Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Buys Building It Calls Home

by Jacob Coakley
The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company moved into their Penn Quarter home in Washington, D.C. in 2005.

 


The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company moved into their Penn Quarter home in Washington, D.C. in 2005.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company has negotiated a deal to purchase the building their theatre calls home. In 1998 Woolly Mammoth partnered with JPI Apartment Development LP to develop a city-block sized building that would contain apartments, retail outlets and a new 265-seat theatre space. They undertook a $9 million capital campaign, and in 2005 moved into their new space. Since then Woolly Mammoth has seen its patron count double, its budget more than double and has nearly doubled its staff size. With all of this their art continues to impress, as they’re earned 103 Helen Hayes Awards since 2005. In short: The new space has been good for them. And now they’ll own it.

Woolly Mammoth to Host Launch of Cyber Narrative Project

by Jacob Coakley
Though hosted by Woolly Mammoth, the Cyber Narrative Project is a partnership between the Black Women Playwrights’ Group and the Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center-Global

Though hosted by Woolly Mammoth, the Cyber Narrative Project is a partnership between the Black Women Playwrights’ Group and the Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center-Global

Woolly Mammoth is hosting the launch of a one-of-a-kind collaboration. The Cyber Narrative Project is a partnership between the Black Women Playwrights’ Group and the Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center-Global that will partner playwrights of color with tech students to create “cyber-narrative tools” to enchance live productions of plays. The first two projects to be showcased at the launch include a video game based around Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity and an interactive website based on By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage. The reception takes place Feb. 22.

Word for Word

by Stephen Peithman

Words are the playwright’s building blocks, but in the plays featured this month, the use of words expands to become the central focus.

Aditi Brennan Kapil’s Love Person is a love story told in three languages—English, Sanskrit and American Sign Language. This beautifully written and insightful work asks whether we can truly express love through language, and whether mere words can bridge the gap between two people.

Wordplay

by Stephen Peithman

Dialogue, not shtick, produces laughs in these plays

Physical comedy has its place, but this month’s round-up of new plays focuses on works whose wit derives primarily from clever, well written dialogue.

Words to the Wise

by Stephen Peithman

New books for directors, actors, teachers & writers

Theatre is all about words—whether we’re talking about the playwright’s script, the director’s work with the players, or what comes out of the actors’ mouths in performance. This month’s round-up of new books and DVDs emphasizes the communication process in all these areas.

Words, Words, Words

by Jay Duckworth

Speaking at Maine State Music Theatre this summer, I was asked what my design process was. I said, ‘First off, read the script.’ Holy Cow, I can’t believe the number of people that I’ve worked with that just skim it over to look for ‘he hands him a hammer’. What if the actor must hit someone on the head with that hammer? 

The first time I worked with playwright Arthur Laurents he told me, ‘If you have any questions, look back into the script, and it will tell you everything.’ When I go through a script for the first time, I hit everything that is a prop with a yellow highlighter; everything that is a perishable with a red highlighter, and situational information (year, season, holidays, before and after, financial situation, day of the week, and weather trends) with a blue highlighter. 

Working Man's Clothes Productions Wins GLAAD Media Award

by Jacob Coakley

NEW YORK—Working Man’s Clothes world-premiere production of Chisa Hutchinson’s She Like Girls, directed by Jared Culverhouse was named Outstanding New York Theatre, Off-Off Broadway by the GLAAD media awards. The 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards-New York honors entertainment and news media for their representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

Working Outside-In

by Jacob Coakley
The most involved costume I ever wore was as a noble in the court of Louis XIV. My work-study job through the department of theatre and dance was to help a professor with her research of courtly dance in the Baroque period. Practically, this meant dancing. After about six months of learning and rehearsing the steps, practicing how to hold my body and arch my arm perfectly, and drilling the rise, pause, step and fall of the forms, I was told that we would be dancing for a conference of scholars on the Baroque period, and that meant a costume.


World Series Wireless

by Aron Altmark

Taking a close look at RC4 Wireless's new RC4Magic Series 3 line of wireless dimming and control products

When I first looked at the various items in the package from RC4 Wireless, I was unsure how groundbreaking this system would be beyond providing miniscule applications of wireless data and dimming. However, within minutes of watching the start-up tutorial videos, I realized that this product would be much more than that. The modern RC4 system is a highly-configurable, multi-functional, powerful set of tools that electricians, scenic/lighting/props designers and multimedia artists should definitely take note of.