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Monday, April 23, 2018

Stage Directions: Rachel Chavkin Brings Athleticism to Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

From The Great Comet to Hadestown to currently running Light in Buckinghamshire, the Tony-nominated director has proven her mettle.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Stage Directions: Moonlight’s André Holland Brings an Actor’s Perspective to Directing by Mervyn Rothstein

Best known for the Oscar-winning film and Broadway’s Jitney, the actor makes his directorial debut Off-Broadway.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Stage Directions: Kenny Leon and His Priority of Making Impactful Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-winning director of A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, and more reveals how Children of a Lesser God came to be the most important play he’s ever done.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Stage Directions: Christopher Ashley’s Journey From Bank Analyst to Tony-Winning Director by Mervyn Rothstein

The director of Broadway’s Escape to Margaritaville and Come From Away talks about two decisions that changed his life and career.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Stage Directions: Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman Explains How Indecent Permanently Changed Her Outlook by Mervyn Rothstein

The director of the upcoming This Flat Earth Off-Broadway talks about her directing philosophy and the hard lesson she had to learn.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Stage Directions: Lobby Hero’s Trip Cullman Reveals Exactly What Happens In His Rehearsal Room by Mervyn Rothstein

The director details his directing technique, his path to the profession, and why he needed to bring Kenneth Lonergan’s play to Broadway.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Stage Directions: TUTS' Dan Knechtges On the Decision That Led to His Big Broadway Break by Mervyn Rothstein

As part of Playbill’s new column with directors exploring the decisions that led to their successes and setbacks, the Spelling Bee choreographer shares his path to helming shows and no…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

How English-Speakers Can Get a Taste of Fine French Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

Theatre in Paris helps non-locals be locals for a night with productions of Grease, West Side Story, and its latest: Cyrano de Bergerac.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Is Shakespeare Still Shakespeare If It’s in French? by Mervyn Rothstein

Director Robert Carsen talks about his new French-language production of The Tempest.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

This Paris Production of Singin’ in the Rain Is Unlike Any You’ve Ever Seen by Mervyn Rothstein

In an homage to the film's period setting, the production features a black-and-white cinematic design.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Why This Production of West Side Story Will Redefine Theatre in Paris by Mervyn Rothstein

Jean-Luc Choplin opens the new Seine Musicale theatre complex with a new production of the classic in hopes of cultivating musical theatre fans in the City of Light.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

How Risk and Range Allowed L.A.’s Center Theatre Group to Become One of the Country’s Most Prosperous by Mervyn Rothstein

How the theatre that launched Broadway’s Amélie and is set to premiere Broadway-bound Crazy For You put itself on the map.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate Brings a ‘Cutting Edge’ to This Connecticut Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

The Westport Country Playhouse isn’t just for small town theatre.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

San Diego’s Old Globe Goes Beyond Shakespeare for a New Type of Public Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

Artistic director Barry Edelstein talks about making theatre for all.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Keeping the Old Globe As Diverse and Relevant As Its Audiences by Mervyn Rothstein

Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein looks to the San Diego community for programming inspiration

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Bernadette Peters, Martin Short and Neil Simon Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Challenges and Joys of Making The Goodbye Girl by Mervyn Rothstein

The stars and creators of the the tuneful, but short-lived 1993 musical talk about the unexpected challenges of adapting the 1977 film for contemporary theatre audiences.

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Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, and Neil Simon Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Challenges and Joys of The Goodbye Girl by Mervyn Rothstein

The stars and creators of the the tuneful but short-lived 1993 musical talk about the unexpected challenges of adapting the 1977 film for contemporary theatre audiences.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Theatre That Launched Bradley Cooper’s Elephant Man and Bridges of Madison County Previews This Summer’s Season by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-winning regional theatre tells you what productions to put on your calendar.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

The Mystery Behind Award-Winning Playwright Dan O’Brien’s New Play by Mervyn Rothstein

The House in Scarsdale looks back at the disowned writer’s fractured family.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Why Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter Feels Ripped from the Headlines in 2017 by Mervyn Rothstein

“It’s about a woman who did almost everything right and did one thing wrong,” Wasserstein said of her 1997 political drama.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

FROM THE ARCHIVES: How Janet McTeer Commanded A Doll’s House of Her Own by Mervyn Rothstein

Before Laurie Metcalf’s Part 2, there was McTeer. In this 1997 interview, McTeer reveals how she discovered her towering and Tony-winning performance as Nora Helmer.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Fine Line Between Off-Broadway and Regional Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

Connecticut’s Long Wharf Theatre balances its regional status with Off-Broadway quality productions and New York transfers.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Arena Stage Doubles Down on Plays About Politics and Power by Mervyn Rothstein

In Washington, D.C., the company puts a priority on new work, diverse voices, and American history with its Power Plays initiative.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The First World War is More Relevant Than You Think by Mervyn Rothstein

Accroding to Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Putting the Great Debate Onstage by Mervyn Rothstein

Playwright Lisa Loomer tells the unknown story behind Roe v. Wade.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Why Stage Titan Brian Dennehy Keeps Returning to Beckett by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony winner brings Beckett’s Endgame to New Haven.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

What To Expect from Freaky Friday the Musical by Mervyn Rothstein

Director Christopher Ashley talks about how this version will be different from the Mary Rodgers novel and subsequent films.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Anna Deavere Smith’s Ripped from the Headlines Play Takes Aim at Racial Injustice by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony nominee and MacArthur Fellow calls out the school-to-prison pipeline and inspires activism in her interactive, one-woman show.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

What to Expect From Terrence McNally’s New Anastasia by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-winning librettist talks about what audiences can expect from his take on the Russian fairy tale when it debuts on May 12.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Exploring “Romantic Destiny” Through Dance, Christopher Gattelli Talks Finding the One to Fall In Yo by Mervyn Rothstein

A team that comprises 18 Tony Awards has come together to bring the new dance piece In Your Arms to the Old Globe Theatre. We catch up with Tony-winning choreographer Christopher Gattell…

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Paula Vogel On Her New Play Indecent, Historic Controversy and the “Beautiful Love Story of Two Wome by Mervyn Rothstein

When Pulitzer Prize–winning dramatist Paula Vogel was 22, she read a play called The God of Vengeance, by major Yiddish author Sholem Asch. It had been written in the first decade …

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