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THE PLAYWRIGHT ESSAYIST

THE PLAYWRIGHT ESSAYIST Playwright Richard Greenberg talks about his book of essays, Rules for Others to Live By. by MADELINE KING PORTER Playwright Richard Greenberg doesn’t go out a lot. Some people who know this about him but don’t know him, are quick to apply the label "hermit." Greenberg is not a hermit. He just […]

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THE MEDICI OF FIRENZE

THE MEDICI ON STAGE An English-language drama in the heart of Florence recalls the first family of the Italian Renaissance. by MADELINE KING PORTER Who ever said, I’m off to Florence to see a play? My guess is, no one. Tourists go to Florence primarily because, as the birthplace of the Renaissance, the city boasts […]

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A BOUNTIFUL TRIP TO ‘ORANGE’

A BOUNTIFUL TRIP TO ‘ORANGE’ Aditi Brennan Kapil circles back to the family in foreign Orange County by CRISTOFER GROSS Playwrights start each script staring into blankness. Somewhere in that word doc or sheet of paper is the trailhead to something undiscovered – possibly ancient and unformed – they hope to capture in words and […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | 4

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL I | II | III | IV ‘It means so much to me that this is my first show as Associate Artistic Director. One of the first things Carey asked me to do when I came here was to build bridges in the community, and I couldn’t have imagined anything like […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL A group portrait of the brilliant theater director who recast bow-taking by CRISTOFER GROSS PROLOGUE

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | MISCELLANY

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | MISCELLANY I | II | III | IV ‘You found yourself utterly disarmed – open, unfettered, and believing you could: you can go there, you can be that, you can wear that (or not wear it), you can sing that, you can dance that. And not only can you dance […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | 3

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL I | II | III | IV ‘It felt like magic. It really felt like all these great things coming together.’ –Cindy Katz, Kate, The Taming of the Shrew, South Coast Repertory (1996) Act II, Sc 2: All’s Well in the West Mark Rucker hated being told to do Shakespeare the […]

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MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL | 2

MARK RUCKER’S CURTAIN CALL I | II | III | IV ‘Shakespeare contains us; he always gets there before us, and always waits for us, somewhere up ahead.’ – Harold BloomShakespeare: The Invention of the Human ACT I, SC 3: North by Northeast Rising late on a Monday in the middle of that month, Rucker […]

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THANK YOU, MR. SHAKESPEARE

PAGE 1 | 2 | 3 ROBERT COHEN The eyes have it Last Sunday the University of California, Irvine, honored Robert Cohen and his wife Lorna with a plaque for their 50 years on campus. The dinner ceremony included a performance in UCI’s Claire Trevor Theatre that included alums who are now Broadway performers. Now […]

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THANK YOU, MR. SHAKESPEARE

PAGE 1 | 2 | 3 JULIE HABER Stage managing Shakespeare Ah, Shakespeare! It holds a special place in my heart. The first play I ever stage managed was Twelfth Night at UCI, a traditional production directed by RSC actor Brewster Mason and set in Shakespeare’s time. Shakespeare’s plays reveal something new with each reading […]