CMU School of Drama

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fear the Fremont Street: Triotech

InPark Magazine: Leading up to the opening of the new Fear the Walking Dead Survival attraction, the most common question seemed to be: What exactly is it? It was a fair question. Prior to its unveiling, developers and owners were tight-lipped about what was hidden inside the 10,000 square foot space on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. Now that it’s open, the challenge lies in accurately describing it.

What Comes After The Flight? Theatre and Migrant Life in Germany

The Theatre Times: The programmes of the 2017/2018 season are still defined by the theme complex “Migrant Life in Germany.” However, the theatres are also reacting strongly to the increasing number of autocrats who are transforming democratic state structures into presidential dictatorships. Alongside the customary mixed repertoire with a portion of classical plays and premieres of new dramas, the programmes comprise an abundance of productions on post-migrant life in Germany. Yet the focus is no longer a cursory engagement with the fate of the refugees, but the question: “What comes after the flight?” Responding to this, in most cases, are authors, directors, and artists who came to Germany with their families or who were born here.

You on the Moors Now

Pittsburgh in the Round: It is an interesting phenomenon when the storytelling trends currently dominating the television and film landscapes creep up in the theatre world. Every new project announced nowadays, whether it’s for the big or small screen, seems to be either a reboot of a previously successful property or some sort of crossover event that brings together fan favorite characters for an epic adventure. This year alone, we’ve seen the first installment in the third incarnation of the Spider-Man film franchise and, later this week, the Justice League will assemble for the first time in a live action movie.

Video of the Month: Lynn Allen’s Fall Collection of AutoCAD Tips

AutoCAD Blog | Autodesk: It’s getting darker earlier and autumn is in full swing. Grab a pumpkin-spiced anything, sit back, and enjoy Lynn Allen’s AutoCAD video tips from this fall—all courtesy of Cadalyst Magazine!

Toronto’s new IMAX VR arcade shows how virtual reality can shape your local theater

The Verge: Starting today, the first thing you’ll see when you walk into the Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Toronto — even before the giant Klingon Bird of Prey dangling above the escalators — is a state-of-the-art virtual reality arcade. You’ll probably even hear a few of the telltale shrieks that come from someone’s first VR experience. Today, IMAX is opening the latest of its IMAX VR centers with its first location in Canada. The launch follows VR installations in theaters in Shanghai and New York, as well as a flagship location in Los Angeles that debuted back in January.

Why Hari Kondabolu Takes on The Simpsons in New truTV Doc

The Mary Sue: In one scene of Hari Kondabolu’s truTV documentary The Problem With Apu, actor and former White House worker Kal Penn pauses before answering whether or not he’s regretted an acting role, and says he’s realizing that he’s not in a PR event. “I was wondering if anybody would love that as much as I did,” says Kondabolu when I bring it up, “That was for me and anybody who understood that it’s always the same thing.”

Pop-up Nickelodeon begins Downtown on Friday

Blogh: From being the backdrop for films like The Dark Knight Rises and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Pittsburgh is known for its small but mighty role in the film industry. But it all started in 1905, with a small storefront theater begun on Smithfield Street by Harry Davis and John P. Harris.

Three Generations Of Actresses On How Ageism Affects Women In Hollywood

NPR: NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with actresses Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson about how the opportunities for women in Hollywood have changed over the generations.

Betty Corwin Honored for Creating Lincoln Center’s Broadway Archive

Observer: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the whole Justice League would be advised to make a place in their number for an authentic hero of the arts. She may look like a mild-mannered, little-old-lady librarian, but, underneath, she’s really Betty Corwin.

Is the TV writers room facing its diversity problem? Playwrights raise the question

LA Times: Before she agreed to attend a Times photo shoot of playwrights working in television, Heidi Schreck asked her agent for information.

“I’m trying to get a little more context about the piece, particularly the level of diversity of the names presented. Are you interviewing any writers or showrunners of color?” her agent wrote the reporter by email, before listing some writers that immediately came to mind, including Carla Ching, Tracey Scott Wilson, Tanya Barfield, Dominique Morisseau, Tanya Saracho and Christopher Oscar Peña.

The 4 Redemption Narratives We Are Currently Using to Minimize This Sexual Harassment Hellscape

jezebel.com: “We shouldn’t close it off and say, ‘To hell with him, rot, and go away from us for the rest of your life.’ Let’s not do that. Let’s be bigger than that,” the actor Bryan Cranston recently said in an interview with the BBC. Cranston had been asked a hypothetical question about the return of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, two men whose abuses stand out, even in the Me Too moment, and his response was equally hypothetical. And yet, the question revealed that even in the middle of an ongoing reckoning with sexual harassment and assault, covering a range of industries, the narratives of second chances and redemption are already beginning to emerge.

PigPen troupe of CMU grads brings unique brand of music, magic to South Side

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: It was freshman year when seven Carnegie Mellon School of Drama students gathered to figure out how they might tell a compelling ghost story. They had a week before they would present that show to their peers in a festival called Playground — and they have been playing together ever since.

Scenes from the green room: Playwrights on why they thrive in TV

LA Times: What follows is a sampling of their thoughts about why television is such an artistically satisfying medium, why more and more of them keep flocking to it, what they have learned about themselves as artists in the process, and how balancing a life between theater and TV is a near-impossible challenge that they will never, ever give up on.

By the light of the silvery moon – a review of ‘The Old Man and the Old Moon”

'Burgh Vivant: After the Old Woman (Alex Falberg) takes off in the middle of the night, an Old Man (Ryan Melia) sets off on a perilous mission to find his wife in Pigpen Theatre Company’s lively, lyrical lullaby, “The Old Man and the Old Moon.”

In an ode to the moon, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, “Art thou pale for weariness, of climbing heaven and gazing on the earth? Wandering companionless among the stars that have a different birth, and ever changing a joyless eye that finds no object worth its constancy.”

Stage review: 'The Humans' dishes out comedy with familial discord at Pittsburgh Public Theater

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Thanksgiving came early — and also Christmas and any other family-gathering holiday on your immediate horizon. But Stephen Karam’s disarmingly titled “The Humans” at the Pittsburgh Public Theater is a Tony Award winner for Best Play. So clearly, for the three-generation Blake family, even with their honest-to-Betty Crocker, pungent, fresh-roasted turkey, this isn’t going to be a Norman Rockwell holiday.