A conversation with “The Other Place” playwright Sharr White, as he discusses his process for developing a new play – from an initial idea to the fully realized production. Moderated by Barrington Stage Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.
I knew the day would come when it was time to write my final PMP blog. But I’ve put it off because I’m not quite ready to feel nostalgic.
I’m guessing this is how some of the PMPers are also feeling. For more than six months, they juggled home and homework. Jobs and family and friendships. […]
“Let’s stumble through the scenes,” Kate Merrigan says. “It’s going to be messy.”
Two weeks have gone by since I’ve been at a PMP session. If this is “messy,” then come performance time, these scenes are going to be spectacular. Tonight’s rehearsal takes place in a new space—a tiny anteroom, in fact—and to my untrained eyes, […]
I was a theater kid. I held my best friend captive while I sang a Sondheim medley. A musical score swelled around me when I walked to the bus stop. I recited Juliet’s balcony scene to anyone who would listen.
My older brother told me that there was nothing more boring than a theater person who […]
YOU SAY POTATO, I SAY POTAHTO…Meet Chris Newbound
Some people spell it “playwrite” but I’ve always preferred “playwright”, using the Old English suffix that means “builder”. Writing a play seems as much craft as art, and there’s something comforting and wholly appropriate about aligning myself with boatwrights, wheelwrights and hey, even the Wright brothers.
I’ve known Chris […]
Last Thursday, as I watched two PMP kids shape a scene, I was impressed by their fearless improvisational dexterity. The scene’s basic through-line was the friction that comes when two characters are engaged in the same activity, but have opposing objectives.
These actors kind of had a sense of the beginning and sort of knew where […]
When I was young, I dreaded slumber parties. I only went because it was easier to accept an invitation from somebody as formidable as Kathy Schlegel than to try and come up with an excuse to not go. It was a badge of honor to see who could stay up and talk. All night. I […]
There’s a new movie slated to open. It’s called Saving Mr. Banks, and it’s about the testy relationship between Walt Disney and P. L. Travers during the filming of the 1964 hit Mary Poppins, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. I loved that Technicolor confection. But the book? That’s something else.
I should probably treat […]
Ask anybody in my family and they’ll tell you that I’m kind of a klutz. I possess a bizarre flair for tripping over infinitesimal cracks in the sidewalk. I know that this is at least partly due to the amount of time I spend inside my head, in a parallel universe of parental anxieties and […]
Maybe this is the natural order when middle age creeps in.
It’s become harder and harder for me to distinguish what was real and what’s been altered/amended/adjusted by that gauzy scrim of time.
I actually hear myself (wince!) say things like “when I was a kid fill in the blank…”
But one thing’s for sure: when I […]