martha wade steketee

Lover of ghost lights, movies, stories of creative lives, magic of live performance, storytelling in song.
martha wade steketee has written 465 posts for urban excavations

event musings: why shakespeare? why now?

Drama Desk presents: Why Shakespeare? Why Now? Moderated by Carol Rocamore Panelists Julie Taymor, Daniel Sullivan, Scott Shepherd, Michael Pennington, John Glover Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:45am Sardi’s Eugenia room, 234 West 44th Street “It’s like a cliff face, Lear.” (Michael Pennington on the role) “When they like you, they really like you. The warmth is overwhelming.” (Pennington on … Continue reading

event musings: chance + wingspace

CHANCE + WINGSPACE cocktails and preview of Chance 3  COUTURE | STAGE Monday, March 31st @ 7pm Wingspace Theatrical Design | Old American Can Factory 232 3rd St., Brooklyn Wingspace facilities at the Old American Can Factory Brooklyn provided the stage and Wingspace member Lee Savage welcomed about 40 engaged theatre designers and others on a cool end-of-March … Continue reading

event musings: chance photo shoot (annie-b parson)

Photo Shoot: Annie-B Parson, “Ich, Kürbisgeist” Friday February 21, 2014 Studio of David Korins, West 30th Street, New York City Chance Magazine, in its second year of publication and currently developing its third issue, includes a range of sections on a theme: theatre makers in conversation with each other and with our readers about contemporary theatrical … Continue reading

event musings: promoting broadway

Drama Desk presents: You Gotta Have a Gimmick … or a Star! Moderated by Randie Levine-Miller Panelists Peter Filichia, Josh Ellis, Susan L. Schulman and Leslie Bader Papa Monday, February 10, 2014 at 6pm Stage 72, The Triad, 158 West 72nd Street event web site and panel addition addendum “Our resources evaporated with the Internet.” But then new resources … Continue reading

review: the woodsman

The Woodsman by James Ortiz with Claire Karpen and Strangemen & Co. Directed by James Ortiz and Claire Karpen Featuring James Ortiz, Eliza Simpson, Edward W. Hardy 59E59 Theater B January 30, 2014 (open February 5, 2014) — February 16, 2014 production web site “A cerulean windmill twirls lazily in the breeze. People are working … Continue reading

film feature: a human being and not a chair

[re-posting of a 2009 set of musings, inspired by today’s showing of this film during 2014’s Turner Classic Movie’s “31 Days of Oscar”] A Thousand Clowns.  1962 play into 1965 movie and into our hearts. This image is from the original stage production (featuring left to right Barry Gordon as Nick, Jason Robards Jr. as … Continue reading

review roundup: one voice on life and death

Mercy Killers @ Stella Adler Studio (Manhattan thru February 2) Grounded @ Page 73 at Walkerspace (thru February 1) There is intensity inherent in the one person show structure — especially when that show is not cabaret (though that framework can be emotionally devastating in the right hands with the right set list) or a … Continue reading

mercedes ruehl: “all these things ride into town on your voice”

NYPL-PA + League of Professional Theatre Women: Mercedes Ruehl + Andrea Chapin New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Avenue Monday January 13, 2014 at 6pm The Oral History project at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center recently held the … Continue reading

review: ruff

Ruff by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver Directed by Lois Weaver Featuring Peggy Shaw La MaMa First Floor Theatre, 74a East 4th Street January 9, 2014 — January 26, 2014 production web site & exhibit web site “I went into the hospital as a woman who gets mistaken for a man, but it seems I … Continue reading

2013: excavation review themes

I have now indulged in three annual iterations (2011, 2012, and 2013) of complete lists of events that took me into a theatre or other kind of performance space during a calendar year. Panel discussions and film presentations and television show screenings and increasingly (and now almost exclusively) theatrical performances fill these listings. Over the … Continue reading

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