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Director’s Brief: Sweeney Todd, Once and more

No sooner does Oslo open than preparation for Sweeney Todd begins. For those of you who are PTC veterans, you’ll know what I mean when I say, “The set is designed by George Maxwell.” (It’s going to be spectacular!) A brief visual preview is attached here. These are photos of the model—and of a couple … Continued

RadioWest to Interview J.T. Rogers

Doug Fabrizio of KUER’s RadioWest will host a special post-show talkback with Oslo playwright J.T. Rogers. The one-hour conversation will take place directly after the September 22 matinee performance, expected to begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. “We were talking to J.T. Rogers in the early days of his career,” said Doug Fabrizio, long-time host of RadioWest. “Now that … Continued

Director’s Brief: Norwegian waffles…

Happy New Year! The Jewish New Year begins this weekend—and I’d like to wish everyone a sweet and healthy New Year. In my family, this time of year means a trip to the orchards for fresh-picked apples and honey as a part of our New Year’s celebration. Family and tradition are foremost in my thoughts … Continued

Director’s Brief: “Oslo.” What an amazing play.

by Karen Azenberg We are two weeks into rehearsals for Oslo. What an amazing play. The cast is astonishing, and we’re working our way through the six languages and five dialects required in the play. (Don’t worry, you’ll understand everything.) It’s quite the challenge. There’ssomething like 40 scenes in the play, so we are constantly … Continued

Director’s Brief: Random Thoughts…

Random thoughts on a Friday… Can I say? Don’t ever take a vacation. It just comes back to bite you in the ass. Sorry, but it’s true. I took a delightful six days away. Hawaii, if you want to know. I personally stopped the volcano from erupting, saw a few sea turtles, ate a lot of pineapple, … Continued

Director’s Brief: Our colleagues down south…

    As this posts I will be wending my way south to Cedar City for the weekend. It is always fun to see what my colleagues at Utah Shakespeare Festival are up to. Plus there are several PTC alums represented there on stage and off, so it should be a fun trip. Here in our … Continued

Director’s Brief: Wending My Way South to Cedar City

by Karen Azenberg As this posts, I will be wending my way south to Cedar City for the weekend. It’s always fun to see what my colleagues at Utah Shakespeare Festival are up to. Plus, there are several PTC alums represented there on stage and off, so it should be a fun trip. Here in … Continued

Director’s Brief: “Sweeney Todd” on a Loop

by Karen Azenberg I have begun what I call my subliminal work on Sweeney Todd. I’ve probably said this before, but one of the first things I do when working on a musical is learn the music. I mean really learn the music—every beat, every accent, every fermata and caesura, every melody, every theme. The … Continued

Director’s Brief: A Few Days of R & R

by Karen Azenberg Regards from New York City and upstate New York. I am on a combined business/vacation trip to the East Coast, grabbing some meetings with the Sweat director and design team, and also looking ahead to the 2019–2020 season. (!!!) And, of course, meeting with licensors to see what titles might be available … Continued

Director’s Brief: That’s “Oslo.”

by Karen Azenberg I’m now casting and preparing for Oslo, the first show of our season. I know, we just ended last season. And this is supposed to be our downtime. Well, first of all, there is no downtime. And second, continue reading.   Exactly one year ago today, I was in Jerusalem. It was … Continued