Sir Peter Hall
Sir Peter Hall

Broadway and West End Dim Lights Fri. Sept. 15 in Memory of Sir Peter Hall

Kathy Eddy

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award® winning creator, producer and theatrical innovator Peter Hall, who passed away on Monday, September 11th at age 86. Theaters on Broadway and across the West End will be dimming their lights in his honor on Friday, September 15th. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed at exactly 7:45pm (EST) for one minute, and dimmed on the West End in London for one minute at 7:00pm (BST).

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Sir Peter Hall
Sir Peter Hall

In Memoriam: Sir Peter Hall, Director

Michael Eddy

Sir Peter Hall, the internationally celebrated theatrical visionary, director and producer, died on September 11, at the age of 86, surrounded by his family. Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, Mr. Hall remained there until 1968. Later, he was named Director of the National Theatre and oversaw the move from the Old Vic to its current home on the South Bank.  He created the Peter Hall Company in 1988 and in 2003 became the founding director of the Rose Theatre Kingston. He also worked extensively in the opera world with productions at The Royal Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and Bayreuth. Additionally, he was Artistic Director of Glyndebourne Festival Opera from 1984 to 1990. 

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Michael Friedman
Michael Friedman

In Memoriam: Michael Friedman, Composer and Lyricist

Michael Eddy

Obie-award winning composer and lyricist Michael Friedman passed away on Saturday, September 9th at the age of 41 due to complications related to HIV/AIDS. Friedman was the Artistic Director of Encores! Off-Center at New York City Center, co-founder of The Civilians, and an artist-in-residence and director of Public Forum at The Public Theater. 

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Diego Matamoros in Cage (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)
Diego Matamoros in Cage (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Thoughts on an Out of Town Residency

Howard Sherman

Lorenzo Savoini, the Young Family Director of Design and a Resident Artist at Soulpepper reflects on the NYC residency

Seven trucks with costumes, props, musical instruments and scenery. Sound and lighting equipment rented locally. 65 artists, with staff and crew on top of that. The logistics for a Broadway touring production? No. That’s a sense of the scale of what Soulpepper Theatre Company undertook in bringing their work to the US for the first time, with their July residency at Signature Theatre company. Describing the logistics of the company’s visit, Lorenzo Savoini, the Young Family Director of Design and a Resident Artist at Soulpepper, said, “It’s almost like a military operation, what our production staff and producing staff have done. It's sort of like landing a 747 onto a front lawn, and it takes an enormous amount of logistics and pre-planning. I think they did it so well, I don't have to knock on wood anymore, but it couldn't have gone smoother."

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Diego Matamoros, Lorenzo Savoini, and Richard Feren discuss how they co-created Cage.

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Sam Shepard and Ellen Stewart
Sam Shepard and Ellen Stewart

La MaMa Celebrates the Life and Career of Sam Shepard

Michael Eddy

American playwright, actor, author, and director, Sam Shepard—who died on July 27, 2017 and was a prominent playwright during the early years of the Off-Off-Broadway movement in the 60’s and 70’s—will be remembered at one of the theatres he regularly called home during that era, La MaMa, on October 7 at 3pm at the Ellen Stewart Theatre in New York City.

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The Alley Theatre
The Alley Theatre

Due to Harvey, Alley Theatre Cancels Remaining Performances of The 39 Steps

Michael Eddy

The Alley Theatre has been severely impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey. In order to keep their patrons, staff, and artists safe, the Alley has cancelled all remaining performances of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. All electricity, email servers, and phone lines remain offline. Upon initial inspection, Alley's Neuhaus Theatre, Mitchell Lobby, and basement dressing rooms suffered the most damage, with water rising past the high-water mark of 2001's Tropical Storm Allison. The Hubbard Theatre and the Long Lobby remain intact without any damage.

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Scenic Designer Joseph Tilford Communicates Through Design

Kathy Eddy

For the well-reviewed production of Karen Zacarías' Native Gardens, Scenic Designer Joseph Tilford has to communicate a lot of information to the audience through his design as he explains his considerations and approach to this very scenic driven production. Native Gardens is a co-production and had its world premiere in January 2016 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. It is currently concluding its run at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and will next play at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage from September 15 – October 22.
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