Whether it’s Shakespeare or Albee, these tips will help make the lines stick.
Programming for a Vision
By Matt Powers
Here at LiFT we don’t always have a plan. We have few foundation shows that recur every year, like our Mac Blac series for the Little Falls Cheese Festival, and our Shakespeare in the Park style shows in the summer. The rest of the year we do sporadic projects, or are asked to perform at various venues. It is unpredictable, good fun. Though we do not have a formal “season” yet, we still create shows and theatrical experiences around a collective vision.
Loosely speaking, we create quality, grass-roots theater. We are transients, and have no official theater to call home. We utilize our community resources to create unique experiences and use unconventional spaces. More specifically, our focus is two-fold, and we produce original work and non-copyrighted plays. Actually, the bulk of what we do is original work. Our community has many talents. We like to draw them out.
So we have Immersive Murder Mystery, theatrical teas, dress in costume for events, be characters for fundraisers, and all other manner of niche opportunities. We have been places we thought we’d never be, met people we thought we’d never meet, and have found new avenues and need for theater.
Though, we could always do better, and David Dower has a wonderful essay titled “How a Season Comes Together,” that is worth a read. Also, here is an article about five new Artistic Directors grappling with a similar, interesting challenge. For all you theater practitioners out there, knowing the big picture, and how a large vision shapes a season, can be incredibly useful for creating unique, powerful, and thematic years.
Theater and Empathy
While it may be obvious to many lovers of theater, but this woman is working towards how theater can grow empathy. Check out her article on HowlRound here.
A Great List
Need women playwrights? Here is a list of 100 plays written by women. Heck, let’s add two more: Angela Harris and Cindy Quackenbush!
Focus on: Directors
Playbill has a new story directors in theater history. While our director is good, he has nothing on these guys!
She Just Can’t Contain Herself!
Mohawk Valley Girl has another post about The Tempest. It is lengthy and funny, and, you’ve been warned, there are spoilers in it. So if you don’t mind the spoilers, you get to read all about her part and duties in our play.
Act on Gonzalo! Act on. Huzzah!
Mohawk Valley Girl is at it again! Here's her recent blog post about our show!
Worth the Watch
The American Theater Wing has a new series on working in the theater. This episode is focused on playwriting. It is certainly worth the time to watch!
Something to Aspire To
Now here is a Shakespeare Festival that has its act together! Oregon is near the top of the list of the best Shakespeare in the world. Certainly a worthy role model!
We all knew that theater and other collaborative arts provide numerous benefits. We're happy the New York Times has caught on to that idea with this article. Enjoy!