HILTON ALS ON: “JAMES BALDWIN, THIS TIME!” (APRIL 23-27) and more...


HILTON ALS ON: “JAMES BALDWIN, THIS TIME!” (APRIL 23-27)

(Als’s article appeared in the New Yorker, 4/28.)

Never give an artist an assignment. When James Baldwin (1924-1987) published the essay “Letter from a Region in My Mind,” in this magazine in 1962, it wasn’t the piece he’d promised its then editor, William Shawn. As originally conceived, it was meant to be a report from a troubled land, or homeland: Africa. When Baldwin finally handed his piece in, his report described trouble closer to home: the burgeoning Black Nationalist movement in America. The essay became the centerpiece of his 1963 book, “The Fire Next Time”; soon afterward, Baldwin was on the cover of Time magazine.

Baldwin had been writing about the civil-rights movement since the nineteen-fifties, in magazines like Harper’s and Partisan Review, but “The Fire Next Time” was something different: a report from segregated territory—Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam. Baldwin had grown up in a similarly separate, no less angry, but ideologically different world—the Depression-era, Harlem-based Baptist church. But Muhammad didn’t have an integrationist impulse; as a Southern-born child he had seen a man being lynched, and didn’t believe there was any hope for the “white devils.” Their day, he thought, was coming.

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http://www.newyorker.com/arts/reviews/2014/04/28/140428goli_GOAT_theatre_als

 

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SHAKESPEARE: ‘ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA’ WITH KENNETH BRANAGH AND ALEX KINGSTON (LISTEN NOW ON BBC RADIO 3 UNTIL 4/27—LINK BELOW)

Antony and Cleopatra

Duration:  2 hours, 25 minutes

First broadcast:  Sunday 20 April 2014

Listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0414fq4

Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston take the lead roles in this great tragedy of love and power, a new production to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.

Lovers, politicians, superstars. Antony and Cleopatra is Shakespeare's late and epic tragedy of mature love and the catastrophic fall from grace and power that it brings about. Irresistibly drawn together, the couple are surrounded by friends, enemies, admirers and critics, none of who remain unscathed by the folly and heartbreak of this magnificent pair. As empires clash around them, their destiny seems inevitable: to love each other till death and even beyond.

This new production of Antony and Cleopatra marks the return of Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston's Shakespearean partnership, last seen in their sold-out Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival in 2013.

A BBC Cymru Wales production for BBC Radio 3

Part of Radio 3's celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The mature love affair of Antony and Cleopatra is followed next week by the tragic story of young love, Romeo and Juliet.

Credits

Writer  William Shakespeare

Antony  Kenneth Branagh

Cleopatra  Alex Kingston

Octavius Caesar     Geoffrey Streatfeild

Enobarbus  Robert Pugh

Lepidus  Nigel Anthony

Agrippa  Simon Armstrong

Dolabella  Matthew Gravelle

Proculeius  Alun Raglan

Octavia/Iras  Priyanga Burford

Philo  Richard Clifford

Pompey  Richard Harrington

Charmian  Janice Acquah

Alexas  Don Gilet

Mardian  Ewan Bailey

Eros/Messenger  Will Howard

Soothsayer/Snakeman  Peter Polycarpou

Composer  Elizabeth Purnell

Director  Alison Hindell

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THINKING ABOUT THEATRE PUBLICITY: AMAZING SOCIAL MEDIA DATA FROM IAN MCKELLEN AND PATRICK STEWART

(Christopher Heine’s article appeared in Adweek, 4/16; via Pam Green.)

 

If anyone has had more fun promoting a Broadway production than Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, it must have included a hearty diet of adult beverages and illegal drugs.

The pair of legendary actors wowed social media users while pushing their No Man's Land/Waiting for Godot twinbill, which ran from Oct. 1 through March 31. It's worth noting that—outside donning their Godot play hats and occasionally using a #twoplaysinrep hashtag—the duo's marketing was fairly subtle. They didn't cheesily hold up "No Man's Land" signs or wear branded tee shirts, instead focusing on goofing around like chums. Though their digital shenanigans racked up a whopping 600 million impressions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, per exclusive data from Shareablee.

During the six-month period, said the social data company, Stewart tweeted 105 times, garnering about 500,000 retweets and favorites. For sake of comparison, Oreo—widely considered a social branding juggernaut—received some 46,300 Twitter retweets/favorites during the same period, according to Shareablee.

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http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/amazing-data-ian-mckellen-and-patrick-stewarts-run-social-hijinks-157062

 

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CORINNE JABER/AMIR NIZAR ZUABI: ‘OH MY SWEET LAND’ (REVIEW PICK, UK)

 

(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 4/15.)

How do you present the situation in Syria on stage? The answer, in this extraordinary piece conceived and performed by Corinne Jaber and written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi, is to focus on a journey. In Zuabi's I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother, seen at the Young Vic in 2010, we witnessed a man's pursuit of a woman across 1948 Palestine. In this play, we hear of a woman's quest for a missing man that takes her to Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

The story is told by a woman who, like Jaber herself, is of mixed Syrian-German parentage. As she stands in her Paris kitchen making kubah, a classic Syrian meat dish, she recalls her encounter with an exiled Damascene medical worker, Ashraf. She has helped the guilt-ridden Ashraf, with the aid of Skype, organise the escape of fellow Syrians and for three months the two of them become lovers. When Ashraf disappears, she goes on a labyrinthine journey in search of him that leads to encounters with some of Syria's 2 million refugees and stirs deep ancestral memories.

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http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/apr/15/oh-my-sweet-land-review-syria-conflict-refugees

 

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ANNIE BAKER’S ‘THE FLICK’ WINS 2014 PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA

(from the AP, 4/14.)

 

The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists, and the judges' comments:

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JOURNALISM

— Public Service: The Guardian US and The Washington Post for the revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. The committee cited the Post for authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security. It cited The Guardian US for aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy. Finalists: Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., for its use of in-depth reporting and digital tools to expose shootings, beatings and other concealed misconduct by some Long Island police officers, leading to the formation of a grand jury and an official review of police accountability.

— Breaking News Reporting: The Boston Globe staff for its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy. Finalists: The Arizona Republic staff for its compelling coverage of a fast-moving wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters and destroyed more than a hundred homes, using an array of journalistic tools to tell the story; and The Washington Post staff for its alert, in-depth coverage of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, employing a mix of platforms to tell a developing story with accuracy and sensitivity.

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http://bigstory.ap.org/article/2014-pulitzer-winners-journalism-and-arts

 

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