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Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are Dead

Moscow Theater Rebels, Husband and Wife, Are DeadImageMikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina in Tsarskoye Selo, near St. Petersburg, in 2000. Together they founded Teatr.doc, a Moscow theater company that presented shockingly raw accounts of life in post-Soviet Russia.CreditAleksandr GalibinBy Sophia Kishkovsky June 8, 2018MOSCOW — In the early 2000s, Mikhail Ugarov and Elena Gremina, playwrights who were husband and wife, were lamenting that Russian theater had grown ossified and distant from society’s problems a decade after the fall of the Soviet empire. Then, sparked by an encounter with the Royal Court Theater of London, they set about trying to change that. As part of a cultural exchange with the Londoners, they learned about documentary theater — the use of interviews, oral history and journalistic sources to create works for the stage. Ms. Gremina and Mr. Ugarov embraced the technique, brought it to Moscow and in 2002 established Teatr.doc, a theater company that presented shockingly..

John Lithgow Set for Carnegie Hall Candide Benefit Concert

John Lithgow is set for Candide at Carnegie Hall. (© David Gordon)Carnegie Hall has announced that its one-night-only benefit concert performance of Leonard Bernstein's Candide on April 18 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage will star Paul Appleby in the title role of Candide alongside Erin Morley as Cunegonde, Patricia Racette as the Old Lady, William Burden as Governor, and John Lithgow as Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss. The musical is presented with full orchestra, cast, and ensemble, and is a gala benefit providing support for the artistic and music education programs of Carnegie Hall. Gary Griffin (Honeymoon in Vegas) directs the concert production with Rob Fisher as musical director, conducting Orchestra of St. Luke's and Mansfield University Concert Choir, and choreographer Joshua Bergasse (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Remaining cast members will be announced at a later date. Additional creative personnel include costume designer Tracy Christensen, lighting designer Alan ..

Parkland theater kids perform ‘Seasons of Love’ at the 2018 Tony Awards

Approximately four months after a school shooting devastated their community, a handful of theater kids from Parkland, Florida, took the stage at the 2018 Tony Awards, performing an emotional "Seasons of Love" from the musical "Rent." "Please join me in showing your love for the members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama department," actor Matt Morrison of "Glee," said as he welcomed the students to the Tony Awards stage Sunday evening. Melody Herzfeld, the drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was honored at the award show with the "Excellence in Theatre Education Award." In the wake of the tragedy that rocked her community when a gunman opened fire at the school on Valentine's Day, killing 17 people, Herzfeld helped her students to recover from the trauma through music, arts, and theater. She also supported the student's movements for gun reform that garnered nationwide attention. Moreover, Herzfeld has been credited with saving the l..

New Chazen Art Museum director brings industrial Midwest …

Amy Gilman has lived in Madison only a few months — but will likely become one of the more visible faces in the city’s art world. Gilman became the director of the Chazen Art Museum of UW-Madison in September, succeeding longtime director Russell Panczenko, who retired last summer. Formerly deputy director of the Toledo Museum of Art, Gilman now commutes to work by bus from her home in Madison’s Faircrest neighborhood, where she lives with her husband, Doug Patterson, a stay-at-home parent, and 3-year-old son Brice. One of the city’s cultural gems, the Chazen Museum of Art has a bold presence at 750 University Ave. The museum’s collection consists of some 20,000 works of art, from ancient to modern. Admission is free. The Chazen also hosts events such as live music, tours, community events and classic film series. Gilman, 48, spent her initial months in Madison mostly meeting people and getting input on the Chazen and its relationship to the community. Those conversations will help her..

Art Around the County 01.11.18

MONTEREY PENINSULA ART FOUNDATION GALLERY, 425 Cannery Row, Monterey. mpaf.org, 655-1267. +2 “Dance of the Flowers,” by Anna Krieger. Creative Horizons is a group exhibit opening Jan. 13. Viewable daily 11am-5pm until April 8. WINFIELD GALLERY, Dolores between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel. 624-3369, winfieldgallery.com +2 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA “M Ms,” by Karen Shapiro. Shapiro’s Oversized Ceramics are still viewable 11am-5pm Mon-Sat and noon-5pm Sun. PACIFIC GROVE ART CENTER, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. 375-2208, pgartcenter.org +2 “Bridal Veil Falls,” by Bonnie L. Tucker. A gala and reception for the PGAC’s new exhibits happens Jan. 12, from 7-9pm. Let's block ads! (Why?)

Dick Van Dyke Star Rose Marie Dies at 94

Rose Marie, best known for playing Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, died on Thursday at the age of 94. (© CBS Television / Wikimedia Commons)Rose Marie, television star known for her roles in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Doris Day Show, died on December 28 at the age of 94 in Van Nuys, California. To Broadway audiences, she is remembered for appearances in Top Banana and Fun City. Born in New York City, Rose Marie began her entertainment career at the age of three when she started performing under the name Baby Rose Marie. She quickly became a popular radio personality for NBC and had the distinction of performing for presidents Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. As a young actress, she starred in some of the earliest talkies, including the 1929 short Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder, which played in theaters before feature films like The Jazz Singer. She made her Broadway debut in 1951 in Top Banana, a musical comedy featuring a score by Johnny Merce..

The Joyce Theater's Latest Hire Comes From Deep in the Dance World

Advertisement Aaron Mattocks, a Bessie Award-nominated dancer and producer who has worked with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Big Dance Theater, will be the Joyce Theater’s next director of programming, the organization announced on Thursday. Mr. Mattocks will start on Feb. 1 and succeeds Martin Wechsler, who led the theater’s programming for 22 years before stepping down at the end of last year. “After an extensive search that produced several wonderfully talented candidates, I am extremely confident that we have identified the best person for the position,” Linda Shelton, the Joyce’s executive director, said in a statement. “Aaron’s multilayered background as a dancer, artist and administrator is sure to enhance our programming on many levels.” Mr. Mattocks is the executive director of Big Dance Theater, the troupe led by the artistic directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar. He has also worked with Ms. Parson on her choreography for the film “Ricki and the Flash,” starring Meryl Str..

Shelter dog steals spotlight in 'Of Mice and Men'

KOCAELİA shelter dog, adopted by the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality City Theaters, has become a theater artist in ‘of Mice and Men.’ She will also play in the theater’s future projects. A dog, which had been found sick on the street by the Kocaeli Municipality animal shelter teams and adopted by the Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality City Theaters after a treatment process, has become a theater artist. The dog, named Boncuk, has started a new life in theater and has recently been given a role in John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” as Dolares. Speaking to the state-run Anadolu Agency, Kocaeli City Theaters’ general art director Fatih Sevdi said the former dog in the play had to be replaced for particular reasons. They then decided to adopt a dog from the shelter, he said. “It will be good for both of us. Boncuk has created a warm atmosphere in the theater from the beginning. She was a bit weak when she came. Stray dogs and shelter dogs have suffered trauma. This is why everyone has wel..

Ann McDonough Replaces Dana Ivey in Joshua Harmon's Admissions

Josh Harmon is the author of Admissions. (© David Gordon)Ann McDonough (Dinner at Eight) has replaced the previously announced Dana Ivey in Joshua Harmon's Admissions, which is set to begin previews February 15 and open on March 12 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. The new play is directed by Daniel Aukin. In addition to McDonough, the cast will feature Ben Edelman (Significant Other), Andrew Garman (Salome), Jessica Hecht (The Price), and Sally Murphy (August: Osage County). In Admissions, Sherri Rosen-Mason (Hecht) is head of the admissions department at the Hillcrest School, fighting to diversify the student body. And alongside her husband (Garman), the school's headmaster, they've largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the 21st century. But when their only son (Edelman) sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values. The show will have sets by Riccardo Hernandez, costumes by Toni-Leslie James, lightin..

'Human Flow' to open at Cinema Art Theater Dec. 15

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society's Cinema Art Theater will present "Human Flow," an epic film journey led by internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei. "Human Flow" gives breathtaking visual expression to the massive human migration currently taking place across the world. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe. "Human Flow" comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will the global society emerge from fear, isolation and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom and respect for humanity? Screening times are 4 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15; 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16; 3 p.m., Sunday..

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