SHAKESPEARE FIRST FOLIO DISCOVERED IN FRANCE and more...


SHAKESPEARE FIRST FOLIO DISCOVERED IN FRANCE

(Jennifer Schuessler’s article appeared in The New York Times, 11/25.)

First folios of Shakespeare’s plays are among the world’s rarest books, intensely scrutinized by scholars for what their sometimes-minute variations — each copy is different — reveal about the playwright’s intentions.

Now a previously unknown folio has surfaced at a small library in northern France, bringing the world’s known total of surviving first folios to 233.

“This is huge,” said Eric Rasmussen, an American Shakespeare expert who traveled to France over the weekend to authenticate the volume. “First folios don’t turn up very often, and when they do, it’s usually a really chewed up, uninteresting copy. But this one is magnificent.”

(Read more)

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/26/arts/shakespeare-folio-discovered-in-france-.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%221%22%3A%22RI%3A8%22%7D 

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AT THE DRAMA BOOK SHOP, SAT., DEC. 29, BOB SHUMAN, JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY, CRAIG MCNULTY, ROBERT Z. GRANT, PETER CARROZZO, LISA KICIELINSKI, MARK BORCKOWSKI, DAVID CAUDLE, LUCY THURBER, LISA KRON

YES, AT THE DRAMA BOOK SHOP, SAT., DEC. 29, BOB SHUMAN (FROM STAGE VOICES) WITH JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY, CRAIG MCNULTY, ROBERT Z. GRANT, PETER CARROZZO, LISA KICIELINSKI, MARK BORCKOWSKI, DAVID CAUDLE, LUCY THURBER, LISA KRON

FOR THE INDIES FIRST CAMPAIGN, THEATRE PROFESSIONALS WILL WORK AT THE DRAMA BOOK SHOP—AND HELP YOU BEGIN THE HOLIDAY SEASON THE RIGHT WAY

ADDRESS FOR THE DRAMA BOOK SHOP:

250 West 40th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)

New York, New York 10018

Phone: 212-944-0595

www.dramabookshop.com

Bob Shuman will be at the shop at 2:00 PM on DEC. 29, helping out and signing copies of the books he has edited and/or been included in:

DUO!: THE BEST SCENES FOR TWO FOR THE 21st CENTURY

ONE ON ONE:  THE BEST WOMEN’S MONOLOGUES FOR THE 21st CENTURY

ONE ON ONE: THE BEST MEN’S MONOLGOUES FOR THE 21st CENTURY

ONE ON ONE: PLAYING WITH A PURPOSE—MONOLOGUES FOR KIDS, AGES 7-15

ACTS OF WAR: IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN IN SEVEN PLAYS

 

INDIES FIRST

 

#indiesfirst 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

LET THE HOLIDAYS BEGIN

The Back Story… Author Sherman Alexie came up with the idea for writers to support their local indie by "volunteering" to work at the store on Small Business Saturday 2013. The day was a huge hit. Thousands of authors across the country acted as guest booksellers and the Indies First movement was born.

Authors then backed Indies First Storytime Day, during Children's Book Week, and were story hour readers at hundreds of independent bookstores.

Throughout, publishers have been behind the scenes boosters, recruiting authors and tagging great reads to promote!

For the holiday, 2014 season, Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) started Upstream, an indie bookstore-author partnership ​that connects authors with their local independent booksellers ​for signed stock, AND bestselling author Neil Gaiman and musician-author Amanda Palmer are leading the call for their fellow authors to get behind Indies First

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As part of Small Business Saturday, authors volunteer at their favorite indies.  So far...

1:30 p.m.  John Patrick Shanley @JohnJpshanley ("Outside Mullingar," "Doubt" and MANY others)

Craig McNulty craigmcnulty.com

Craig McNulty is an internationally acclaimed and award winning playwright whose work has been produced extensively in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Melbourne Sydney, & Singapore.  His published short plays include 9 HOURS TO FALLUJAH (Best New 10-Minute Plays 2006, Smith & Kraus), MAY 1, 2011 (The Collective :10 Play Anthology, Vol. I), and WATERTOWN, MASS. (Vol. II). His full-length Welcome Home Steve was a Gold Star critics pick in Backstage, noted for “crisp dialogue, excellent… quintet of totally believable characters, smartly paced.”  His plays And No One Knows What You’re About and Pink Dress were finalists for The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival’s National Ten-Minute Play of the Year (2009 & 2010).  He currently has plays in development at The Collective, Naked Angels, HB Studio Playwrights Foundation, REVO Theatre & Fundamental's Mass Rhetorics Theatre Project.  Unstill Life: 5 plays by Craig McNulty and Warning: May Contain Nuts- 4 New Plays from Craig McNulty were produced by The Collective and enjoyed sold out runs.  Craig studied theatre with Uta Hagen, Jose Quintero, Bill Hickey, Gene Frankel, Donna De Matteo, and Austin Pendleton and was mentored by Julie McKee

Rober Z. Grant @robertzgrant 

Robert Z Grant's short plays include Outside the Box and Letting All the Air Out.  He is also an actor, director, and producer: his work with The Collective was seen in Ionesco’s The Lesson, Me Equals This, 360 - an original adaptation of La Ronde, and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, and on Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer.  A trained improviser, Robert can also be found in the award-winning show, Broadway’s Next H!T Musical around New York and across the country. Robert is a graduate of the William Esper Studio, where he studied with Bill Esper.  www.robertzgrant.com, @robertzgrant 

Peter Carrozzo 

Playwright Peter Carrozzo has written numerous plays of all lengths and several short stories; most recently, his short play Key to My Heart was produced by The Collective as part of October's Collective :10.  Peter is also an attorney and adjunct professor at John Jay College where he teaches Constitutional Law.  He has published a number of law review articles on legal history and real property law and writes for legal websites, including his own www.constitutionland.com.  Peter lives in Queens with his wife Erin, and children, Katherine, Abigail and Patrick.  

2:00 p.m.  Bob Shuman @Bobjshuman ("Duo!: The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century")

2:15 p.m.  Lisa Kicielinski @LisaKhere 

Producer and publications editor Lisa Kicielinski is a permanent ensemble member and former Managing Director of The Collective, for which she adapted and is producing Turtleface for CollectiveNY Films.  Carnegie Mellon and Actors Studio alum.  She’s appeared on Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central and worked with Sidewalk and Dublin Film Festivals, Steeltown Entertainment, KDKA television station, and HBO. 

2:30 p.m.  Mark Borckowski @mjborkowski 

Mark Borkowski’s plays have won critical acclaim from coast to coast - most recently, The Head Hunter at The Producers Club and A Gravedigger’s Tale at The Hudson Guild.  Other NYC productions include: The Daughters of Eve (The Cherry Lane Studio Theatre), The Mutilation of St. Barbara (The Gene Frankel Theatre),  Twilight's Child (Playwright’s Horizons), Within The Skins of Saints (The Common Basis Theatre), The Rude Man (The Kraine Theatre), The Godling, and The Shadow Keeper  (Tribeca Lab), as well as many others.  Outside New York: Suicide, Inc. at The Walnut St. Theatre.  In Los Angeles, his Lonely Vigil for a Stranger ran at The Burbage Theatre where LA Times heralded it, “fireworks and poetry.”  Publications include: A GRAVEDIGGER’S TALE (Smith & Krauss) Best One Acts of 2009 and DON’T LISTEN TO WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE (Smith & Krauss) Best One Acts of 2007.  He is the winner of the Playwrights Fellowship Award from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and The Rod Serling Award.  Also a screenwriter, his award winning thriller, THE PERFECT WITNESS is available on DVD worldwide, NETFLIX and on SHOWTIME. 

3:00 p.m.  David Caudle @caudleplaywrite ("The Sunken Living Room")

4:00 p.m.  Lucy Thurber (The Hilltown Plays and others)

6:30 p.m.  Lisa Kron @KronLisa (IN THE WAKE, WELL, FUN HOME and others)

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MICHAEL FEINGOLD ON TURKEYS (IN THEATRE)

  

(Feingold’s article appeared on Theatermania, 11/21.)

I am not a disaster collector by nature. I go into every show hoping it will succeed, and hoping even more that it will succeed in pleasing me. But some shows please nobody. They arrive; they get darkly dour reviews; they meet cold, silent audiences in three-fourths-empty houses; and quickly they depart. The puzzle is often how they got there in the first place: Eric Bentley, reviewing New York theater in the 1950s, said the existence of life in the universe would probably be easier to explain than how certain plays got to Broadway. And the more time you spend in the theater, whether as practitioner, critic, or audience member, the more such enigmas you confront.

We call them "turkeys." The name comes from the holiday season's traditional dinner entree, which makes November the appropriate time for this column. Producers used to put up cheap, hastily mounted shows, built to run only between Thanksgiving and Twelfth Night. They tapped into the holiday time's enlarged audience — kids home from school, visiting relatives — and trusted the seasonal good cheer to help playgoers overlook the shoddiness of the work onstage. The technical and artistic standards for holiday shows have improved, but the term has stuck, now meaning anything that is shoddy, sloppy, pointless, or artistically ineffectual enough to appeal to no audience and to close quickly.

(Read more)

http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/michael-feingold-talking-of-turkeys_70736.html

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O’CASEY: ‘THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS’ ON BBC RADIO 3—LINK BELOW

Listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b017ss4b

Sean O'Casey's classic play set in the midst of the Easter Rising of 1916. The impact of events is viewed through the eyes of ordinary people inhabiting a Dublin tenement. O'Casey's masterpiece paints a vivid portrait of a city and a nation in turmoil.

The Plough and the Stars was chosen for Drama on 3 by the playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah. Kwame also introduces this new production of the play.

Musical Director ..... Conrad Nelson.

Credits

     

  

Role

  
  

Contributor

  

Actor

Sean O'Casey

 

Nora

 

Elaine Cassidy

 

Jack

 

Padraic Delaney

 

Bessie

 

Gabrielle Reidy

 

Fluther

 

Finbar Lynch

 

Peter

 

Stephen Hogan

 

The Covey

 

Jonathan Forbes

 

Mrs Gogan

 

Fiona Clarke

 

Mollser

 

Rebecca Gleeson

 

Rosie

 

Jane McGrath

 

Capt Brennan

 

Matthew McNulty

 

Lieut. Langan

 

Sam Smith

 

Director

Nadia Molinari

 

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EXIT THE STAGE DIRECTION

 

(Lyn Gardner’s article appeared in the Guardian, 11/25.)

At a recent workshop, as part of the excellent Mousetrap Theatre Projects, the playwright Simon Stephens was talking about the making of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. In answer to a question from one of the students, he made the point that the show would never have ended up as it did if he had written stage directions detailing exactly how it should look and sound.

“It makes everyone alert,” said Stephens. “It’s solving those problems – how you get Christopher from Swindon to London – that make the evening what it is. A play script is not a prescription. It’s a starting gesture that may lead to a night in the theatre that forces everyone involved, including the audience, to be at their most imaginative.”

It’s a very far cry from the plays of Ibsen, Shaw or O’Neill that often run to pages of stage directions. Shaw’s stage directions sometimes even stipulate exactly which pictures should be hanging on the wall. But, of course, Shaw’s plays would have been as widely read as they were staged – and stage directions can be helpful to a reader. O’Neill’s are so extensive that, earlier this year, the New York Neo-Futurists premiered their second comedy based entirely upon them with The Complete and Condensed Staged Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Volume 2.

(Read more)

http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2014/nov/25/stage-directions-simon-stephens-winters-tale

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