Spring break for NYC public schools could not have been timed more perfectly. While my residency classes are off enjoying a well deserved break, I’m diving into COLLAPSE. We head into tech next week – get your tickets here!
And, especially thrilled to be representing the Women’s Project at the Women in the World Summit this year. Innovators and revolutionaries from around the globe sharing knowledge and inspitation. And Hillary and Oprah will be there, of course.
2013 seems to have launched me out of a canon. Between the Time Warner Fellowship, actively developing PIMPS (update coming next month on that) and HAMLET with Stephanie DiMaggio, associate producing COLLAPSE for the Women’s Project and beginning four new teaching residencies for BAM – well, things have been a bit hectic, but all of it joyful.
I love doing this list because it’s a reason to think back over a year of theatrical experiences, and usually reflects my own travel, shifting interests, etc. This year, it seems to represent my employers – is that affinity? Bias? Below is the list, and thanks for stopping by!
Top 6 –
Not “Best” which is far too subjective, but the 6 shows that live most in my mind now, that impacted me the most.
Einstein on the Beach (BAM)
SITI’s Trojan Women (BAM)
Pina Bausch – como el musquito (BAM)
The White Snake (OSF)
Peter and the Starcatcher (B’way)
Fun Home (Public)
The Harmonious Pimps are hard at work completing final script tune ups, new songs and slammin’ bods. As we work towards a May/June NYC announcement (details forthcoming), here’s a some material you won’t see in the show. Think of it as a Pimptastic rif on World Finance.
This weekend I’ll spend Saturday with the Emerging Writer’s Group at The Public Theater, directing new pieces by some truly fantastic, exciting, boundary-testing playwrights. So psyched.
And, Sunday will spent with Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan; I’ll be staging the winning play of the 2011 Trinity Playwrights Competition – starring Francesca Choy-Kee and Lee Rosen. Tickets available here for free, with reception to follow.
Lots going on with the Shakespeare Society. Tomorrow will be our second major event, CONCORD OF SWEET SOUNDS, featuring powerhouse actor John Douglas Thompson. He will be playing an amazing and far-reaching range of characters, from Orsino to Prospero, all in one night.
And next Monday, at The Pearl Theater, we’re holding a talk with Daniel Sullivan, Liesl Tommy and Davis McCallum, moderated by Michael Sexton, on Directing Shakespeare. Quite a breath of experience and approaches in conversation with each other. Don’t miss it!
The Women’s Project Lab is off to a great start! We just completed our first project together – making pieces for the Annual Meeting. I was thrilled to work with uber-talented playwright Dipika Guha and producer Deadria Harrington. We created a piece based on Joan Schenkar’s 1978 play SIGNS OF LIFE, which starred Kathleen Chalfant. This was especially exciting because we discovered, after embarking on making the piece, that Joan and Kathleen would be in attendance. Eep! Well, great fun was had by all and it was a thrill to meet them both. There was even talk of exploring SIGNS OF LIFE again – which is a wonderful, intricate play.
I had the honor of introducing Kathleen to the excited attendees, and look forward to more invigorating nights at City Center over the coming years.
Joan Schenkar, Kathleen Chalfant, Deadria Harrington and myself. Dipika, where were you? I’ll have to Photoshop your head in between Joan and Kathleen.
Excited for the first Shakespeare Society Major Event of the season. We’re going to be hosting Robert Lepage and Peter Holland for discussion about TEMPEST – with scenes and songs from the play and opera. And, I’ll be live tweeting the rehearsal/show. You can follow me at @keatlo and the Shakespeare Society at @shakespearenyc; I’ll be posting with the hashtag #METtempest.
Details on the event below!
October 15 at 7pm
MAJOR EVENING EVENT
SHAKESPEARE AT THE OPERA: Robert Lepage & The Tempest
A Collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera
at the Kaye Playhouse, East 68th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues
An evening of readings, song, commentary and conversation focusing on this fall’s Met premiere of Thomas Ades’s The Tempest with visionary director ROBERT LEPAGE, MET opera singers, and commentary by Notre Dame’s PETER HOLLAND. With readings from the play by SETH NUMRICH (War Horse), RON CEPHAS JONES (Richard III), and SAMANTHA SOULE (Dinner at Eight).
I’ve just joined the ranks of The Shakespeare Society, as Artistic Associate!
I’ll continuing development on our Shakespeare Talks series and Major Events evenings, as well as helping to support Shakespeare productions in development in NYC.
More on the Society here!
I’m proud to announce that I’ve been selected as a director for the Women’s Project Lab, 2012 – 2014.
Check out more on the lab here!
Harmonious Pimps just completed an amazingly productive residency at Williamstown Theater Festival – Thanks to the WTF community for their support!!
More Pimps news soon!