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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Stage Directions: Soho Rep.’s Sarah Benson Reveals Fairview Secrets, Why Her Actors Don’t Wear Characters As Masks, and More by Mervyn Rothstein

The Fairview director uncovers how Act 2 of the Pulitzer Prize–winning play was made, her directing philosophy, and more.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Stage Directions: What Makes Bartlett Sher an 8-Time Tony-Nominated Director by Mervyn Rothstein

Inside the mind of the South Pacific Tony winner and man behind Broadway smashes To Kill a Mockingbird, My Fair Lady, The King and I, and more.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

From the Archives: Donna Murphy Brings Passion to Her Tony-Winning Role by Mervyn Rothstein

Shortly after winning the Tony Award as Fosca in the 1994 Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical Passion, Murphy sat down for an interview with Playbill.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Stage Directions: Tyne Rafaeli Combines the Best of British and American Theatre for Her Own Singular Approach to Directing by Mervyn Rothstein

The Usual Girls director and associate of Tony winner Bartlett Sher describes what makes her tick, why she and Sher hit it off, and two upcoming premiere works.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Stage Directions: Leigh Silverman Takes Us Inside Directing Lifespan of a Fact, Violet, Off-Broadway’s Hurricane Diane and More by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-nominated director shares her directing style, insider details from the rehearsal rooms with Sutton Foster and Daniel Radcliffe, and more.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Stage Directions: Why Joel Grey Decided to Direct Yiddish Fiddler On the Roof Without Speaking a Word of Yiddish by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony– and Oscar-winning actor and Tony-nominated director shares why he directs, how he chooses his work, his Jewish roots, and how this Fiddler became “magical.”

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Stage Directions: The Tony-Nominated Director Behind Avenue Q, Pitch Perfect, and More On Turning Niche Projects Into Monster Hits by Mervyn Rothstein

Jason Moore reveals how he chooses what stories to tell, secrets behind Superhero, and why his The Cher Show is his favorite type of musical.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Stage Directions: How Writer-Director Robert O’Hara Decides Which Plays to Direct and Which to Hand Over by Mervyn Rothstein

The Obie-winning director discusses the provocative new Slave Play, choosing his projects, how his rehearsals lead to unconventional results, and more.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Stage Directions: Broadway’s Ivo van Hove Shares the Childhood Story of How He Became a Director by Mervyn Rothstein

The mastermind behind Broadway’s Tony-winning A View From the Bridge, Network, and the upcoming West Side Story shares his philosophy on directing.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Stage Directions: Matthew Penn On Working With Glenn Close In Off-Broadway’s Mother of the Maid by Mervyn Rothstein

The television and theatre director talks about his directing principles, a mistake that guided his career, and the new play at the Public Theater.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Stage Directions: How Oliver Butler Was Drawn Into the Family Business by Mervyn Rothstein

The Obie winner opens up about his directing style, his most recent What the Constitution Means to Me, and his dream of doing more musicals after tick...tick...BOOM!.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Stage Directions: Anne Kauffman Reveals Her Plans for Encores! Off-Center 2019 by Mervyn Rothstein

The Obie– and Lortel-winning director shares her directing principles, her vision for City Center’s Encores! Off-Center, and how she embraced being a female authority in the room.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

From the Archives: Marian Seldes' Life in the Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

Marian Seldes, the grande dame of American theatre, took home a 2010 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Stage Directions: What Is Jerry Mitchell’s No. 1 Rule of Directing? by Mervyn Rothstein

Having learned from legends like Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins, the director-choreographer shares the philosphy that led him to hits like Hairspray, Kinky Boots, and this summer’s …

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Stage Directions: Darko Tresnjak Reveals the 1 Lesson All Future Directors Should Learn by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-winning director peels back the curtain on his process and his vision for Peter Yanowitz and Stephen Trask’s This Ain’t No Disco.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Stage Directions: Why Lileana Blain-Cruz Believes in Making Theatre an Epic Event by Mervyn Rothstein

The Obie-winning director of Pipeline, Red Speedo, and more reveals her directing philosophy, early career missteps, and her pitch to the Park Avenue Armory.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Stage Directions: Tina Landau Gets Real About Being a Director Who Plays and Explores by Mervyn Rothstein

The Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee reveals rehearsal room techniques, what went wrong with Broadway’s Bells Are Ringing, and how she corrected course for SpongeBob SquarePants and …

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Stage Directions: Why Mortiz Von Stuelpnagel Says ‘Certainty Is Dangerous’ by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-nominated director of Hand to God, Off-Broadway’s Teenage Dick, and the upcoming Bernhardt/Hamlet gets real.

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Stage Directions: Why Moritz von Stuelpnagel Says ‘Certainty Is Dangerous’ by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-nominated director of Hand to God, Off-Broadway’s Teenage Dick, and the upcoming Bernhardt/Hamlet gets real.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stage Directions: Doug Hughes Reveals the Biggest Mistake He Ever Made as a Director by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-winning director shares the one thing not allowed in his rehearsal room, the decision that changed his life, and how he makes such winning art.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Stage Directions: Why a Decades-Long Connection to Carousel Led Jack O’Brien to Direct the 2018 Broadway Revival by Mervyn Rothstein

The 2018 Drama Desk-nominated director reveals his draw to the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and the secrets of his rehearsal room.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Stage Directions: The Band’s Visit David Cromer Wants His Onstage World to Feel Real by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-nominated director talks about making things happen in real time onstage, his directing principles, the mistake he learned from, and more.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Stage Directions: George C. Wolfe Aims to Achieve Wonder Onstage by Mervyn Rothstein

The game-changing director of Noise/Funk, the original Angels in America, and this season’s The Iceman Cometh reveals what it’s like inside his rehearsal room, a mistake he made …

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Stage Directions: Two-Time Tony Winner Marianne Elliott On How She Made Angels in America Happen by Mervyn Rothstein

The 2018 Tony-nominated director explains how she chooses her work and what to expect from her female-driven Company.

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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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