Tag: Ensemble Studio Theatre

‘Travisville’ Explores Race, Urban Renewal and Generational Divide

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, October 15, 2018.] What happens when private business interests align with public interests, and public servants determine to destroy existing communities for commercial gain? There are too few dramatic treatments of the effects of urban renewal that ran through most cities in the U.S in the mid-20th century from the

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Can Conservative Values and Progressive Politics Coexist?

[Full article published in TDF Stages, March 30, 2018.] Playwright Abby Rosebrock tries to work that out in Dido of Idaho Abby Rosebrock did sketch comedy and worked in academia before becoming a performer-playwright. She was most fulfilled when the two went together. “It’s like being a singer-songwriter,” she explains. “You’ve written your own material and the performance is integral

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Prizes and Reports Both Address Parity

[article originally published in The Clyde Fitch Report, April 13, 2016.] Data collection and advocacy efforts to count, sort and assess parity in theater production continue apace. But counting is only part of the story. And while I have been covering the data story myself here and elsewhere, aggregate understanding doesn’t tell us about an individual

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review: white people

White People Written by Neil Cuthbert Directed by Michael Barakiva Featuring James DeMarse, Cecilia deWolf, Delphi Harrington Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 West 52nd Street 2nd Floor February 16, 2011 — March 13, 2011 production web site:  http://tinyurl.com/4ks252b Reviewed by Martha Wade Steketee February 25, 2011 Neil Cuthbert‘s new family drama at Ensemble Studio Theatre is

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review: photograph 51

Photograph 51 By Anna  Ziegler Directed by Linsay Firman Featuring Kristen Bush, Kevin Collins, David Gelles, Haskell King, Benjamin Pelteson, and Jeremy Webb Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 West 52nd Street, 2nd Floor October 27, 2010 – November 21, 2010 “We could see everything except what was right in front of us.” (Franklin) “She is a

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