Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Talking about Twelfth Night

This morning, we recorded a podcast with three women who are directing versions of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in NYC in October and November. The directors are: Cat Parker, whose steampunk-influenced production opens at T. Schreiber Studio this week; Cara Reichel, whose musical Illyria (co-written with Peter Mills, presented by Prospect Theater Company) begins performances on Oct 18; and Rebecca Patterson, whose all-female production for The Queens Company starts in November.

We had a fascinating conversation! It's the mark of the play's brilliance that each of these talented directors can find so much that's different to focus on in their respective productions. You'll be able to hear what they have to say when the podcast goes live, this coming Sunday night (October 12).

I myself will be talking about Twelfth Night on Thursday, October 16 -- I'll be moderating a talkback after the 8:00pm performance that evening at T. Schreiber Studio. Cat and members of her cast will join me to discuss their work with the audience.

I have done several talkbacks at Schreiber -- How I Learned to Drive, You Can't Take It With You, Sister Cities, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile are some of the other shows where I've moderated discussions following the show. I love doing these, because the actors and directors always have such interesting insights to offer, and because audience members are so engaged and involved and come up with amazing questions and comments.

You can learn more about Twelfth Night at Schreiber here. I hope some of you will attend the performance on October 16 and participate in our talkback!

One other piece of T. Schreiber Studio news: Sister Cities, which had its NYC premiere at the Studio last fall, will be included in Plays and Playwrights 2009. We've just posted a photo gallery about the new anthology; check it out.

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