What does it mean for a theater company to create American work on Middle Eastern themes? Ryan Davis notes the founding of Noor Theatre, a new group devoted to staging plays by U.S.-based artists of Middle Eastern descent.
Dancing By Themselves
Imagine a theater with just one performer--and just one audience member watching them. In her roving "Theatre for One," Christine Jones created just that.
Road Shows: Chautauqua! and The Provenance of Beauty
Two recent American “road shows” upend traditional relationships between place and performance—is there a connection? In her essay review, Miriam Felton-Dansky goes on the trail, following NTUSA’s Chautauqua! and The Foundry Theatre’s The Provenance of Beauty. Both productions, she writes, bounce “back and forth across well-worn divides of their own re-creation.”
Reports from the Grotowski Year
UNESCO designated 2009 as the “Year of Jerzy Grotowski,” spurring a worldwide flurry of academic and artistic activity. So what new things did we learn about the director and his legacy? Kathleen Cioffi and Stephen Nunns review the year’s events and offer critically-informed answers.
Marc Robinson's The American Play
Is drama a neglected form of American culture—or an unavoidable blindspot? Alan Ackerman weighs the question in his essay review of The American Play, Marc Robinson’s panoramic study of American playwriting since the eighteenth century (Yale University Press, 2010).