Comedy Comedy

Comedy Comedy

by Madeleine Rex, Assistant Marketing Director A Comedy of Tenors is full of zingers and laughs, so we asked our top-notch comedic performers to tell us what their favorite comedic lines are – from anything, whether Ghostbusters or A Comedy of Tenors itself. “You leave me little notes on my pillow. I told you 168 … Continued

The World of “Newsies”

  I am sitting at my desk surrounded by the pieces from the model set of Newsies….. Little people and scenic pieces galore. It reminds me of the dollhouses of my youth. Our genius resident scenic designer George Maxwell has created a wonderful world for our Newsies, and while I don’t want to give it away … Continued

Director’s Brief

by Karen Azenberg, artistic director Tonight begins the first of our new-play readings for this season with Perpetual Girl—a modern fairy tale about the most taboo thing a woman can do in Hollywood: age This is our fifth season of Play-By-Play—hard to believe that! I’m so proud of the success and the growth of this … Continued

(Perpetual) Girl Power

by Lansia Wann Ladies all across the world. Listen up. We’re looking for recruits. Did you know that women account for the majority of the movie-going public (52 percent) and the theatre-going audience (67 percent)? Yet, they only represented 4 percent of directors, 11 percent of writers, and 19 percent of producers in the top … Continued

Director Julie Kramer Gives Me a Play-by-Play of PTC’s Play-by-Play Series

by Lansia Wann Play-by-Plays! Never heard of them, you say? Well, neither had I, to be honest, but after speaking with the director of PTC’s first Play-by-Play of the season, Julie Kramer, I was completely intrigued. Perpetual Girl is Julie Kramer’s fourth project for Pioneer Theatre Company’s Play-by-Play series. She’s a veteran—of both the program and … Continued

Director’s Brief

Karen Azenberg It was a very busy week in New York! Newsies auditions. We saw about 250 actors over four days of auditions. Some truly incredible talent. I also had an exciting meeting with the design team for “i.” I think this will be a visually stunning and surprising production. I promise to share the … Continued

Guest Notes: Tom O’Keefe

DARK DAYS I’m starting to reconsider the title of this guest blog. It sounds like maybe this blog will be a sample of my failed stabs at poetry. Such as a particularly somber one written during a cold and bitter New York winter when I was alone and reconsidering some life choices . . . … Continued

Director’s Notes…

This season I’m doing a weekly blog — just an update from the Artistic Director that gives you an insight into the things that don’t happen onstage, but are an integral part of getting the shows done here at PTC. This week is a busy one. I’m finalizing the selections for this season’s PLAY-BY-PLAY series. … Continued

Life of Will Rogers — Timeline

Life of Will Rogers — Timeline 1879: Born on November 4, the youngest of eight siblings, at the Dog Iron Ranch in Indian Territory, near present day Oologah, Oklahoma to Clement Van Rogers and Mary America Schrimsher. 1898-1902: Works in Texas as a cowboy, then as a gaucho in Argentina. 1902: Joins Texas Jack’s Wild … Continued

Becoming a “Trick Roper”

https://youtu.be/C2MvKwMd_tU   If you look at the cast list, you’ll see the name AJ Silver, who’s identified as the “Trick Roper/Whip Specialist.”  You know if Trick Roper is a cast member, you’re going to be watching some action on stage. AJ shares the stage with the cast in performing some of the more complicated rope … Continued