September sees the beginnings of theatre in the U.S., the openings of major theatres on opposite coasts, a starry ‘Godspell’ reunion, and the start of a Chicago festival of Latino theatre.
Playwright Mark Medoff, who won the Tony and the Olivier for his play Children of a Lessser God and who taught screenwriting and acting the University of New Mexico for 27 years, died on April 23 at the age of 79. I first met Mark Medoff at an audition. It was at the Mark Taper Forum annex in Los Angeles, and I was reading for him and the director Gordon Davidson, for a role in Mark’s new play, Children of a Lesser God. Though I had…
From the first American stage comedy to NYC’s ban on burlesque and the launch of the Mark Taper Forum, April was showered with noteworthy theatrical events.
An enthusiast marked by youthful vigor and guilelessness, the Taper founder made great theatre in L.A. because he cared. He made us care too.
Lured to L.A. at the beginning of the regional theatre movement, he stayed and changed both.
Jack Viertel goes from daily critic to in-house dramaturg at L.A.’s flagship theatre.