Kids Theatre, Lucille Lortel Awards, The Problem With Immersive Theatre, The Language of Theatre, Facetiming Theatre and More News


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LOCAL

The New American Theatre Moves To Hollywood

Press Release

New Home of The New American Theatre

The New American Theatre (NAT) celebrates their 23rd season by moving back to Hollywood, near where the award-winning company got their Los Angeles start. read more here

Hollywood Fringe is currently seeking interns for the 2018 festival!

Interning with Fringe is the best way to get hands on experience behind the scenes of the largest performing arts festival in the west. Interns work directly with Fringe staff to help run various aspects of the festival.

The following positions are available: Fringe Central Set Design Intern, Events Intern, Volunteer Coordinator Intern and Cabaret Intern.

To apply, please review the position details here and submit a cover letter and resume to internships@hollywoodfringe.org. Please specify which position(s) you are applying for in your cover letter. The deadline to apply is April 1st.


LOCAL FOR KIDS

Le PETIT CIRQUE’S
VALENTINE’S CIRCUS

Be charmed and delighted with a showcase of acrobatic youth and Bob Baker Marionette numbers!

Fri. Feb. 16 @ 7:30 pm
Sat. Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm

Sun. Feb 18 @ 2:30 pm

Tickets $25

The Enchanted Nightingale

By Lori Marshall & Joseph Leo Bwarie
Directed by Fran De Leon
January 12 – March 18
Saturdays & Sundays at 11am
Select Fridays at 7pm

Journey to far away ancient China in this magical tale of a powerful Emperor and the rarest of treasures – an enchanted nightingale. Experience a magical Tai Chi practice, colorful fan dancing, royal wardrobe, and above all, a most valuable story celebrating the wealth in generosity and the culture and artistry of the Far East.
$20 adults, $18 age 12 and under. Free parking.

Meet the cast in the lobby after the performance!

more info here

NATIONAL

The Band’s Visit to Celebrate Release of Cast Recording at Barnes & Noble

Ghostlight Records will celebrate the release of the original Broadway cast recording of The Band’s Visit on CD at the 86th Street Barnes & Noble (150 East 86th St.) on Friday, February 23, at 4pm. David Yazbek, the show’s composer and lyricist, will join Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk, and the cast for the special event, which will include an in-store performance and fan photo op. read more here

Michael Friedman, Eve Ensler, WP Theater to Be Honored at 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards

The Lucille Lortel Awards will honor In the Body of the World writer-performer Eve Ensler and late theatrical composer-lyricist Michael Friedman at its 2018 ceremony, set to take place Sunday, May 6, at the N.Y.U. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Ensler, who also penned the plays The Vagina Monologues and The Good Body, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. read more here

The problem with immersive theatre: why actors need extra protection from sexual assault

Performers in the experiential show Sleep No More allege that they were sexually assaulted by patrons, raising concerns about the vulnerability of actors.

Last week, Buzzfeed published an article detailing multiple instances in which performers and staffers of Sleep No More, New York’s long-running immersive experience, allege that they were sexually assaulted by patrons. These claims suggest that Sleep No More lacked policies to curb and manage audience misconduct. They also suggest that a culture of demeaning and degrading actors, a millennia-old phenomenon, is still very much with us. read more here

Robert Lepage and Matías Umpierrez: The Language of Theatre

Two interdisciplinary artists, paired for a Rolex mentorship, had a cross-generational exchange that spanned the globe and many cultures and languages.

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative pairs a young artist with a veteran artist in a similar discipline for a year-long mentorship program. This year, Argentinian theatre artist Matías Umpierrez was paired with master theatremaker Robert Lepage of Quebec City, Canada. In their time together, these two multidisciplinary artists crossed language barriers, cultural divides, and borders, with projects melding opera, film, music, movement, and theatre. The 2016-17 program culminated earlier this week as part of the Rolex Arts Weekend in Berlin, Germany. read more here


AROUND THE WORLD

Mark Shenton: Now audiences are Facetiming theatre shows – what next?

We increasingly live in a sharing, if not necessarily caring, world. We put our lives on public display via Facebook and Twitter, and invite ‘friends’ (in the case of the former) or even total strangers (the latter) to share them.

For journalists, these are part of our broadcast tools: a way of getting our content out there and encouraging a public dialogue about it. I’ll never forget the actor I met at a stage door once, who knew a lot more about me than I did about him: after he recited where I’d been and what I’d seen in the previous week, he said to me: “It’s like we’re in a relationship.” Maybe for him – but not for me, as I wasn’t paying reciprocal attention to the details of his life. read more here

Birmingham theatre evacuated during show after explosion

The Birmingham Repertory theatre has been evacuated following an explosion, West Midlands police said on Tuesday evening.

A statement from the force posted on Twitter said: “All emergency services are currently at Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre, Broad St following reports of an explosion. Initial indications are that this was a technical fault in a staff only area. No casualties are reported. Everyone has been evacuated and are being kept safe.” read more here

Albanian actors storm national theatre to protest government demolition plans

Actors in Albania have stormed the country’s national theatre to protest government plans to demolish the iconic building in Tirana.

Official plans to move the National Theatre to the capital’s Turbine Arts Centre — which is still under construction — have sparked outrage in the country’s cultural circles. read more here

Theatre festival celebrates female voices as women fight to be heard around the world

About four years ago – long before the #MeToo women’s movement shook the world – a group of artistic directors, six men and one woman, had brunch and started discussing what would later become the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival in Washington DC. read more here

Federal funding to jump start Roxy Theatre rebuild

As they say in the theatre, the show must go on.

For Edmonton’s Roxy Theatre, that means returning to its roots on 124th Street, three years after a devastating fire.

On Friday, MP Randy Boissonnault announced $330,000 in federal funding to help with the architectural design of rebuilding the popular venue. read more here

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