Tonight, July 8, a young D.C. troupe will screen a film that documents that making of its new dance/theatre project Trust by the German writer/director Falk Richter. The courageous company force/collision has been in search of a dance vocabulary that suits Richter’s virulently comic attack on consumer capitalism. I saw an early work-in-progress performance of Trust on the last day of a June 13 to 16 workshop at Arena Stage. force/collision‘s Trust consists mostly of the original text of Falk Richter (b. 1969 in Hamburg), a rising contemporary German playwright/director and an associate dramatist with the Schaubühne in Berlin. He gave force/collision his blessing to gives his work what he calls “a new and original twist” that “places it into an American context.” The title of force/collision‘s version is called Trust me, perhaps a gesture to the fact that director/adapter John Moletress incorporates “additional source material” that, according to a prepared statement, “explores the effects of today’s high-tech Western global economy and of the culture of (American) consumerism’s on the human psyche and human relationships.” The film will be screened 6:30 pm Monday, 8 July 2013, at Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum. It features English and German languages. Tickets are free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call (202) 289-1200.Performances of Trust me will be followed by an open rehearsal, giving audience members the opportunity to see the process in action, along with a brief post-show discussion about the performance, development and work of force/collision. If you go, join in on the conversation by tweeting your thoughts and responses using #trustproject and @forcecollision. The core of the piece rests in its choreography. In the German production Richter worked with the choreographer Anouk van Dijk to realize the performance design, which scenographically explodes the theme of individualism run amok. Germans do have a language to rely on: tanztheater. In the U.S., …