UNCLE VANYA

UNCLE VANYA

I am directing the Conservatory students at Atlantic Acting School in Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.  Details below.  I am working with a fantastic group of Chekhov actors and a team of extraordinary designers.  Come see it in early November. UNCLE VANYA by Anton Chekhov November 1-4 Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2 330 W. 16th Street betweenContinue Reading

“IT MAKES A SOUND” on NIGHTVALE PRESENTS

“IT MAKES A SOUND” on NIGHTVALE PRESENTS

I am delighted and proud to announce the imminent launch of a new podcast I am co-directing with my longtime collaborator Jacquelyn Landgraf.  This brilliant, tender and funny fever dream of a story, created by and starring Landgraf, premieres on Nightvale Presents on September 24th.  New episodes are released every two weeks.  You can listenContinue Reading

John Ashbery’s “LITANY”

John Ashbery’s “LITANY”

      LITANY by JOHN ASHBERY     ST MARK’S CHURCH 131 E 10th St     NOVEMBER 16th at 8PM Daniel Brian Jones’s performance group Small Theaters Around the Country will present John Ashbery’s Litany for The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church on November 16th.  The poem, written for two voices, will be read by me and Dan,Continue Reading

Practical Aesthetics in OZ

Practical Aesthetics in OZ

Many thanks to Elle Mandalis and Damien Fotiou of Brave Studios for hosting me for a Practical Aesthetics workshop in Melbourne! It was a sheer  joy to work with 14 such talented actors.  I will not soon forget the work they did.          

On the air with NEO-BOHEMIA

On the air with NEO-BOHEMIA

Podcast host, multi-instrumentalist, actor, dialectician, Atlantic Theater instructor and Renaissance man extraordinaire Charley Layton interviews Jacquelyn Landgraf and me on his fabulous show, NEO-BOHEMIA. Our subject: the role of  “STUDY” in the creative process.  You can listen to it here.

Off Broadway Alliance Award Nomination

Off Broadway Alliance Award Nomination

The Velveteen Rabbit has been nominated for a 2016 Off Broadway Alliance Award!  

Recycling Brecht

Recycling Brecht

I’ll be attending the 15th Annual Symposium of the International Brecht Society at St Hugh’s College in Oxford, England in June.   The symposium, entitled “Recycling Brecht,” examines Brecht as both a spinner of old myths and as a writer whose plays are in turn recycled into new myths by contemporary theater makers.  Tony Kushner gives theContinue Reading

Australia Workshop

Australia Workshop

In May I will be heading to Melbourne to teach a week-long intensive in Practical Aesthetics at Brave Studios.  After more than a decade of teaching hundreds of wonderful Australian actors at The Atlantic Theater in New York, I am delighted to visit the motherland. Course details can be found here.

RAVE REVIEWS FOR THE VELVETEEN RABBIT!

RAVE REVIEWS FOR THE VELVETEEN RABBIT!

From THE NEW YORK TIMES: When viewed with love, even the plain and ordinary can become vibrant and beautiful. That simple observation lies at the heart of “The Velveteen Rabbit,” one of the more wrenching children’s classics. Although the death and destruction that are threatened in the story do not prevail, loss does. That sadness, though,Continue Reading

The Velveteen Rabbit at Atlantic Theater

The Velveteen Rabbit at Atlantic Theater

The musical adaptation of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT that Cormac and I co-wrote and he composed is being performed at Atlantic Theater through November 1st. Buy your tickets here.. The production features an outstanding cast and design team. Cormac and I are so proud of the production- come check it out! THE VELVETEEN RABBIT a newContinue Reading

GRADUATION SPEECH

GRADUATION SPEECH

This is the keynote speech I just delivered for the 2015 graduating class of the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. Good afternoon. It is an honor to be here today. The night before my first rehearsal I traveled up from NY to South Station and took a cab to Cambridge. My cabbie wasContinue Reading

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Come see MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at American Repertory Theater if you are in Boston! Cormac has composed beautiful music, including several original songs set to lyrics I culled from poems by Shakespeare, John Donne and Sir Philip Sidney. All music is played live by the cast in a kind of 1940s old world EuropeanContinue Reading

SHAKESPEARE AND THE MUSIC OF LOVE

SHAKESPEARE AND THE MUSIC OF LOVE

The Spring issue of American Repertory Theater’s Guide magazine interviewed me on my upcoming production of Much Ado About Nothing. Dramaturg Christian Ronald and I discussed such subjects as Shakespeare and Music, Why Direct a Poetic Text?, and my decade-long collaboration with composer Cormac Bluestone.

TAMARACK HOUSE

TAMARACK HOUSE

On February 8th I will direct a reading of Mike Dowling’s beautiful new play, Tamarack House for the DEAD OF WINTER reading festival at UP Theater Company on the Upper West Side. Tamarack House follows the lives of a group of men who live in a New England boarding house soon to be sold. AContinue Reading

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT: a concert reading

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT: a concert reading

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT or How Toys Become Real -AN OPERETTA FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS- Adapted from the book by Margery Williams Bianco Book and Lyrics by Anya Saffir and Cormac Bluestone Music by Cormac Bluestone “What is Real?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit to the Skin Horse. “Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thingContinue Reading

AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER

AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING I am looking forward to returning to direct for The American Repertory Theater Institute in the 2014-15 season. I’ve just returned from a week in Cambridge where I met the acting company and enjoyed a few delightful hours leading them in a Chekhov workshop. Artistic Director Scott Zigler and I conferredContinue Reading

“HOW TO SWEAR LIKE SHAKESPEARE”

“HOW TO SWEAR LIKE SHAKESPEARE”

In July 2013 I did an interview on NPR’s The Takeaway with John Hockenberry.  We spoke on the subject of foul language in Shakespeare. The interview topic was a follow-up to an interview the day before on the evolution of swearing in our culture.  This original interview received an outpouring of objections from the show’sContinue Reading

The Moscow Art Theater

The Moscow Art Theater

American Sojourns:  3 Plays by Thornton Wilder Produced by American Repertory Theater Performed at The Moscow Art Theater March-June 2013 After a month of rehearsals at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, my actors and I flew to Moscow to perform our production at The Moscow Art Theater as part of their Spring 2013 repertoryContinue Reading

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