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martha wade steketee

Lover of ghost lights, movies, stories of creative lives, magic of live performance, storytelling in song.
martha wade steketee has written 458 posts for urban excavations

playwrights, critics and scenes

Visions of playwrights and critics can inspire images of dramatic scenes. Colleagues from Chicago tell a story about a certain critic arriving at the lobby of a show and being clocked by playwright unhappy with a negative production review. A colleague in Philadelphia tells of being publicly berated in an area theatre by a similarly … Continue reading

event musings: chance photo shoot (boris aronson designs)

Photo Shoot: From the Archives of Boris Aronson Friday September 6, 2013 New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza Theatre designer Boris Aronson has been my constant companion for the past six months. Oh, certainly, any lover of American theatre in general and Sondheim musicals in particular is well acquainted … Continue reading

event musings: a visit to monte cristo cottage

Conference wanderings: Pictures, Prizes, and Hauntings Sunday July 28, 2013 Monte Cristo Cottage, 325 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT During my visit to the O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut last month, I bunked in a dorm room at a small college in New London, just a few miles away. Visiting artists and headliners have … Continue reading

event musings: 49th o’neill convening, the edith, the sea

Conference wanderings: 49th O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Saturday July 27 through Monday July 29, 2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT Over the past six months or so, I’ve been assisting pal Jeff Sweet on a book commemorating the 50 year history of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and associated other events … Continue reading

event musings: jack viertel on today’s american theater

What: Harvardwood & the American Repertory Theatre Alumni Institute Present Jack Viertel (and Miriam Weisfeld) When: Monday June 24, 2013, 7pm Where: New York Institute of Technology, 16 West 61st Street, 11th floor penthouse event web site [n.b. Various “theater” and “theatre” spellings pepper this entry following the word as used and spelled in referenced … Continue reading

event musings: night of a thousand judys

Ali Forney Center Benefit Concert: Night of a Thousand Judys Written and Hosted by Justin Sayre Music Direction by Lance Horne Featuring Martha Wash, Madeleine Peyroux, Carolee Carmello, Lea DeLaria, Karen Mason, Maude Maggart (and many others) Monday, June 17, 2013 Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street event site For … Continue reading

event musings: chance photo shoot (follies)

Photo Shoot: Shadows and Light and Set Models Wednesday June 5, 2013 New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza A theme to be explored in an upcoming issue of Chance Magazine is theatre and boxes — in set designs, in conceptual frameworks, in storage, in perception. One component of those … Continue reading

event musings: chance photo shoot (here lies love)

Photo Shoot: Chance and Here Lies Love Friday May 17, 2013 The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street Chance Magazine, discussed by our core staff in excited shouts and earnest whispers over the past year, inspiring articles on shoots in a Yonkers Mansion and the burlesque venue The Box, is now a real thing. Boxes of the first … Continue reading

drama desk adventure 2012-2013 wrap up

A season year of theatre going  — over 250 shows for Drama Desk consideration as well as a substantial additional number of concerts and readings and other events addressing other interests and work obligations — has been marked by several events over the past few weeks. One involves a group of people working through a … Continue reading

kathleen chalfant: practicing “political performance”

Performance and Justice: Representing Dangerous Truths Symposium Kathleen Chalfant in conversation with Karen Malpede John Jay Collage of Criminal Justice Black Box Theater, 524 West 59th Street Wednesday March 13, 2013 Events on the first of three symposium days in a delightful black box theatre in a shiny new campus building just minutes from my … Continue reading

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