Submitted by Anne Bogart on January 21, 2015 - 12:54pm
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. (André Gide)
In 1947 Nina Vance, who at the time had only $2.17 in her handbag but was determined to start a new theatrical venture, emptied the contents of her handbag onto a table and proposed that with that available money she would found a new theater company. Postcard stamps at the time cost one penny apiece. She and her friends addressed 217 postcards inviting people to gather at a particular time and place to discuss starting a new theater. And thus was born the Alley Theater in Houston, Texas, one of the nation’s leading regional repertory theaters.
Submitted by Anne Bogart on December 18, 2014 - 7:08pm
Several years ago the performance artist and composer Laurie Anderson spoke with my directing students at Columbia University and advised them never to relate their dreams to other people. “No one ever wants to hear the details of your dreams,” she said. Later I shared Laurie’s insight with Leon Ingulsrud, my colleague and Co-Artistic Director of SITI Company, who then proposed a few other things that people never want to hear about: “People never want to hear about how busy you are or how tired you are,” he said.
Submitted by Anne Bogart on November 6, 2014 - 6:23pm
A number of years ago I co-taught a class for graduate directors and actors at Columbia University with Kristin Linklater. One afternoon I mentioned to Kristin that in order to catch a Metro North train I would need to leave class a few minutes before the scheduled 5 p.m. finish. We agreed that she would lead the final hour and that I would participate until I had to leave.
Submitted by Anne Bogart on October 7, 2014 - 4:50pm
Several years ago I conducted a ten-day Viewpoints workshop at PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with members of the PlayMakers Company and graduate students from the University of North Carolina. At the time I was furiously studying neuroscience in preparation for a SITI production about the brain entitled Who Do You Think You Are. My friend Bonnie Raphael, the vocal coach at Playmakers, mentioned that the neurophysiologist R.
Submitted by Ellen Lauren on September 5, 2014 - 8:24pm
Impressions of a (Press) Opening
Persians-Getty Villa Sept 3, 2014
God knows we wondered over the weeks of rehearsal if this could really be done. Reading and studying 3 different plays over a year and half ago, we looked at each other and thought-IF we choose this one, how the Hell are we going to do this?But that very same sentiment is why, in part, we faced it, chose it-Persians.
Submitted by Gian-Murray Gianino on September 1, 2014 - 4:22pm
While a child or children aren’t as large a part of the story of this piece as they are in Trojan Women there are a few lines that speak of them. For instance, describing the Persians waiting for news of the outcome of the war -
Submitted by Gian-Murray Gianino on September 1, 2014 - 4:19pm
Well, another stage in SITI’s journey with the Greeks and the Getty Villa began today. The challenge this time around is to do a full production of Aeschylus’ The Persians, or as we have decided to title our version, “Persians”. The first extant play in the western canon, it is a challenge to be sure and, of course, one that we decided to embrace.
Submitted by Leon Ingulsrud on August 30, 2014 - 3:49pm
Anne gave me an amazing note a few days ago with a sentiment I’d like to share. She reminded me that, even in the midst of this tragic story, I can be open to experience joy onstage. Wow. Right! As a young actor, the play gets the best of me sometimes…shuts me down in a way. I make assumptions about the story, and about my role within it and am thus numbed to the experience of actually DOING the thing… discovering it as I go. It is OKAY to experience joy within it. In fact, I SHOULD do so, on behalf of the audience. My pleasure can be shared with them, created with and for them. This is a profound notion for me, and a note not readily applied. Hopefully with time and experience…