Category: Breaking Views

  • A Call for Papers: Critical Stages, webjournal of International Association of Theater Critics, seeks critical writings

    February 7, 2010                            A CALL FOR PAPERS Critical Stages / Scènes critiques WebJournal of the International Association of Theatre Critics www.criticalstages.org      CRITICAL STAGES/SCÈNES CRITIQUES INVITES SUBMISSIONS FOR CONSIDERATION   CS/SC announces its Issue No. 4 with a call for critical articles, essays, interviews and reviews that contribute to cutting-edge, international discourse on the theatre.   CS/SC aims to document, celebrate, challenge and foster internationally the discipline and the art of theatre criticism, with theatre broadly defined; to employ theatre criticism as a springboard for opening communication between theatre practitioners, theoreticians and the general public; to create “critical space” for the theatre critic to develop and thrive; to increase the general readership for theatre criticism by providing international readers with a source for information and dynamic discussion of themes and trends in contemporary international theatre.   NOTES ON SUBMISSIONS: ENGLISH AND FRENCH Please submit your article as an e-mail attachment, double-spaced in MS Word.  Articles will typically range from 1500 to 3500 words (10,000 to 20,000 characters including spaces); please check with the Section Editor if the length is not specified below.   We publish articles (not interviews or reviews) …

  • In Memoriam: Being Ellen Stewart (1919—2011)

    My conversation with the great La Mama, Ellen Stewart, which I pulled from my archive and posted below (after the obit), took place in her Lower East Side apartment. It was February 2003, and she was preparing to direct the vampire opera, Carmilla, one of La Mama’s signature pieces, with Wilford Leach’s ETC Company and her beloved Great Jones Repertory. It was not our first interview. We had spoken many many times. In fact, I got my start as a theater artist at La MaMa E.T.C., and she always encouraged me to create a new piece. But I had to work to survive in New York and did not always possess the means to create and produce my own show. (Her frequent advice to aspiring artists was “Do it yourself.”) I was a devoted fan of Ellen’s theater, and I spend time as a playwright in her artist’s residency in Spoleto, Italy. La MaMa E.T.C. is the center of my world. Still, I always made a point of placing a story about Ellen in every publication that I have worked for. And I did the so soon after I joined American Theatre magazine, where this interview first appeared under the “20 Questions” …

  • 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 …