Up Next: Teens & Theater

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~ Friday, July 20 ~
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~ Saturday, July 7 ~
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Interesting Theater and Boring Theater

I’ve been telling my students lately that there are only two kinds of theater: interesting theater and boring theater.
There is no meaningful difference between Broadway theater and regional theater and community theater and university theater.
There’s interesting theater and boring theater.
And interesting theater is interested in me.
Me sitting there with other people watching and listening to it.
Interesting theater understands that my time is the most precious thing I have and the world is very, very interesting already, so it tries to be more interesting than the street outside.

- playwright John Clancy


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~ Friday, July 6 ~
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I’d wave the wand and [theater] would no longer be Serious and Important and it would be fun and dangerous and sexy. It would be like punk rock or early hip-hop. We’d stop trying to write masterpieces and start writing love letters to each other and ransom notes to our enemies. It would be a lot faster and a little louder. It would be totally cool if your show didn’t actually, in the end, make sense.
— playwright John Clancy

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~ Tuesday, June 19 ~
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There’s Room for All of Us in Theater

So excited Mixed Blood found this! We Up Next Bay Area teens LOVE Mixed Blood’s Radical Hospitality program (and we wish we lived closer so we could see more of Mixed Blood’s work). We’re also fans of the decision to livestream the MBT production On the Spectrum. Relevant, exciting, funny, true theater made accessible to the people who need to see it. YES. YESYESYES.

If you’re ever in MN, pay them a visit.

mixedbloodtheatre:

This quote explains why we do radical hospitality (giving away tickets for no charge). We want everyone to get a chance to experience theatre.

upnextbayarea:

For all our ability to transform and transport audiences, theater artists lack a lot of basic social skills when the house lights rise. “Thanks for your $35, now get out.” Audiences and emerging artists desperately want in. Open a door or in the very least, open a window. There’s room for all of us.

- Adrienne Dawes, playwright

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~ Sunday, June 17 ~
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Life-changing.
(Quote via I Interview Playwrights.)

Life-changing.

(Quote via I Interview Playwrights.)

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~ Saturday, June 16 ~
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There’s Room for All of Us in Theater

For all our ability to transform and transport audiences, theater artists lack a lot of basic social skills when the house lights rise. “Thanks for your $35, now get out.” Audiences and emerging artists desperately want in. Open a door or in the very least, open a window. There’s room for all of us.

- Adrienne Dawes, playwright

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~ Friday, June 15 ~
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"I want to go home after a show and dream about it that night."

"I want to go home after a show and dream about it that night."

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~ Thursday, June 14 ~
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On Exciting Theater

Theater that is magic.
That provokes and pushes boundaries.
That poses difficult questions.
That reflects the human condition.
That shows us how awful and beautiful we can be to one another …and that we have a choice in how we behave.
That uses powerful and provocative language.
That introduces us to interesting and compelling characters.
That is intimate, funny, honest, scary, ugly, messy, poetic, and beautiful.
Theater, that while ephemeral, remains with you forever.

- playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton

(Source: aszym.blogspot.com)

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As I writer I feel pressure to create what seems to sell, though it’s not my voice. There’s the Political Consciousness play (Time: day of the fall of Berlin’s wall) , the Someone-Else’s Culture play (should I milk my Lithuanian ancestry though I know nothing about the place?) the Name Dropping play (Matisse, Marx and Magellan wait for a late bus) and the Lyrical Language drama (her metaphors were like coleslaw.) So much feels like formula-on-request.
— Susan Goodell

(Source: howlround.com)

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~ Wednesday, May 30 ~
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This theater does awesome, important work, y’all. Help ‘em out.
playwrightshorizons:

Playwrights Horizons is one of the country’s most important incubators of new plays and musicals. “LIKE” PH on Facebook NOW, and help us earn a donation of $10K when we reach 10,000 likes. Provide an e-mail address and be entered to win a $250 gift certificate from The Apple Store. Enter now: http://goo.gl/51g3T And thank you!

This theater does awesome, important work, y’all. Help ‘em out.

playwrightshorizons:

Playwrights Horizons is one of the country’s most important incubators of new plays and musicals. “LIKE” PH on Facebook NOW, and help us earn a donation of $10K when we reach 10,000 likes. Provide an e-mail address and be entered to win a $250 gift certificate from The Apple Store. Enter now: http://goo.gl/51g3T And thank you!


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~ Sunday, May 20 ~
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~ Wednesday, May 16 ~
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When I was a teenager, my mother took me to the theater a lot, especially in Philly. One show called “Terra Nova” by Ted Tally really stuck with me. It is about Robert Falcon Scott’s journey to Antarctica. I loved the history—the truth is stranger than fiction aspect of the play. As I vaguely recall, the play flits back and forth between the Pole and the United States; the stage is all white, mostly empty. At one point, Scott and his men are sitting at a dinner table in a fancy restaurant. Suddenly, one of the men yanks the bare white tablecloth off and its whiteness becomes part of the South Pole itself; the men, on an otherwise barren stage, are now hunkered down and freezing, fighting for their lives. In that moment—that instantaneous transformation in space and time—my love of theater and my love of history merged. I haven’t been the same since.
— playwright David Robson

(Source: aszym.blogspot.com)

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~ Tuesday, May 15 ~
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~ Sunday, May 13 ~
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Liz Duffy Adams quote via “I Interview Playwrights”.

Liz Duffy Adams quote via “I Interview Playwrights”.

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~ Wednesday, May 9 ~
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I’m a big fan of the unsung heroes - the stage managers, techies, production managers, rehearsal studio staff, ushers, box office staff - the people who make the entire magical process run smoothly, efficiently, and comfortably for the rest of us - and who make our audiences feel comfortable so they can more fully absorb what we’re trying to say.
— playwright Jennie Contuzzi

(Source: aszym.blogspot.com)

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