Every other week, the editors of American Theatre curate a free-ranging discussion about the lively arts in our Offscript podcast.
We’ve got a full house this week, folks! In this episode, all five editors dish on what they’re looking forward to this season.
Editor-in-chief Rob Weinert-Kendt gives shoutouts to Actors’ Express’ season in Atlanta, Mary Zimmerman’s Treasure Island at Lookingglass Theatre, La MaMa‘s new downstairs space in Manhattan, and the 15–16 season at New York Theatre Workshop.
Associate editor Diep Tran is dying to see the very topical Hillary and Clinton by Lucas Hnath at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and Philadelphia Theatre Company, Roe by Lisa Loomer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom by Jennifer Haley at the Flea Theater in NYC.
Senior editor Suzy Evans is excited for American Repertory Theater‘s 15–16 season at its Oberon space in Massachusetts, Going to a Place Where You Already Are by Bekah Brunstetter at South Coast Repertory in California, Sweat by Lynn Nottage at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Dry Powder by Sarah Burgess at the Public Theater in NYC.
Production editor Russell Dembin (making his Offscript debut) is looking forward to Collective Underbelly’s Alice and Wonderland at Zach Theatre in Austin, and Sarah Ruhl’s For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday at Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky.
Editorial assistant Allison Considine looks ahead to Bedlam Theatre’s New York Animals by Steven Sater and Burt Bacharach in NYC, and Troy Deutsch’s Climbing with Tigers from Salt Lake Acting Company in Utah.
Whew! And that’s not all. This week, Serenbe Playhouse artistic director Brian Clowdus stopped by to chat with Diep about site-specific theatre, reinventing classics, and performing outside in the Atlanta heat.
This week’s recommendations:
- Two Grantland pieces: a Q&A with Lin-Manuel Miranda and a profile of Annie Baker.
- Two film comedies with some theatre people in them: Sleeping with Other People and The Intern.
- The Hypocrites’ revival of American Idiot in Chicago.
- Speaking of Chicago, check out the programming at the Court Theatre.
- Lue Douthit’s response to OSF’s Shakespeare translation project in the HowlRound op-ed “Spelunking with Shakespeare.”