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 »

Directing Brunch to ‘Chicago’ and Beyond

My blog has profiled enough stage directors that those pieces are starting to look like a series. As a basis for these profiles I often use interviews conducted by New York producer Ken Davenport and posted as podcasts on his blog The Producer’s Perspective. I pay attention to directors because they are […] 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 »