Category: Festival Watch

  • "A Medley of Sondheim" at Romania's International Festival for Musical Performing Arts

    Broadway’s Jose Llana, Orville Mendoza, Angel Desai, Joan Almedilla, Ali Ewoldt serenade Europe’s international music festival

    The National Operetta Theatre “Ion Dacian” Presents “A Medley of Sondheim“ — a special concert tribute performance Featuring Broadway star performers Joan Almedilla, Ali Ewoldt, Angel Desai, Jose Llana and Orville Mendoza Tuesday, 17th of November 2011 within the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts “Life is Beautiful” 4th edition Bucharest, Romania BUCHAREST, ROMANIA — An impressive all-Filipino ensemble of Broadway stars are traveling to Romania to perform A Medley of Sondheim, a concert of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic musical numbers, presented within the framework of the 4th edition of the International Festival for Musical Performing Arts “Life is Beautiful.” Performing 7 p.m. Thursday November 17th at the Metropolis Theater in Bucharest, this sexy Sondheim concert celebration puts forward the award-winning musical talents of Joan Almedilla (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables); Angel Desai (Sondheim’s Company); Ali Ewoldt (Les Miserables, West Side Story); Jose Llana (The King & I, Spelling Bee, The Flower Drum Song, Wonderland); and Orville Mendoza (Pacific Overtures, Sondheim‘s Road Show, The Romance of Magno Rubio in Romania). Jose Llana serves as the director of A Medley of Sondheim. Randy Gener, an internationally renowned editor, critic and artist, serves as the show’s American producer. With Albin Konopka serving as musical …

  • 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 …

  • U.S. international festival of readings seeks plays from abroad by October 15

    NEW YORK CITY: A premiere showcase in the U.S. of new contemporary theater from around the world has issued a call for scripts. Playwrights, directors, translators, literary agents, managers and advocates of international theatre are being asked to submit plays for consideration to the 2012 hotINK Festival, a series of readings of new work from around the world at the Lark Play Development Center. The upcoming festival will be presented over five afternoons and evenings, March 22-26, 2012. Visit the following link to read the guidelines for submission at www.larktheatre.org/programs/hotINK.htm.   The deadline is October 15, 2011. The festival is asking specifically for plays from other countries, in English, that have not yet had productions in the United States. Last year’s hotINK Festival, the first to be presented at the Lark in its new digs, featured the work of Geert Genbrugge (Belgium); Georgi Gospodinov (Bulgaria); Elmar Maripuu (Canada); Marius von Mayenburg (Germany); Siddharth Kumar (India); Jessica Cooke (Ireland); Marjolein Bierens (The Netherlands); Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria); and Mixkaela Villalon (The Philippines.)  Directors and actors who participated last year included May Adrales, Michael Cerveris,  Rachel Chavkin, Michael Chernus, Kimberly Hebert Gregory,  Joe Grifasi, Edward Hibbert, Josh Hecht, Kevin Kuhlke, Ian Morgan, Elinor Renfield, Lisa Rothe, Giovanna Sardelli and Heidi Schreck. Visiting playwrights from abroad will participate in formal …

  • "Puls" (Netherlands), staged by Jolika Sudermann, at MESS Sarajevo 2010 | Photography by Vedad Divović

    Randy Gener serves as American juror for Sarajevo International Festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    SARAJEVO —  Randy Gener — the Nathan Award–winning editor, writer and critic — will serve the U.S. juror in an international jury European artists, top editors and prominent critics for the 51st edition of the MESS Sarajevo International Theater Festival  in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the oldest international theatre festival in the Balkans. This year’s MESS Sarajevo International Theater Festival takes place from September 30, 2010 until October 9, 2011, presenting 32 performances from all over the world in six festival categories. Established in 1960 by Jurislav Korenic as the Festival of Small and Experimental Stages, MESS was one of the best theatre events promoting modern theatre expression in the former Yugoslavia. “MESS” stands for Small Experimental Stage. Today, MESS (Međunarodni teatarski festival Mess) is the most significant annual celebration of theatre art in South-East Europe and takes place in Sarajevo in the second part of October. This festival is produced by the National Theatre of Sarajevo, famously known as the Bosnian theater where Susan Sontag staged a production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in the midst of the Siege of Sarajevo in 1993. Sontag’s production drew so much attention to the city’s plight that many Bosnians believe it helped end the war. A square outside Sarajevo’s national theater …

  • Portrait of "Virginia Woolf" by Roger Fry, 1912

    A festival of her own: Cambridge celebrates Virginia Woolf novel “To the Lighthouse” with myriad events

    CAMBRIDGE, U.K.:  To the Lighthouse has just come out of copyright. Fans of this enduringly popular novel by Virginia Woolf are being invited to come to Cambridge for two weeks this autumn to attend a series of Woolf-themed events that draw on this wonderful novel and its author. University of Cambridge’s Corpus College and Fitzwilliam Museum are sponsoring To the Lighthouse Festival at Cambridgeshire that encompasses talks, readings and workshops, film screenings and a stage play, a walking tour and exhibitions. The festival, taking place September 24 through October 8, is supported by the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and draws on Woolf’s writing and life to stimulate and challenge readers and writers alike. Duffy has written a poem for the occasion; it appears below this portrait of Woolf painted by the art critic Roger Fry. Elvis! Shakespeare! Picasso! Virginia Woolf! I had knowledge in my youth; did the experiment, wrote the proof; waved my hand whenever asked, hollered an answer, top of the class, truth – Elvis! Shakespeare! Picasso! Virginia Woolf! I knew the score in my youth; Beethoven’s Ninth, Mozart’s Flute; classical, opera, all that jazz, sang out the answer, class, aloof – Elvis! Shakespeare! Picasso! Virginia Woolf! Time of day, knew …