The Hold List: Editors’ wish list – Post | BookPage

The Hold List: Editors' wish list Posted by the editors of BookPage on December 03, 2018 Hint, hint to all our friends and family, because we know you’re reading this every month: These are the books we’d most love to receive as a holiday gift. Our bookshelves might appear to be overflowing, but there’s still room—we promise. Päntsdrunk by Miska Rantanen When I first heard of this book, I was sure it was an elaborate [...]

By |2019-02-28T00:21:19+00:00February 28th, 2019|

Issue Over Two Different “To Kill a Mockingird” Scripts are Forcing Local Theatres to Cancel Upcoming Productions — OnStage Blog

  This Spring, Curtain Call Theatre in Braintree, MA was set to produce To Kill a Mockingbird. However, the theatre was forced to cancel their production due to legal threats they received from lawyers representing Scott Rudin, the lead producer of the currently running Broadway show of the same name. Normally this would be pretty cut and dry, except for the fact that Curtain Call was set to perform an entirely different script licensed by [...]

By |2019-02-28T00:19:52+00:00February 28th, 2019|

“I Was Most Alive With You” Shines with a Shadow Cast — OnStage Blog

  Erin Karll My journey for Deaf Talent leads me to Playwrights Horizons in New York City. ‘“I Was Most Alive With You” is the work of writer Craig Lucas. It features a Deaf (and deaf) character, and an entire shadow cast that signs the dialogue from a balcony overlooking the action. Lucas was inspired to write this piece, and learn about Deaf culture, after watching actor Russell Harvard. He immersed himself in the language [...]

By |2019-02-23T17:09:03+00:00February 23rd, 2019|

We Need to Talk More About Mental Health in Theatre — OnStage Blog

  A few weeks ago we had #BellLetsTalk, a movement promoting de-stigmatizing mental illness. As a result, my Facebook and Instagram feeds were full of stories from friends and colleagues in the theatre relating their struggles. I realized that though theatre promotes mental wellness, we are not immune to the stigmas. There were a few heartbreaking stories, and it made me think. We encourage the idea of community in theatre, more than any other profession, [...]

By |2019-02-23T17:08:10+00:00February 23rd, 2019|

There are Plenty of Reasons and Ways to Cast Performers of Color Right Now — OnStage Blog

  Liz Chirico This weekend I had the pleasure to see both “Come from Away” and “Dear Evan Hansen.” Rest assured, this piece isn’t a review on either (or both) shows because if you’re reading this, you probably already know the main plot points to each. Instead, this is to highlight how casting people of color makes sense in virtually ANY scenario of ANY show. Come from Away features a cast of 12 actors portraying [...]

By |2019-02-23T17:07:27+00:00February 23rd, 2019|

What they’re reading: Susan Gubar – Post | BookPage

What they're reading: Susan Gubar Posted by Lily, Associate Editor on November 26, 2018 In her warm, honest memoir Late-Life Love, Susan Gubar reflects on her life with her husband and the joys and trials of long-lasting love that are only found in the later years of life. Gubar also explores literary examples of old love, noting that while youthful love is perhaps a more popular, scintillating topic, love in old age provides a just [...]

By |2019-02-23T17:06:49+00:00February 23rd, 2019|

Why I Wrote a Horror Musical — OnStage Blog

  Todd Persaud Most people don't often think of horror and musicals together. The two niches just don't seem to really match. And yet, throughout history, and since the birth of the musical in the late 1800s, we've actually seen a number of famous musicals that were based on horror stories. First, a little defining of terms are in order. Horror is a type of story that is made to horrify you, to scare you, [...]

By |2019-02-18T15:18:56+00:00February 18th, 2019|

Best Books of 2018: Readers’ Choice – Post | BookPage

BookPage readers voted, and the results are in! These are your 10 favorite books of the year. (Unsurprisingly, our readers have really good taste.) #1 Educated By Tara Westover #2 The Great Alone By Kristin Hannah #3 Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens #4 Circe By Madeline Miller #5 There There By Tommy Orange #6 An American Marriage By Tayari Jones #7 The Woman in the Window By A.J. Finn #8 The Immortalists By Chloe Benjamin [...]

By |2019-02-18T15:17:30+00:00February 18th, 2019|

Why “She Kills Monsters” Matters — OnStage Blog

  Casey Long Many high schools shy away from the intricacies and occasional controversies of representing various sexual identities, but Beyond the Page Theatre Company’s production of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen faces the realities of being a part of the LGBTQ community head-on. When Agnes Evans (played by Maggie Bengston)  loses her entire family in a car accident, she is forced to confront an uncomfortable truth about her family: she never really knew her geeky youngest sister, [...]

By |2019-02-18T15:15:06+00:00February 18th, 2019|

Stephen Schwartz Joins For Cabaret of His Repertoire: “The Spark of Creation”

  On Friday, Oct. 19, the Music Theater Ensemble presented a “The Spark of Creation” a cabaret composed by Carnegie Mellon alumnus Stephen Schwartz (A 1968). A second-time guest composer for this annual event, Schwartz worked with the 13 students of the junior Music Theater ensemble to deliver a powerful performance. Every song, sashay and cheeky-over-the-shoulder glance reminded the audience of musical theater’s ability to delight. The sold out Greer Cabaret Theater was abuzz. Students, [...]

By |2019-02-16T00:56:06+00:00February 13th, 2019|
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