Sunday, May 15, 2016

Quote from Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced"

Emily in Ayad Akhtar's Disgraced:
Not seeing you. Not seeing who you really are. Not until you started to deal with him. And the deftness with which you did that. You made him see that gap. Between what he was assuming about you and what you really are. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Stage Diversity Shows Progress

The Guardian - New theater season once again shows lack of diversity on Broadway and Off
When this blog started, posts often touched on diversity on the New York City stage. That was not the intention for NYCSB. The focus was supposed to be the experience of going to the theater, not the lack of diversity on the stage. 

So, I stopped writing about diversity. 

Today though I want to revisit the topic for a moment, because it has been an exciting year of progress on the stage (especially when compared to the bigger Hollywood movie industry). 

Some exciting accomplishments:
  • The musical Waitress made history with the first all female creative team on Broadway and the play Eclipsed  made history as the first all-black, all-female show on Broadway.
  • According to the AAPAC's report - Ethnic Representation on New York City Stages,30% of roles went to actors of color, a new high and 24% jump from the previous year. Not earth shattering but progress nonetheless.
  • Pulitzer winning multi-ethnic Hamilton has undoubtedly added to the innovation of the Broadway musical! 
  • The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs has an ongoing initiative to work towards a diverse and equitable cultural workforce (after surveys showed that while NYC's art groups are more diverse than other organizations nationally, they are far from reflective of the city's demographics).

At this exact moment, there is a wonderful array of diverse productions on Broadway. Two of my favorites in the past year - Hamilton and The King and I have wonderful diverse cast. On Your Feet! (which I haven't yet seen) looks at entertainment powerhouse - Gloria Estefan and productions such as Allegiance (closed) and Eclipsed told us stories of the unseen victims of war. Finally, two of the most exciting playwrights now in my opinion are young, gifted and black - Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Dominique Morisseau.

The issue of diversity on the stage will never be solved. This year however shows us that progress can and is being made. And on that note, here is a link to Bleep Magazine's - Fall on Broadway – more diversity than ever before.   

Other Posts
Diversity in the Theater - Part III
Diversity in the Theater - Part II
Diversity in the Theater - Part I

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Broadway Goes to Church

Last week, I went to The Church of St Pail the Apostle's website to look up their parish center hours and stumbled on a very interesting event - Broadway Goes to Church.  

According to the EventBrite page, the mission of the Broadway Goes to Church concert series is to bring a group of Broadway stars into a Church to celebrate, empower and touch people through personal stories and the most inspiring music ever written from Broadway and beyond. 

The recent concert, which I unfortunately could not make, featured some heavy hitters including one of my favorites - Lillias White. 

An evening of inspirational music sounds (frankly) inspiring.

A feature on the concert series was presented on NBC last year. See link here

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Quote from Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

Margaret in Tennessee William's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof:
You can be young without money, but you can't be old without it. You've got to be old with money because to be old without it is just too awful, you've got to be one or the other, either young or with money, you can't be old and without it. - That's the truth...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Quote from Wendy Wasserstein's Isn't It Romantic

Lillian in Wendy Wasserstein's Isn't It Romantic:
When I was your age, I realized I had to make some choices. I had a promising career, a child, and a husband; and, believe me, if you have all three, and you're very conscientious, you still have to choose your priorities. So I gave some serious thought to what was important to me. And what was important to me was a career I could be proud of and successfully bringing up a child. So the first thing that had to go was pleasing my husband, because he was a grown-up and could take care of himself. Yes, baby, everything did take work; but it was worthwhile. I never dreamed I'd be this successful. And I have a perfectly lovely daughter. Baby, I have a full, rich life. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

"This Bitter Earth" Earworm

Yesterday, I spent a wonderful afternoon at the NYC Ballet enjoying a program of 21st Century Choreographers including Ash, This Bitter Earth, The Infernal Machine, Jeux, and Paz De La Jolla

Since then, the sun has gone down. 

Night has passed. 

But my This Bitter Earth earworm continues...

Remix of Dinah Washington's This Bitter Earth and Max Richter's On the Nature of Daylight - Shutter Island Soundtrack

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Nicki Cochrane Has Seen More Theater Than Any Other Theatergoer in the Universe

I recently read about Nicki Cochrane and Matīss Kaža's Kickstarter documentary campaign.

And honestly, I am curious about Ms. Cochrane. I want to take her to a show, then enjoy a nice meal with her as we chat about the theater. 

So, who is Nicki Cochrane? 

She is a 77 year old theaterlover who goes to 11 theater shows each week (despite alienation from her children and many many conflicts with theater staff). She can be seen outside NYC theaters holding a "One Ticket Please" sign. 

For her, theater is nourishing. And I understand that.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Quote from Jen Silverman's "Still"

Morgan in Jen Silverman's Still
I despise weak women. I despise weak anyone, but I especially despise weak women. Ones who are overcome by sentiment. Ones who, in the face of tragedy, do not have the courage and the self-worth to say: I did my best. I tried my hardest.This is not my fault.