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Prototype Festival in NYC at HERE – Last Chance

TheatreNow! guest Kristin Marting has done it again at HERE. The Prototype Festival became an instant classic two years ago, and the annual event will end next week. Get your tickets now!

http://prototypefestival.org/

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PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now is the premier global festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre in New York City, co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE.

The third edition of PROTOTYPE, running from January 8–17, will feature two world premiere co-productions—composer Stefan Weisman and librettist David Cote’s The Scarlet Ibisa dreamy contemporary family opera that weaves puppetry into its story-telling, and Korean-American artist Bora Yoon’s multimedia music-theatre work, Sunken Cathedral, which takes the audience on a sonic journey of deep psychological impact. The festival also includes Toxic Psalms, an international co-presentation with Slovenian vocal theatre company Carmina Slovenica and St. Ann’s Warehouse; Kansas City Choir Boy, a theatricalized concept album by Todd Almond, at HERE; two work-in-progress presentations of Beth Morrison Projects operas in development: Winter’s Child, by Ellen Reid and Amanda Jane Shank, co-presented with Trinity Wall Street, and Aging Magician, by Paola Prestini, Rinde Eckert, and Julian Crouch, co-presented with Park Avenue Armory and Opera America’s New Works Forum; and a one-night-only performance by Timur and the Dime Museum at Joe’s Pub.

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BRIDGE TO BARAKA ON STAGE

Congratulations to Season One Guest Yvette Heyliger, who continues to perform her one woman show BRIDGE TO BARAKA. Catch her in NY or LA. Yvette completed an MFA in Playwrighting from Queens College a couple of years ago, and has returned to the stage as well as continuing as an active producer.

Yvette Heyliger on stage

1 More Show in NY for Black History Month
1 Show in LA for Women’s History Month

Playwright/actor Yvette Heyliger is pleased to announce that during Back History Month she will be performing 30 minutes of her solo show, Bridge to Baraka, directed by Mario Giacalone in John Chatterton’s Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival. The remaining show is on Sunday, February 24th @ 4:15pm, Roy Arias Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street # 402 (at 8th Avenue). Tickets are $13.00. Click here to purchase your tickets today! A Talk back with the playwright following the show can be arranged upon request

Emboldened by the 1960’s Black Arts Movement, Yvette X stakes her claim as a female dramatist coming of age during the ongoing fight for parity in the American Theatre. Bridge to Baraka is Yvette’s first one-woman show and marks her return to performing since appearing on the NBC hit, Cosby Show. Martin Denton, nytheatre.com critic, said, “Heyliger has clearly carved out a successful life for herself since then as actor and then playwright/activist (she’s a notable campaigner for parity for women playwrights on the American stage).”

During Women’s History Month, Yvette is pleased to announce that she will be heading to the West Coast to perform Bridge to Baraka in the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. The show will be at the Renberg Theater on Friday, March 22nd @ 8pm. For tickets and information visit http://www.lawtf.org.

Photo by Miriam Berkley



Valentina Fratti Directs R.U.R.

Congratulations to Season One guest Valentina Fratti, who will direct a production of the classic play R.U.R. on Theatre Row in January.

Resonance Theatre Ensemble presents:

R.U.R.
By Karel Čapek
Adapted By Lee Eric Shackleford
Directed By Valentina Fratti

January 9-30, 2012
http://www.resonanceensemble.org/season.htm

Featuring Kevin Bernard*, Mac Brydon*, Christine Bullen*, Tyler Caffall, Chris Ceraso*, Matt W. Cody*, Jane Cortney*, Charlotte Hampden*, Meg Heus, Brad Makarowski*, Sean Philips*, Corey Tazmania*, James Ware

Karel Čapek’s classic R.U.R. originated the word “robot,” and for nearly a hundred years, the play has been considered a classic, translated into every major language on the face of the planet. The plot is centered on a factory that makes artificial beings used in the service of humans. While at first these “robots” seem content with their function as domestic servants, a hostile rebellion soon arises that threatens the very existence of the human race. Lee Eric Shackleford’s adaptation brings the play’s characters, language, and themes into a modern vernacular while remaining as faithful as possible to Čapek’s intentions and vision.

*Appearing Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
An Equity Approved Showcase

Theatre Row – The Beckett Theatre
410 West 42nd Street
New York NY



Yvette Heyliger on the Air

RE-AIRING SATURDAY @ 8:30PM! AUDELCO winner, playwright/producer, Obama Fellow YVETTE HEYLIGER on INSIDE NEW YORK. Three ways to tune in! Time Warner Cable, channel 56; http://www.mnn.org, channel 2; or RNC channel 83.

Yvette talks with host Joan Allen about her career in theater as an actress (Cosby Show), producing artist (Twinbiz) and playwright and the plight of women in theater today! She recently produced, “A Seat at the Table,” a standing room only reading of 10 minute plays by women of color! Yvette also discusses the role of activism and her decision to become a volunteer in Obama’s re-election campaign. Don’t miss it!



TheatreNow! Article in AMERICAN THEATRE

Many thanks to  AMERICAN THEATRE magazine (October 2012 – Theatre Communications Group) for publishing a 2-page article on TheatreNow! Margot Melcon wrote an informative and thorough piece on TheatreNow!’s origins, and place in the contemporary gender parity movement.

Download the article here: AMERICAN THEATRE article on TheatreNow! by Margot Melcon (October 2012)

“There’s been a lot of discussion over the past few years about women’s voices being underrepresented in the theatre—there aren’t enough female playwrights being produced, not enough women in executive positions in regional theatres, not enough female directors or roles for female actors. And not enough women speak out as informed, educated, experienced and qualified representatives in the field. Though there has been a flood of discussion about gender disparity, talking doesn’t always lead to action.

But Anne Hamilton isn’t just talking. In response to the acknowledged under-representation that leads to so much frustration, the New York City–based freelance dramaturg, script consultant and playwright has offered up a solution…”

http://hamiltondramaturgystheatrenow.com



Paule Constable’s Design Process: A Painterly Approach to Lighting and Language

Paule Constable knows when she’s working at her best: “I’m happiest when the lighting and the emotional language of a piece become one.”The UK resident has been a key creative designer on several of this year’s most lauded productions and recently the proud recipient of the 2011 Tony (R) Award for Best Lighting of A Play for WAR HORSE (Lincoln Center Theatre).

She made her mark in 1992 with a groundbreaking design for Theatre de Complicite’s STREET OF CROCODILES, the first show lit by a woman at the National Theater, which toured the world. In 2005, after years of nominations, she became the first female lighting designer to win the Olivier Award (HIS DARK MATERIALS, National Theater) and promptly made it a triple, winning again in 2006 for DON CARLOS (West End), then again in 2009 for THE CHALK GARDEN (Donmar Warehouse).

“My approach is about telling the story,” she says. “I work between the director and the designer to realise the world of both. My job is to create an image out of darkness and then add light for the actors. That painterly approach has influenced a generation of theater artists. What I love most is watching actors rehearse. All I do is heighten the architecture around them to release what they can do.”

Please check the blog in mid-July to hear a podcast of Paule on TheatreNow!



Welcome to Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! – An Interview with Valentina Fratti

Valentina Fratti is a theatre director and producer who was the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Miranda Theatre Company, now m2 productions. On Broadway, she was the Associate Producer of  THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, which won the Tony(R) Award for Best Play. She currently teaches at The New School for Drama.

Anne Hamilton, who worked for James Lipton at the Actors Studio Drama School at the New School for three years,  interviewed her on May 11, 2010.

Please click here to hear the podcast on our companion blog, hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com.

You can follow Valentina’s career at www.valentinafratti.net

— Anne Hamilton, Dramaturg and Playwright. http://www.hamiltonlit.com  hamiltonlit@hotmail.com

TheatreNow! Staff: Anne Hamilton, Producer and Host; Linsey Bostwick, Editor