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					                                               OFF-BROADWAY ‘08: ICONOCLASTS
                                               Part Two of our 2008 Season Preview by Isaac Butler

                                               Buried in the standard-issue fare that dots the ‘08/’09 season sits a treasure trove
                                               of iconoclastic works waiting to be discovered Off-Broadway. From the debuts of
                                               startling new voices to provocative revisionist takes on the classics, the new season
                                               is chockablock with opportunities to experience distinctive theatre.

                                               If new plays are your thing, the calendar is positively saturated. Peter Brook, often
                                               hailed as the greatest living theatre director in the world, is coming to New York
                                               Theatre Workshop in November with The Grand Inquisitor, a new adaptation of The
                                               Brothers Karamazov. The Civilians, the acclaimed ensemble who have taken New
                    october 2008               York by storm in the last few seasons, will open This Beautiful City—about the rise of
                          volume XVII No. 2    Christian fundamentalism in Colorado Springs—at The Vineyard this winter. Mean-
                                               while, two of America’s hottest up-and-coming playwrights have high-profile new
LAURA BENANTI HOSTS                            premieres. Noah Haidle’s Saturn Returns is coming to Lincoln Center Theatre in Oc-
                                               tober; directed by Williamstown artistic director Nicholas Martin, it follows a man
FALL FESTIVITIES                               (played by three actors) dealing with pivotal moments in his life...and three women,
                                               all played by Rosie Benton. Across town, Itamar Moses will return to Manhattan
by Roger Calderon
                                               Theatre Club, where his play The Four of Us was produced last season. This time, he’ll
                                               be tackling steroids in baseball with the help of director Daniel Aukin in his new
A cherished Drama League tradition and         play Back Back Back.
one of the most exciting member events
of the year, FALL FESTIVITIES—the an-          Three lucky writers will enjoy multiple premieres this season. Craig Lucas, who in re-
nual private concert previewing the            cent seasons has been a Broadway fixture (The Light in the Piazza, Prelude To A Kiss), will
season’s newest musicals, sung by cast         have two debuts off-Broadway. First up: A Prayer for My Enemy at Playwrights Horizons,
members from each show—will be held                                                                                           continued on page 2
on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 6pm.
2008 Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti
(Gypsy), will serve as emcee for the event,
which will be held at the Metropolitan
Room, one of New York City’s premiere
cabaret spaces. To reserve tickets, please
use the enclosed order form or call (212)
244-9494 ext. 5.

At press time, FALL FESTIVITIES had al-
ready lined up performances from 13:
The Musical, Pal Joey, A Tale of Two Cities,
Sessions, White Christmas and more; addi-
tional musicals will be added in the com-
ing weeks, with updates posted in the
Members Area at www.dramaleague.org.
                                                 Bruce Myers in the title role of Peter Brook’s The Grand Inquisitor, which will make its North
Celebrating the fifth anniversary of FALL        American debut at New York Theatre Workshop later this season. Photo: Tristram Kenton.
FESTIVITIES, the event will now move to
the elegant confines of New York’s award-
winning Metropolitan Room. The cabaret         MEMBER BENEFITS TAKE CENTER STAGE AT
                                               DRAMALEAGUE.ORG
has developed a buzzworthy reputation
over the last year, presenting concerts
by many of Broadway’s best, including          by Rebecca Panfile
Christine Ebersole, Euan Morton, and
Tom Wopat.                                     New plays and musicals aren’t the only exciting new offerings to members this sea-
                                               son! The Drama League’s website, www.dramaleague.org, has begun a major over-
Ticket prices for FALL FESTIVITIES, which      haul that will expand the value, ease, and flexibility for members to take advantage
is available exclusively to Drama League       of benefits and services.
members and their guests, are $60 and
$45 (plus a two drink minimum). Seating        “In addition to our telephone service, concierge benefits and monthly newslet-
is limited, so please reserve seats early.     ters, we’ve begun a process to give members direct access via the internet,” said
Performances are subject to change.                                                                                           continued on page 2
                                                        BENEFITS AT DRAMALEAGUE.ORG continued
                                                        Gabriel Shanks, Co-Executive Director. “It’s an exciting time—one that will make
                                                        membership an even better experience.” Responding to many requests, Drama
                                                        League members can now join, renew or edit their memberships directly online.
                                                        An online log-in system can be accessed for membership in the left-hand naviga-
                                                        tion bar of the website; friends and family can also join for the first time at this link.

                                                        In the Members Area of www.dramaleague.org, members can now find expanded
                                                        listings of each month’s discounted performances and special events. As they sell out,
                                                        performances are removed from the page, giving members an at-a-glance snapshot
                                                        of what remains available at any given time. Additional “bonus” offerings can be
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Jano Herbosch                             President
Roger T. Danforth             Co-Executive Director     Members wishing to attend upcoming special events (including The Drama League
Gabriel J. Shanks             Co-Executive Director
Isaac Butler, Roger Calderon, J.J. Keyes,               Presents..., The Holiday Luncheon, DirectorFest and The Drama League Awards)
Jeff Lewonczyk, MaryBeth Makara,                        will be able to reserve seats online as those events approach; currently, mem-
Charles Nelson, Rebecca Panfile        Contributors     bers can reserve seats for November’s Fall Festivities at The Metropolitan Room.
                                                                                                                                        continued on page 5



OFF-BROADWAY ‘08: ICONOCLASTS continued
starring Spring Awakening’s Jonathan Groff and Piazza’s Tony winner, Victoria Clark, in a story about the tensions lurking in an
American family. In the spring, The Public will present The Singing Forest, which braids together three different generations of a
family and rockets back and forth between present-day America, 1930s Vienna and Post-WWII Paris. Barlett Sher (South Pacific)
will direct both productions. Stephen Belber, a writer who always seems just on the verge of a major breakthrough, will begin his
premieres at Rattestick Playwrights Theatre with Geometry of Fire, about a Saudi-American man investigating his father’s mysterious
death in Washington, D.C. (Naked Angels is currently presenting Belber’s Fault Lines, a dark comedy about a boys’ night out that
goes horribly awry, starring Josh Lucas and directed by David Schwimmer). Finally, Shelia Callaghan, one of America’s most con-
sistently fearless new voices, will see 13P produce Crawl, Fade to White and Rattlestick present That Pretty Pretty or The Rape Play.

It wouldn’t be Off-Broadway without some daring, controversial works to sample, and this season is no exception. Blasted, the late
Sarah Kane’s play about war and sexual violence, has been alternately praised and condemned since its debut in 1995 at the Royal
Court. New York audiences will finally get a chance to make up their own minds when Soho Rep premieres the show. At the BAM
Next Wave Festival, Flemish director Ivo Van Hove—notorious for his radical reinterpretations of Tennessee Williams, Moliere and
Henrik Ibsen—will take on cinematic bad boy John Cassavetes when he adapts the film Opening Night for the stage.

Bypassing Broadway entirely, three high-profile musicals are coming to Off-Broadway this season. John Patrick Shanley (Doubt)
and Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls) debut Romantic Poetry this month at MTC, featuring Mark Linn-Baker in a story of star-crossed love
in New York City. In May, MCC Theater will produce Coraline, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s best-selling children’s novel, with music
and book by Magnetic Fields’ frontman Stephin Merritt and downtown superstar David Greenspan. Of course, the biggest story in
musical theater this season is Stephen Sondheim’s new musical Road Show at The Public. It’s changed titles (Bounce, Wise Guys), di-
rectors and theatres many times; finally, audiences will see the finished product, helmed by John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company).

While last year saw revivals by everyone from Moliere to Caryl Churchill, this year features some lesser-known, largely-forgotten
authors. Signature Theatre Company is presenting three plays originally produced by the Negro Ensemble Company; none of these
plays are staples of the American theatrical diet, even though Charles Fuller (whose play Zooman and the Sign will be presented in
the Spring) is a Pulitzer winner. The Mint Theatre Company, which has made its name presenting “neglected classics,” will present
The Widowing of Mrs. Holyroyd by an author not usually regarded as a playwright: D.H. Lawrence. In their Off-Broadway theatre
(The Laura Pels), Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting Streamers, the searing war drama by David Rabe, which follows four
soldiers in Virginia in 1965 waiting to deploy to Vietnam. Finally, Classic Stage Company is producing a version of the Oresteia trans-
lated by acclaimed poet Anne Carson and created by Big Dance Theater’s Paul Lazar and Annie-B Parson.

The mix of controversial artists, well known heavyweights, distinctive newcomers and canon-challenging revivals ensures audi-
ences a year filled with a heady mix of iconoclastic, inventive theatre Off-Broadway.
                                               Isaac Butler is a director and writer based in Brooklyn. He maintains the popular theatrical blog Parabasis.
NEWS OF THE RIALTO                                                                THE REGIONAL REPORT
by Charles Nelson                                                                 by Jeffrey James Keyes

CASEY AT THE BAT: No Drowsy Chaperone, that Casey Nich-                           Perhaps an autumnal road trip is in order? As fall creeps into
olaw; there are so many projects on the director-choreog-                         Minnesota, Mixed Blood Theatre Company* is offering Ja-
rapher’s plate, it’s practically a lazy Susan. Currently he’s di-                 son Grote’s 1001, the postmodern Arabian Nights epic about
recting David Rasche and Jan Maxwell in To Be Or Not To Be,                       the cultural narratives that shape our lives. Performances run
which will world-premiere October 14 at Broadway’s newly-                         from October 30-November 23 (mixedblood.com). Travel a
christened Friedman Theatre (nee the Biltmore). It comes,                         little to the southeast, and there’s Milwaukee Chamber The-
of course, from Ernst Lubitsch’s comedy which paired Jack                         atre* favorite Jacque Troy, taking a stab at the challenging
Benny with Carole Lombard as “the Lunts of Poland” play-                          lead role in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole from Octo-
ing footsy with the Nazis. An audacious and hilarious antic, its                  ber 16-November 2 (chamber-theatre.com). From there, it’s a
cult-classic status was slow-to-show because it reached the                       pleasant drive down to Chicago, where Lookingglass The-
movie marketplace a mere month after Lombard perished                             atre Company* is mounting a world premiere adaptation of
in a plane crash....When that’s up and at ‘em, Nicholaw shifts                    Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, written and directed by
to Minsky’s for its Ahmanson lift-off in Los Angeles (January                     Heidi Stillman, revving up October 15 (lookingglasstheatre.
21-March 1). The Charles Strouse-Susan Birkenhead-Bob                             org). Treat yourself to a cross-town bonus at American The-
Martin musical is prompted by the 1968 flick The Night They                       ater Company*, where celebrity row by Itamar Moses runs
Raided Minsky’s (which Strouse also scored). The Tony winner                      from October 16-November 9 (atcweb.org).
they’ve tapped to star in the show is a big secret, because he
has a TV pilot that may or may                                                                                         Up for more traveling? Native
not go, but his initials are N.L.B. .                                                                                  son Michael Tisdale tells the sto-
. . Once that’s moved from L.A. to                                                                                     ries of the 22 Marines from Ohio’s
Broadway, Nicholaw will make-                                                                                          325 Battalion who lost their lives
over another movie: 1964’s Robin                                                                                       in Iraq in the Cleveland Public
and the 7 Hoods (i.e., Sinatra, The                                                                                    Theater* premiere of Goldstar,
Rat Pack and Crosby—in Prohi-                                                                                          Ohio running October 16 to No-
bition-era Chicago.) The show is                                                                                       vember 8 (cptonline.org). The
being “fast-tracked” to Broadway                                                                                       Dallas Theater Center* debuts
and should be arriving the sea-                                                                                        Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Good
son after Minsky’s.                                                                                                    Negro October 15-November 9
                                                                                                                       (dallastheatercenter.org). If Jane
REGROUPINGS FOR BROAD-                                                                                                 Austen is more your speed, head
                                        Dennis Boutsikaris, Laurie Metcalf and JoBeth Williams in Jane Anderson’s
WAY?: There are rialto rumblings        The Quality of Life. Courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse and Michael Lamont.      south to the Actors Theatre of
that last spring’s Off-Broadway                                                                                        Louisville*, where Jon Jory’s
success Rafta, Rafta will start                                                                                        Pride and Prejudice runs thru No-
nesting at the Walter Kerr as soon as The Seagull finishes its                        vember 8 (actorstheatre.org).
14-week flight over Broadway (October 2-December 21). If so,
the excellent all-Indian cast that The New Group assembled                            Baltimore may not be the best place to catch autumn in ac-
for the much-applauded U.S. premiere last May will check                              tion, but there’ll be fireworks at CenterStage* (centerstage.
in as well. An Olivier Award winner for Best New Comedy of                            org) with Edward Albee’s classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia
2008, it is an Indian rewrite of All in Good Time, a 1963 play                        Woolf? directed by Ethan McSweeny. Performances run from
by Alfie author Bill Naughton about a working-class couple’s                          October 22-November 30. Up in New Haven, Liz Diamond
stumbling start at marriage. The original British opus put in                         is orchestrating some laughs with Happy Now? at Yale Rep*
44 performances on Broadway in 1965, but a fine film was                              (yalerep.org). October 24-November 15.
made of it a year later starring John and Hayley Mills and
Hywel Bennett and featuring a straight (and haunting) musi-                           If you’d prefer to avoid the seasonal change entirely, Cali-
cal score by Paul McCartney. Retitled for mass consumption,                           fornia’s South Coast Rep* (scr.org) is presenting The Heiress
it misrepresented itself as The Family Way.                                           (October 17-November 16), and American Conservatory
                                                                                      Theater* of San Francisco is teaming up with L.A.’s Geffen
THE RIGHT LANE: All that buzz about bringing City Center’s                            Playhouse for Jane Anderson’s The Quality of Life. This pro-
recent Damn Yankees to Broadway went cold when Sean                                   duction features Laurie Metcalf, JoBeth Williams, and Den-
Hayes opted to bail out after the limited run (despite the go-                        nis Boutsikaris from October 24-November 23 (act-sf.org).
go-go encouragement of critics). But a few die-hard mon-
eybags are pursuing other silly Satans. Topping the list—it’s                         * Discounts are available at the box office to Drama League members
                                                                                      with a valid membership card. For more discounts, see “Theatre Excel-
dream casting, but they can dream, can’t they?—is Nathan
                                                                                      lence” in the Members Area of www.dramaleague.org.
Lane, who reportedly has another stage commitment. The
                                                     continued on page 5
                                                                                                         Jeffrey James Keyes has written for Metrosource,
                                                                                                                         Out Traveler and The Advocate.
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concert previewing the sea-            VIP Seats: $60.00 each                                                    revival featuring Tony winners              Orchestra Seats:
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                                                                                                                                                         Friday, February 13 • 8pm
Winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy)                                                                                     Stockard Channing (Six De-
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from 13, Pal Joey, A Tale of Two                                                                                 song-and-dance man charms
Cities, White Christmas and      ________ x $45.00 = ______________                                              a rich, married older woman...
more! (2 drink min. not includ-                                                                                  and gets more than he bargained for! Classic songs include and “I
ed. Shows subject to change.)                                                                                    Could Write A Book” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.”

ROMANTIC POETRY A NEW MUSICAL                                                                                    AMERICAN BUFFALO
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thor of Moonstruck and the                                                                                       terpiece is the story of three
                                       Front/Mid Orchestra Seats:                                                                                                Orchestra Seats:
Tony-nominated composer of                $85.00 $68.00 each                                                     desperate men, one rare coin...
                                                                                                                                                             $116.50 $87.00 each
Dreamgirls comes this crackpot          Tuesday, December 9 • 7pm                                                and a plan to rip it off. Street-       Wednesday, December 17 • 8pm
musical romance about missed           Saturday, December 13 • 2pm                                               savvy Teach (John Leguizamo)
opportunities, second chances,                                                                                   schemes and spars with junk-        ________ x $87.00 = ______________
                                  ________ x $68.00 = ______________
and the unexpected side ef-                                                                                      shop owner Donny (Cedric the
fects of love, starring Mark              Rear Orchestra Seats:                                                  Entertainer) before enlisting
Linn-Baker (A Funny Thing                 $85.00 $29.00 each                                                     Bobby (Haley Joel Osment), a slow-witted young delinquent, to carry
Happened...). Star-crossed love         Tuesday, December 9 • 7pm                                                out their robbery. A comedic, banter-fueled heist and a heartbreaking
is in the air...along with disap- ________ x $29.00 = ______________                                             portrait of small-time criminals, Mamet’s brilliant, rapid-fire dialogue will
proving exes, Little Italy, and a                                                                                be directed in this Broadway thriller by two-time Tony winner Robert
most mischievous Cupid!                                                                                          Falls (Death of a Salesman).

DIVIDING THE ESTATE                                                                                              A PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY
Booth Theatre • 222 West 45th Street                                                                             Playwrights Horizons • 416 West 42nd Street
Broadway legends are on dis-                                                                                     It’s a hell of a night—Austin’s
play in this arresting drama                                                                                     falling off the wagon, Billy’s
from Horton Foote, one of             Friday, December 19 • 8pm                                                  back from Iraq, Marianne’s up-               Orchestra Seats:
America’s leading dramatists                                                                                     set about her marriage, and               $65.00 $42.00 each
                                Orchestra Seats: $96.50 $78.00 each                                                                                      Thursday, December 4 • 8pm
“considered the Chekhov of                                                                                       the Red Sox are battling the
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small-town America.” His ac-    ________ x $78.00 = ______________                                               Yankees for the 2004 AL title.
claimed comedy about a fam-                                                                                      As secrets drag a family into its  ________ x $42.00 = ______________
ily confronting its cunning        Mezzanine Seats: $42.00 each                                                  final reckoning, this new clas-
and hypocrisy includes the                                                                                       sic by Craig Lucas (Prelude to
astounding Elizabeth Ash-       ________ x $42.00 = ______________                                               a Kiss), starring Victoria Clark
ley (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and                                                                                  (The Light in the Piazza) and Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, Hair),
Penny Fuller(A New Brain).                                                                                       becomes a pæan to our age and the grace to share common ground.
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above. Seats are assigned according to membership level. Specific seat assignments are not available until approximately two weeks prior to the performance, when tickets are mailed first-class to members.
BEYOND BROADWAY                                                           Returning to names spoken in reverent tones by theater folk,
                                                                          consider British director Peter Brook, whose 1968 text The
by Jeffrey A. Lewonczyk                                                   Empty Space is required reading in theater classes worldwide.
                                                                          Now based in Paris, Brook only brings productions to the Unit-
October is a big month for Big Names...Off-Broadway, that is. In          ed States once every few years, with tickets selling out fast. This
one of the most anticipated New York premieres of recent years,           year, New York Theater Workshop and Theatre for a New Audi-
Stephen Sondheim’s long-developing musical Road Show will                 ence will be presenting Brook’s The Grand Inquisitor, a solo ad-
begin performances at the Public Theater starting on October              aptation of the most famous section of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s
28. Musical-theater buffs are familiar with the show’s circuitous         epic novel The Brothers Karamazov (an excerpt that also hap-
history, which seems to reflect the misadventures of its sub-             pens to be Laura Bush’s favorite piece of literature). Performed
jects, the Mizner Brothers, a pair of historical dreamers (played         by longtime Brook collaborator Bruce Myers, it is a philosophi-
here by Michael Cerveris and Alexander Gemignani) who                     cal tale of faith and philosophy, describing what would happen
scam their way from Alaska to Florida in the early decades of             if Jesus returned to earth during the Inquisition. Running from
the 20th Century. John Doyle (Company) directs, and longtime              October 22 through November 23, expect this to be one of the
Sondheim collaborator John Weidman (Assassins) provides the               season’s most sought-after tickets. (212.239.6200/nytw.org)
book. (212.967.7555/publictheater.org)
                                                                          And to balance out a premiere, a return: the National Theatre of
A Stephen who’s even bigger in pop culture (but less so in the-           Scotland’s Black Watch was such a critical and commercial suc-
ater) is Stephen King. All the more of a coup, then, that Nose-           cess last fall that Brooklyn’s home for innovative performance,
dive Productions has received his blessing to present three of            St. Ann’s Warehouse, has decided to bring it back for an encore
his short stories as part of their yearly Halloween omnibus of            engagement. After finding its place near the top of many a crit-
short plays. The Blood Brothers Present…The Master of Horror              ic’s 2007 Best-Of list, this semi-documentary tour of the Iraq War
– which includes Nona, adapted by James Comtois, Quitters,                as experienced by a historic regiment of Scottish soldiers will
Inc., adapted by Qui Nguyen, and In the Deathroom, adapted by             play from October 9 through November 30 – and yes, there will
Mac Rogers – promises grand-guignol violence. Considering                 be bagpipes. (718.254.8779/stannswarehouse.org)
the provenance of the material (and the fact that the company
bills itself as “Theater for Sick Little Monkeys”), it will no doubt                     Jeffrey A. Lewonczyk is a playwright, director, actor, critic
deliver. At the Gene Frankel Theatre, from October 9 through                                           and founder of Piper McKenzie Productions.
November 1. (212.352.3101/nosediveproductions.com)


NEWS OF THE RIALTO continued                                              DRAMALEAGUE.ORG continued
hope is an adjustment can be made, since the show is said to              Over the next year, The Drama League will roll out reservation
have grown to Jubilation Level in 17 days. For once, the Sep-             access for all discount performances and eventually a member
tember-May romance between Joe and Meg that’s usually                     messageboard, ticket exchange, photo galleries from member
glossed over moved center stage, thanks to the resonant play-             events, and video clip excerpts.
ing of Randy Graff and Cheyenne Jackson.
                                                                          “The website’s benefits to members will never replace our tele-
PRINCE AND MONK: Grieve not for Faith Prince and Debra                    phone concierge service, our VIP access, or our commitment to
Monk that their Tony-nominated shows are no longer on Broad-              personalized, friendly, individual patron service,” says Shanks.
way (i.e., A Catered Affair and Curtains, respectively). Prince has       “But for those members who have wished for direct control
landed the star part in Terrence McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devo-          over their theatrical experiences, www.dramaleague.org will
tion, which is world-premiering October 22 at the Philadelphia            serve as an invaluable tool and resource for years to come.”
Theatre Company, while Monk is busy workshopping a James
Lapine show about Mrs. Miller, the most famous audience-                   Rebecca Panfile is the Audience Project Manager of The Drama League.
member of 1950s TV.

A STUDIO 54 VISIT?: After the dust settled from the theatrical
stampede to Arlington, VA. to see the third coming of Kander
& Ebb’s The Visit, encouraging word has filtered back that the                    HIS GIRL FRIDAY UPDATE
show improved by leaps and bounds—although the leaping
and the bounding is limited when you have a one-legged Chita                  The Drama League Presents...HIS GIRL FRIDAY, previously
Rivera in the star spot. She plays the world’s richest woman                  scheduled for October 20th, has been postponed due to un-
                                                                              expected scheduling conflicts among the performers. The
who proposes the communal murder of the lover who jilted her
                                                                              reading will be re-scheduled for early 2009; when details are
(George Hearn)—and makes that stick with the best acting of                   finalizes, it will again be offered to members via this news-
her career. From here, it looks as if Roundabout will be installing           letter. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may
the show at Studio 54.                                                        cause. Please call (212) 244-9494 ext. 5 with any questions.

         Charles Nelson has contributed theatre commentary to Playbill,
             BackStage, Theatremania, and works for People Magazine.
www.dramaleague.org                                                              Member News October 2008




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DIRECTORWATCH
Keeping Up With Alumni of the Directors Project
by Marybeth Makara                                                   You have just a few more days to catch Daniela Varon’s produc-
                                                                     tion of Robert Brustein’s The English Channel at Abingdon The-
Two 2008 Princess Grace Award Fellowships were awarded last          atre, running through October 5. Alex Timbers’ production of
month to alums of The Drama League Directors Project: Arin           The Language of Trees by Steven Levenson begins previews at
Arbus, who received a Directing Fellowship at Manhattan’s The-       Roundabout Theatre Underground on October 3. At the Hud-
atre for a New Audience, and Jaime Castañeda, who received a         son Guild Theater beginning October 18, Cara Reichel, Produc-
Directing Apprenticeship at Chicago’s American Theatre Com-          ing Artistic Director of Prospect Theatre Company, will direct
pany. Three other alumni, Davis McCallum, Alec Duffy and             Illyria, the terrific musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth
Hal Brooks, were awarded NEA-TCG Directing Fellowships for           Night she wrote with composer (and husband) Peter Mills.
the coming year. Brooks, by the way, is currently on the boards
directing Basic Training, a new play that chronicles Kahlil Ashan-   If you happen to be in the San Diego area, don’t miss Davis Mc-
ti’s tour as a member of the elite entertainment troupe “Tops In     Callum’s production of Itamar Moses’ newest play Back, Back,
Blue” in the U.S. Air Force. Performances are running now at Bar-    Back at the Old Globe starting September 25. John Rando, who
row Street Theatre.                                                  recently directed Damn Yankees at City Center, will direct the
                                                                     new musical The Toxic Avenger at New Jersey’s George Street
Alumna Diane Paulus, the new Artistic Director at American           Playhouse beginning October 10. John is being assisted by
Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, will see her wonderfully-        current DP Fall Fellow Wes Grantom. In October Anne Kauf-
received recent production of Hair at The Delacorte Theatre in       mann is at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge to direct
Central Park transfer to Broadway in 2009; Paulus will make his-     The Communist Dracula Pageant by Anne Washburn, before re-
tory as the first female alum of The Directors Project to have a     turning to NYC to direct 60 Miles to Silver Lake by Dan LeFranc
production on Broadway, one of a very select number of wom-          in November. Laura Kepley, another new Fall Fellow, will be
en ever to do so. Kevin Moriarty, in his first season as the new     assisting Anne on that Soho Rep production.
Artistic Director of Dallas Theatre Center, made an splash with
The Who’s Tommy!, his first show in his new Texas home.                 MaryBeth Makara is the Administrator of the Directors Project.

				
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