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Director’s Brief: Another Op’nin’, Another Show

“♫ Another Op’nin’, Another Show” ~ Cole Porter It’s an oft-used phrase in theatre circles. But on this opening night—for Sweeney Todd—I would offer that it isn’t “another” in the sense of “one more in a long list of indistinguishable titles.” It’s another on a list of vastly diverse and differing experiences in the ’18–’19 … Continued

Director’s Brief: Messy and Fun!

Happy Friday – First day of tech for Sweeney Todd – we are bathed in blood, bodies, and meat pies in various stages of completion. Messy and fun!

Stripes: More Than Meets the Eye

By Vreni Romang, PTC Publicity Manager   Oh, I can see us now In our bathing dresses You in a nice navy And me….stripes perhaps –          By The Sea, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street   Stripes have held an unusual place throughout history. They designated the “deviant” from the normal, qualifying women … Continued

Director’s Brief: Razors and Friends

Last weekend was our first Play by Play of this season. Did you miss it? Big mistake! It was a smashing success. Matthew Ivan Bennett’s smart and timely play Art & Class was a huge hit with our new play audience – post show conversations in the lobby lingered for quite a while, reinforcing for … Continued

Director’s Brief: “Scenes” from New York

A few photos from New York! I am here doing auditions for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley and The Lion in Winter. I was joined for a few days by PTC Board Member Pat Hemingway and PTC Guild Member Cheryl Groot. They spent some time in auditions (then we did some shopping!) and saw Pretty … Continued

Opening Night Blog: OSLO

by PTC blogger Lansia Wann Pick Your Own Battle My entire life, I have mostly lived in the dark. I shied away from the news, I tended to not read the papers, and I tried to distance myself from politics. But, every now and then, there comes a conflict, a battle, a headline that crosses … Continued

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