Friday, February 29, 2008
Nolte, as local theater lovers know, had been the highlight of the Paris Las Vegas production of Mel Brooks' 'The Producers,' which closed Feb. 9. His role as crazed, pigeon-raising, Nazi-loving playwright Franz Liebkind nearly justified the huge admission price."
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Her 1952 drama 'The Mousetrap' is on the books as having the longest initial run of any play. London's West End production has been going on for almost 55 years."
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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Not for much longer."
Here are some candidates: 'basic,' 'routine,' 'dull.' But what if we asserted (with a great dramatic flourish) that your first associations should be 'lifesaving' and 'game changing'?
Yes, we really are that nerdy. But we mean it."
Carnegie Mellon trustees yesterday approved a tiered undergraduate pricing system that raises yearly tuition by 6 percent for entering students and 4 percent for those already enrolled."
"The locking pliers work like a Vise Grip—except that these automatically detect the thickness of the material you're lookin' to clamp, applying equal pressure whether it's fat, skinny, or anywhere in between."
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The Roundabout Theatre Company is in talks to produce Merrily during the 2009-10 season. James Lapine, who directed a well-received revision of the show at California's La Jolla Playhouse in 1985, would do the staging."
Monday, February 25, 2008
The union representing backstage workers who rig and run concerts and stage shows called off a planned picket after a last-minute deal with the company that manages the city-owned sports and entertainment centre."
Marianne Weems, artistic director of the Builder’s Association, a theatre company on the forefront of
She will give an hour long presentation followed by a thirty minute question and answer session on Tuesday, March 4th from 11:00-12:30 pm in the Rauh Studio Theatre.
Below is the web address for Marianne’s company should you be interested to take a look!http://www.thebuildersassociation.org/
2:00 World Drumming Presentation
Natalie Ozeas, Professor, Music and
Shawn VanMastrigt, High School Music Teacher and musicians from
2:30 Councilman Bill Peduto
3:00 Faculty and Staff Panel answers the question, “Why are you involved in community service/outreach activities?”
4:00 Student panel answers the question: “Why are you involved in community service/outreach activities?”
The goals for the event include:
ü To encourage Carnegie Mellon students to become involved in service learning courses, organizations and/or jobs that allow them to develop their own knowledge and skills while providing valuable support or education in the community.
ü To help Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff who are involved in community work learn about others who are also conducting programs in the community
ü To thank the local foundations and organizations in the community who support the efforts of Carnegie Mellon faculty, staff and student who work to improve the regionü To help government officials and members of the media learn about the numerous ways that Carnegie Mellon outreach and service learning activities impact individuals and organizations in the community
Carnegie Mellon School of Drama Focuses On the Dichotomy of Men and Women in 2008-2009 Season of Plays
"This season is truly a banquet of styles, eras, ideas and passions, which includes the first-ever staging of a Chinese play in our regular season, the creation of an original revue, three powerful political playwrights, and three serious feminists," Bradley said. "We will range from traditional realism and classical comedy to cutting-edge imagistic and physical staging."
The 2008-2009 season includes "The Other Shore" by Gao Xinjiang; "Into the Woods," a musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine; "The London Cuckolds," by Edward Ravenscroft, adapted by Terry Johnson; and "A Bite of Brecht," a collection of musical cabaret and spoken highlights from Brecht's repertoire.
Starting this season, students in the Production Dramaturgy Program will hold regular post-show talkbacks with the audience. The dramaturges are also available to discuss the plays with class, student groups and public organizations of any kind. Contact Dramaturgy Option Coordinator Michael Chemers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-268-2399 to schedule a session with a dramaturg.
Also, for behind-the-scenes discussions and analysis with directors and theater experts from the Pittsburgh community, check out Lab A6 at www.cmu.edu/cfa/labA6.html in the weeks around each play's performance dates.
All performances take place Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. More information about each production is listed below.
The School of Drama is one of the nation's most distinguished degree-granting theatre programs and is one of five schools within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts, a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs. Alumni of the School of Drama have appeared on television, Broadway, and in film, garnering many awards and accolades.
For additional information about the upcoming season or ticket purchases, contact the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407, noon to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information on the School of Drama or the College of Fine Arts, visit www.cmu.edu/cfa or contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email@example.com.
About the Performances
"The Other Shore," director to be announced Preview: Oct. 2; Opening: Oct. 3; Closing: Oct. 11. Chosky Theater Gao Xinjiang's plays have incited political debates around the world. After the government criticized his 1983 "Bus Stop" for being anti-socialist, Gao went into exile but returned in 1984. In 1986, "The Other Shore" was cancelled after a month of rehearsals at the prominent Beijing People's Art Theatre, forcing Gao to flee China again. Gao found success in the West as a playwright and dramaturg, winning the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature for the novel "Soul Mountain." Gao's theatre is powerfully actor-centered, almost dance-like with a heavy emphasis on physical strength and dexterity, acrobatics and tumbling, chanting, stylized movement and gesture, and instant transformations of character. The setting of his plays is scenically minimalist with integrated soundscapes which create a saturated and heightened visual world.
"Into the Woods," director to be announced Preview: Nov. 13; Opening: Nov. 14; Closing: Nov. 22. Chosky Theater The delicacy and agility of master lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim is brilliantly illustrated in this collaboration with James Lapine. Their spellbinding show has been enchanting audiences since 1986. Based on Bruno Bettleheim's book "The Uses of Enchantment," which put the Brothers Grimm on the psychoanalyst's couch, "Into the Woods" has an intricate structure and layered complexity often missing in Broadway musicals. The play twists the stories of Cinderella, Jack the Giant-Slayer, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel (along with a Witch, a Giant, his Wife, a magic cow, and a seductive Big Bad Wolf) into one extravagant master plot that enfranchises women in a way not typical of fairy tales.
"The London Cuckolds," directed by Don Wadsworth Preview: Feb. 19; Opening: Feb. 20; Closing: Feb. 28. Chosky Theater Originally penned by Restoration playwright Edward Ravenscroft in 1681, this fast-paced bedroom romp has been retooled for a modern sensibility by contemporary farceur-extraordinaire Terry Johnson. Johnson's genius has produced several plays that combine the refreshing directness of the 20th century with the authenticity of the 17th. The result here is a play that critics of its first production at the Royal National Theatre in 1998 called "frank, fresh, and fruity." In this raunchy, witty and ribald play, three husbands each claim that they have hit upon the most effective method of keeping a wife virtuous: the first relies on innocence, the second on wit and the third on piety. But three lusty rogues are out to prove them wrong, but the winsome wives turn the tables on their hapless husbands and brainless beaux.
"A Bite of Brecht" Preview: April 15; Opening: April 16; Closing: April 25. Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater Bertolt Brecht was arguably the most important director, playwright and dramaturg of the 20th century. His work proved to most critics that radical political drama, agitprop and nonrealistic, could nevertheless be intensely theatrical, literary, compelling and beautiful. He wrote plays, diaries, poetry, theoretical treatises and short stories. His collaboration with Kurt Weill had nearly as significant an impact on American popular music. The suggestion of Barbara MacKenzie Wood, herself a Brechtian actress and director, this project will be created collaboratively with Australian Brecht cabaret interpreter Robyn Archer and will combine highlights from Brecht's repertoire into an evening of powerful theatre.
The School of Drama will also offer the following plays directed by students. Tickets are free. "Heart of a Dog" by Mikhail Bulgakov: Nov. 5-7, John Wells Video Studio.
"Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl; Nov. 12-14, Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater. "Mill on the Floss" by Helen Edmundson: Dec. 3-Dec. 6, Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater. "It's Only Life," a compilation revue of songs by John Bucchino: Feb. 11-13, Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater.
"The Illusion," by Tony Kushner, an adaptation of Pierre Corneille: April 22-24, venue to be announced.
"Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" by Frank McGuiness: Performance dates and venue to be announced.
"The Father" by August Strindberg: Performance dates and venue to be announced.
"One Flea Spare" by Naomi Wallace: Performance dates and venue to be announced.
Please note: The Steve Kurtz lecture tonight has been moved to McConomy Auditorium in the University Center.
Tues., Feb. 19 5 p.m.
Steve Kurtz is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Critical Art Ensemble (CAE), a collective of tactical media practitioners of various specializations who explore the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. During preparations of Free Range Grain, Kurtz became embroiled in controversy and now faces federal charges of criminal mail and wire fraud with a potential sentence of up to 20 years.
Listen to dramaturg and senior Breanna Zwart, whose research carried her to Pittsburgh's Hill District as well as to many of the places August Wilson described in The Piano Lesson at link:
Tickets are still available by calling 412-268-2407.
Listen to David Wettergreen discusses his art installation at the Mattress Factory, which uses video from his robots exploration of the Atacama Desert in Chile. Heather Pesanti and Wettergreen delve into the psyches of artists and scientists and look for common and different traits. See link:
Sun., Feb. 24 5 p.m. Kresge Recital Hall Robert Page conducts the Carnegie Mellon choirs. The program features music for separate Robert Page conducts the Carnegie Mellon choirs. The program features music for separate male and female choirs and texts in several languages. __________________
The Institute for the Management of Creative Enterprises presents
MOVIES ON THE NET AND BEYOND MOTION PICTURE AND VIDEO COPYRIGHTS: WHO PAYS FOR WHAT, WHEN AND WHY? by Scott Sander President/CEO of SightSound Technologies Owner, Pense Productions
"a discussion of the current state of friction that exists between entertainment creators, distributors and consumers in light of the collapsing boundaries between communication technologies and entertainment distribution technologies."
Friday 29 February 2008 12.00n to 1.30p 1502 Hamburg Hall Carnegie Mellon University
Seating is limited in 1502 Hamburg! RSVP TODAY: http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/calendar/register.jsp?event_id=8939 ________________
The Carnegie Mellon School of Drama 2008 Winter New Play Festival continues Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 - Feb. 23
New Works Schedule:
PAST PERFECT/FUTURE TENSE By John-Paul Nickel Directed by Allegra Libonati Jan. 30, 8 PM Feb. 6, 8 PM Feb. 1 4 PM Feb. 8, 8 PM Feb. 2 8 PM Feb. 9, 2 PM
TIGHTROPE By Rob Smith Directed by Max Montel Jan. 31, 8 PM Feb. 7, 8 PM Feb. 1, 8 PM Feb. 8, 4 PM Feb. 2, 2 PM Feb. 9, 8 PM
GRAE MATTERS By Carol J. Godart Directed by Kate Pines Feb. 13, 8 PM Feb. 20, 8 PM Feb. 15, 4 PM Feb. 22, 8 PM Feb. 16, 8 PM Feb. 23, 2 PM
FATIS LAST DANCE By France-Luce Benson Directed by Dana Friedman Feb. 14, 8 PM Feb. 21, 8 PM Feb. 15 8 PM Feb. 22, 4 PM Feb. 16 2 PM Feb. 23, 8 PM
Admission is FREE. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at the door 1 hour before performance. John Wells Studio Theatre. Purnell Center for the Arts. For more information contact Rob Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
and Head of the Graduate Dramatic Writing Program has decided to retire
from the faculty of the School of Drama following the conclusion of the
2008/2009 academic year.
After a distinguished career in the professional theatre as writer and
administrator, and serving as Chair of the Playwriting program at Yale,
Professor Stitt came to Carnegie Mellon University in 1997 as a visiting
faculty member. In 1998 he accepted a permanent appointment to the
faculty to anchor the program in Dramatic Writing. Functioning as the
sole faculty member in this area, the stature of the Dramatic Writing
program has grown markedly under his stewardship. Impressive
partnerships with the Sloan and Shubert Foundations, a rotation of
impressive industry guests, and outstanding support for new work
development have produced significant positive results. He has impacted
a generation of playwrights and screenwriters, and built a program
acknowledged as one of the best in the country.
Though a transition plan is in place for next year, and I know we'll all
maximize the value of the coming months with Milan as we wish him well
for the next golden -- perhaps Spanish -- chapter!
Fox Sports NASCAR Daytona 500 Coverage Features CMU’s Synthetic Interview Technology
The Daytona 500 is the inaugural race of the annual NASCAR season and arguably one of the most famous sporting events in
Fox Sports had expressed interest in using the Synthetic Interview technology for Daytona 500 coverage, but sought additional capabilities from the technology that did not exist. This initiative fell perfectly within the purview of an
The Synthetic Interview Project team, comprised of ETC students Howard Kim, Kelsey Livingston, Laura Lantz, Tsung-han Lee, and Krishna Pandravada, and ETC faculty supervisors Shirley Saldamarco and Scott Stevens, commenced a whirlwind effort to create the test site for Fox Sports in time for the February 17 Daytona 500 race. Fox Sports took care of interviewing, filming, and editing the raw footage, but the ETC team was responsible for integrating these video assets into the Synthetic Interview technology. Fox Sports then delighted the ETC team by announcing that Home Depot would serve as the site sponsor and would go under the name of “Ask the Pros.” The website URL is www.foxsports.com/askthepros and the expectation is that the site will not only remain live but be updated continually. Scroll down on the Home Depot “Ask the Pros” website and you will see the Carnegie Mellon and ETC logo.
“This might be the quickest that any ETC project team has seen its hard work translate into national exposure,” said ETC Executive Producer Don Marinelli. “We are barely passed quarter presentations and here on national television we have Fox Sports asking its millions of viewers in 150 countries to access a website created by ETC students. That is rather amazing.”
According to Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times, “After moving far beyond its Southern roots years ago, NASCAR continues to soar in nationwide popularity and is on the verge of spreading to an even broader, international audience.” Peltz goes on to say, “NASCAR, once derided as a passion mostly for "rednecks," is now a sophisticated, multibillion-dollar enterprise that claims about 75 million fans including many of pop culture's glitterati and ranks among the nation's most popular sports in attendance and television viewership.”
One thing for sure is that NASCAR has won over five ETC students and two faculty members whose hard work and dedication have made the 2008 Daytona 500 an international event enhanced by technology developed and refined right here at Carnegie Mellon.
Tickets available at 412-621-4445
Cast includes Robert Haley (presently teaching Voice 1 A, B for spring 08), Sheila McKenna and Jarrod Di Giorgi.
Sound: Joe Pino, Voice/Dialect/ AT coach; Janet Madelle Feindel
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
She's a guest worker in Pittsburgh, where August Wilson's plays began. She's an experienced director, directing a Wilson play for the first time -- and not just any play but the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'The Piano Lesson,' in which she once acted at the country's leading black theater. And she's doing this at Carnegie Mellon, which lavishes more resources and support on her students than she can quite believe."
It's a completely new musical with a score of original tunes that pays loving homage to song-and-dance shows from the 1920s and '30s such as 'No, No, Nanette,' 'Oh, Kay,' 'Flying High' and 'Girl Crazy.'"
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008