Michael BettencourtWriting Plays In A Time of WarIn my recent work I have noticed a level of anger in the words and actions unlike anything I've drafted before. It is not just anger fed by September 11. It is also anger fed by the stupidities that have followed — in the bombing of Afghanistan, the multiple political hypocrisies, the pointlessness of a war on terrorism by using the means of terrorism.
Arthur MeiselmanUp The Carriage Trade! - ReduxI'll take the lower class audiences – they make a playwright's writing-agony worth agonizing over – they make an actor's performance worth its salt – and they don't give a damn about directors and dramaturgs and all the other frou-frou functionaries who get in between them and the live bodies on stage. On with the show! And I'll take the upper class audiences too, of course.
Nathan ThomasGreat Performances Landmark Performances that were powerful enough to change the craft of acting. Here's my list. Essentially five performances that I'd argue had a lasting impact on the last century of acting.Who did I leave out? Who would you add to the list?Les MarcottThe Dreaded "A" WordGlen Campbell announced over the summer that he has "it". Women's basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt announced she has "it". Most if not all of us have been touched by "it" directly or indirectly. My dad had "it". So what is "it"?
Claudine JonesWasn't that you?When I first embarked on a formal music education, I had plenty of performing chops. I could act, I could dance. Stage fright was never my issue. No, no, no. Not at all. However, my stubbornly vague knowledge of keys & clefs was becoming an impediment. I learned by listening and I got cast.
FILM (reviews)The Help, The GuardThe Help feels slightly fake to me. The film lacks the delicate magic of the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird; it feels cheaper and more obvious, its characters more lacking in nuance and believability. Miles David Moore
DANCEThe Many Gifts of Lissa ResnickWhen as a teenager Lissa Resnick first met choreographer Alan Scofield he introduced her to the "human side of dance." The ironies in this statement begin with the notion that dance is inseparable from the body.Catherine Conway Honig
OPERAFour Saints in Three Acts: An InstallationGertrude Stein's opera at San Francisco's Summer of Stein.The San Francisco Chronicle called it "a little silly and naïve," and was it?Renate Stendhal
POETRYWhat Poets Can Learn from SongwritersAt a time when too many poets have so purged their "poetry" of repetition and melody that it reads and sounds like outright prose, songwriters continue to satisfy a human craving that cannot and should not be denied.David Alpaugh
Navigating the 'Long Book' Perhaps, Dear Reader, you have toyed with the idea of reading Gertrude Stein's monumental tome The Making of Americans: Being a History of a Family's Progress?Karren Alenier
Camelot And The Budding BullyThe gods of terror don't telegraph their punches, and the snakes of prejudice and bigotry, slithering near the waters of civility, can release their venom in a nano-second.Kathi Wolfe
A Toast to FallMy favorite time of year is the transition from summer to fall. August is that deliciously deep yellow warm month of summer, September is the autumnal equinox and home of the giant Harvest Moon, and October is Halloween and the crisp doorway into the holiday season.Lia Beachy
COMICSMy Old Man!Last RitesAn ongoing series by Scene4's resident mad cartoonistElliot Feldman
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