Tag: American Theater Magazine

  • Souvenir spoon from the show Burmah at the Boston Theatre | Courtesy of Susan Roberts

    CAUSES | Boston’s storied “Downtown Crossing” theater history revealed in hands-on talk/tour

    BOSTON | You’ve heard of “Downton Abbey.” Do you know about Downtown Crossing? If the Englishness of the PBS series “Downton Abbey” fascinates most of us, Boston theater historian Susan Roberts hopes to intrigue us with the theatricality of Downtown Crossing, a storied area of Boston that was the home to many of the city’s theaters and concert halls. On Sunday January 13, Roberts will present a hands-on tour of theater in Boston’s Downtown Crossing, emphasizing its heyday on the second half of the 19th century (1850 to 1900). The talk/tour, entitled “Theater in the Crossing: A History of Downtown Crossing’s Theater in the 19th Century,” is also a Stagesource fundraiser. Her talk takes place at the Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 13th. Event admission is “pay what you can.” The Downtown Crossing area was home to the Boston Museum Theater, Boston Music Hall, Keith’s Theaters and the Boston Theater. Roberts will trot out her collection of memorabilia by way of illustrating the shows, performers and theaters. She will offer a virtual tour of the B.F. Keith Theater, now known as the Opera House. Programs, scrapbooks, mementos and other materials of the era will be available for …

  • "Yue Madeleine Yue | Courtesy of Gazeta Express & Express Online

    Play excerpt: Jeton Neziraj’s “Yue Madeleine Yue,” a tragicomedy about anti-Roma discrimination

    The play tells the story of a Roma family that was forcedly expelled from Germany to Kosovo. In their new reality, this family confronts the challenges of living in a recently newborn state. One day, a Roma girl named Madeleine falls in a hole that was created by a construction company. The girl falls in a coma. As she fights for her life, her father strives to pursue justice. He faces bureaucratic officers, businessmen, policemen and embassy workers.

  • Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando V | Photo courtesy of Inamori Foundation

    Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando V at San Diego’s Kyoto Symposium, March 20-22

    SAN DIEGO, CALIF.: Tamasaburo Bando V is one of Japan’s most celebrated performers of Kabuki, the traditional dance/drama form whose roots date back some 500 years. On Thursday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the 61-year-old artist offers a free presentation that is open to the public as part of the annual Kyoto Symposium, March 21-22, at the University of San Diego (online registration is required at www.kyotoprize-us.org). In 2011, Tamasaburo became a Kyoto Prize laureate. He received this prestigious $625,000 prize, bestowed every year by Japan’s Inamori Foundation. A tate oyama, or leading interpreter of female roles, Tamasaburo is one of Japan’s most famous Kabuki actors, known for performing onnagata (female roles) in the all-male Kabuki tradition. Using the backdrop of his life’s work, Tamasaburo will reveal the skills he uses in playing Kabuki roles, including the essentials of hard work and the ideals of beauty as pursued by the artist. Devoted to his art since childhood, Tamasaburo made his public stage debut at age seven. Beyond kabuki, he has been featured by the Metropolitan Opera and has performed with renowned artists from around the world. His films include Gekashitsu (The Operating Room), which he co-wrote and directed; and Andrzej Wajda’s Nastasja, in …

  • Randy Gener's cIvo van Hove's stage version of Ingmar Bergman's film "Cries and Whispers" | Photo by Chris Nietvelt and Jan Versweyveld

    Randy Gener and Flemish director Ivo van Hove talk “Movies and Theater” at BAM Next Wave Festival

    BROOKLYN:  Randy Gener joins the internationally acclaimed Flemish director Ivo van Hove — whose work Cate Blanchett describes as “stunning, with a capital ‘S’ ” — in a BAMtalk entitled “Movies and Theater.”  The conversation takes places Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm at BAM Rose Cinemas. Gener’s hour-long BAMtalk with Ivo van Hove is a featured event of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s U.S. premiere of Cries and Whispers by Ingmar Bergman. Part of the 2011 BAM Next Wave Festival, Cries and Whispers performs October 25—29, 2011 at 7:30pm at BAM Harvey Theater. Performed in Dutch with English titles, Ivo van Hove’s Cries and Whispers is a stage adaptation of the classic 1972 film by the late Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. “To be able to work with Bergman’s complex evocation of human suffering and compassion is both a challenge and an honor,” van Hove says. Performed by the members of Toneelgroep Amsterdam, where Van Hove is the artistic director, this production was made possible with the cooperation of Auteursrechtenbureau ALMO, in association with Josef Weinberger Ltd, London and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation. Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s Cries and Whispers was first performed at the Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival 2009. Nathan Award–winning editor and writer Randy Gener visited Sweden’s Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm to attend …