Anno Drewmaturgy

Hello all. According to my records, I haven’t written to you in a while—since May 12, to be exact. So what have I been up to? (Warning: links ahoy in the coming paragraphs.) Well, for one thing, I got married in early June (which you can read about here and here). Having just celebrated my two month anniversary, I can report that being married is wonderful, provided you have chosen the right person. And I have. One of the quirks of …

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But This Rough Magic

By Hannah Hessel Ratner But this rough magic I here abjure; and, when I have required Some heavenly music (which even now I do) To work mine end upon their senses that This airy charm is for, I’ll break my staff, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound I’ll drown my book. Act 5, Scene 1                                   …

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Director’s Words by Ethan McSweeny

DIRECTOR’S WORD: The Tempest By Ethan McSweeny Adapted from remarks to the Company on the first day of rehearsal, November 2014 Not long ago, I was sitting with the costume designer Susan Hilferty and she reminded me that her friend and frequent collaborator Garland Wright once said that each director should encounter The Tempest a minimum of three times: once in early career, once in mid-career and once in late career. It was, in his opinion, the ultimate artistic touchstone. …

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Brave New World

ABOUT THE PLAY: The Tempest By Drew Lichtenberg, Production Dramaturg In 1609, a group of settlers sailing to the Virginia colony wrecked, after a sudden sea-storm, on a strange island: Bermuda, where they subsisted on bananas and rum until they could rebuild a bark and sail home. Back in England, the survivor William Strachey’s account of the shipwreck became a source of great fascination, which seems to be where Shakespeare encountered it. Strachey’s venture had been funded by the Earl …

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Finishing School Orientation (Extended): Susannah Compton

Throughout the run of The Taming of the Shrew, a dynamic lineup of special events will offer everyone a chance to live in the world of the production. Designed to look like the open-air markets of Padua and curated to appeal to savvy, contemporary customers, the Piazza d’Amore will host unique shopping, show-related discussions, special performances and culinary events. At the same time, Padua Finishing School will offer artistic workshops that encourage life-long learners to explore new things. The workshops …

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Stories Voiced: Michael Trottier

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Subscribe/Listen to STC’s podcasts on iTunes Subscribe/Listen to STC’s podcasts on SoundCloud In honor of the upcoming D.C. Pride weekend, STC employee Mike tells the story of how his senior thesis opened the doors for a very important conversation in this week’s installment of Stories Voiced.

Finishing School Orientation (Extended): Brenda Zhang

Throughout the run of The Taming of the Shrew, a dynamic lineup of special events will offer everyone a chance to live in the world of the production. Designed to look like the open-air markets of Padua and curated to appeal to savvy, contemporary customers, the Piazza d’Amore will host unique shopping, show-related discussions, special performances and culinary events. At the same time, Padua Finishing School will offer artistic workshops that encourage life-long learners to explore new things. The workshops …

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Drewmaturgy: Seasons Change

Drewmaturgy

Seasons’ Change Ahh, the season. So many events in our lives, as worker bees in the humdrum hivemind of the American regional theatre, revolve around the season. At almost every point in the year, in nonprofit offices around the country, there will be groups of theatre people getting coffee and discussing the season, arguing about the season, taking stands on the season. It is our salvation and our penance, our alpha and our omega, our sursum corda and our shalom. …

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