Influenced: Playwrights and directors recall the one who got them here

“I learned it by watching you!” a 1980s anti-drug PSA once accused. Why artists make the work they do is an existential query no amount of bloviation could ever fully answer — no tolerable amount of blovation, at any rate.  But recalling who inspired them to devote their lives to the often lonely, financially uncertain […]

Different Angle, Different Play: Cry Old Kingdom‘s mysterious McGuffin

One idea that Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah returned to repeatedly in the panel of Humana Festival play directors he moderated on Friday afternoon is that in the theater, a director’s work is often invisible. He’s right: The image in the collective imagination of a filmmaker peering through a lens slung around his neck […]

Words as Music: Sleep Rock Thy Brain and the haste of old age

Sleep Rock Thy Brain, the Humana Festival’s arresting trio of sleep-disorder themed one-act plays using stage flight effects — yep, another entry in that hoary old genre!  — was commissioned for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2012-3 Acting Apprentice Company.  No one in the large cast looks a minute older than maybe 25 , though […]