Another Op’nin, Another Show

The road-weary theatre company in Cole Porter’s delightful 1949 musical Kiss Me, Kate raises the Act One curtain by singing “Another op’nin, another show,” After 18 years of writing plays, I was losing faith that I would ever have the occasion to sigh Porter’s famous lyrics. Until now, that is, […] Continue reading »

And in This Corner, Wearing the Producer’s Hat

I and fellow Seattle playwright John C. Davenport founded Red Rover Theatre Company last year in order to put our own work up on stage. So far we have produced a play of John’s last October and a production of my new play Das Ende just closed. Our bold and, […] Continue reading »

Learning by Stages

When actors are learning a role, the most important question they must answer for themselves is “What does my character want in this scene?” Another way they’ll ask that is “What is motivating my character at this moment?” If a character’s want and motivation are lacking, the actor has the misfortune […] Continue reading »

Behold, a New Play Opens

Tonight is a momentous event in the life of an obscure writer. After penning plays for 17 years and having readings and workshops of them, tonight marks the first time a Duane Kelly play is being fully staged. Wunderbar! The play, Das Ende (“The End” in German), involves the composer […] Continue reading »

Wagner as Monster and Redeemer

Richard Wagner reigned supreme over the arts in the 19th Century. That is not only history’s judgement, it was also Wagner’s. The maestro’s many problems did not include a diminutive ego. Wagner’s abilities rose to the level of genius in the way we think of for Shakespeare and Mozart. (One […] Continue reading »

How Does a Play Open? It’s a Mystery.

John C. Davenport, co-founder with me of a new theatre company in Seattle, was reminding me of a bit in the 1998 movie Shakespeare in Love. For any veteran of the theatre biz this hilarious scene rings with hard-earned truth. Philip Henslow (played by Geoffrey Rush) is the financially imperiled […] Continue reading »