Designing a World for Cezanne

A play fully exists only when live actors are sharing a story with a live audience. To “make” theatre requires a small village and one of the principal residents of that village is the set designer. She creates the three-dimensional story-world the actors inhabit. Last fall artist and designer Amelia […] Continue reading »

My Play about Paul Cezanne

Visiting Cezanne, my newest play, is having its world premiere next month in Seattle. For those of you in the area, I hope to see you there. Red Rover Theatre Company is producing. This play was inspired by a 2011 visit to a Cezanne exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New […] Continue reading »

Stages of Doug Hughes

Something like a theatre express train has occasionally operated from Seattle to New York, conveying directors and executives eastbound. Notable passengers have been Dan Sullivan (Seattle Rep Artistic Director 1981-1997), Doug Hughes (Seattle Rep Associate Artistic Director 1984-1996), and Bart Sher (Intiman Theatre Artistic Director 2000-2010). All became A-list New […] Continue reading »

Free Performance Shines Light on Censorship

The Seattle theatre community is coming together to celebrate free expression in the theater and raise awareness about censorship, in a one-night-only-performance of Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret. And you are invited. DATE:  Monday, Sept. 25, 7:00 pm PLACE:  Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle 98101 TICKETS: Admission is free. […] Continue reading »

Bob Dylan Dramatized

Musicals of any stripe are notoriously difficult to pull off. They’re certainly more difficult than a straight play. This is largely due to so many moving parts, including bookwriter, lyricist, composer, arranger, choreographer, conductor and musicians. When a musical is based on an original story, the creative team starts with […] Continue reading »

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 »