Finding a Director, and Bidding Farewell

When a script has the merit and good fortune (both are necessary) to move off the writer’s desk into production, a lonely orphan is getting adopted into a big, noisy family. The person charged with focusing that family’s talent and bursting energy is the director. He is the hub from which […] Continue reading »

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 »

A Director’s Journey to Broadway

Directors are to theatre what the depot is to railroads: all trains run through them. Tracks radiate from the director to every corner of a production – the writer, producer, actors, designers, finance people, marketers, and venue management. She also serves the vital defensive function of shielding the creative team […] 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 Speech Under Fire

Free speech is suffering collateral damage during America’s culture wars. Of late, theatre has been drug onto that battlefield, taking artillery fire from the far left of the political landscape. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, an anti-Israel group, tried to pressure Lincoln Center in New York to cancel the […] 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 »