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Beneath the Big Top

By Bonnie Goldberg

Have you ever just wanted to run the circus?  Would owning a circus be high on your to-do list?  Author Cathy Day wrote a book, "The Circus in Winter," about her family and her hometown, Peru, Indiana, deemed the Circus Capitol of the World and the winter headquarters of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus. Her story cycle of eleven tales of the Big Top is being tumblesaulted into a brand new musical, of all things colorful and creative, and a strange and most intriguing tale it is.

In her three decades of teaching, Beth Turcotte never imagined herself at the center of a three ring circus. An Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Performance at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, she had always wanted to write a musical, but the opportunity never presented itself. In the spring of 2010, however, the universe aligned itself in a bizarrely wonderful configuration and Turcotte grabbed the brass ring and ran for the gold.

Leading an immersive learning experience with fifteen undergraduates, Turcotte found herself with redheaded twins Christopher and Justin Swader who had talents in lighting design and big dreams of making a musical of "Hocus Pocus" as well as a music student Ben Clark who walked into class with a musical version of "Robocop." Clearly the class was ripe for a new musical adventure. This student-driven production began with an exchange of ideas, looking for the perfect topic to forge into a musical show.  In Turcotte's mind, "It takes a community to write a musical."

(Photo: Cast of 'The Circus in Winter. Photo by Emma)


Searching for Lorca's Ghost


Playwright Michael Bradford

On October 2, OLIVES AND BLOOD will open on the stage at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, making its regional theatre and Connecticut premiere.  The production marks the culmination of a journey that playwright Michael Bradford began nearly a decade earlier.  The play explores the mystery surrounding the unsolved murder of the Spanish poet-playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca.  Lorca, a promising and polarizing young artist, was disappeared during the Spanish Revolution.

Michael Bradford, also a professor at UConn, was doing research for a course he was teaching on 20th century drama.  Already familiar with the poet-playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, Bradford was captivated by the writer’s poetic voice and startling mysterious murder.  It began an artistic journey for Bradford that took nearly a decade to complete.


Articles of Interest:

"The Honeymooners" Coming to Goodspeed? --
Frank Rizzo

Blogs of Interest

Blogs about Connecticut theater, movie reviews, and the arts.

Joe's Views -- Joe Meyers' Blog

Artes Magazine -- fine art, architecture, design and theater

Back Stage Buzz - current and archived interviews with CT artists -- movie reviews

CT Arts Connection

WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Rosalind Friedman's Review) (Frank Rizzo reviews)

www.reflectionsinthelight (Lauren Yarger reviews) (Irene Backalenick/David Rosenberg reviews)

Stu On Broadway -- Reviws and comments

Two on the Aisle -- NYC and Connecticut Theater News and Reviews



Celebrating 50 at Long Wharf

By Amy J. Barry

Long Wharf Theatre is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. The theater has an illustrious history that began in 1965 when several Yale School of Drama graduates and a group of community leaders and arts patrons came together and made their dream of creating a major regional theater in New Haven a reality.

Among its many accolades, Long Wharf has been the recipient of 6 Tony Awards, 3 New York Drama Critics Circle Awards, 3 Pulitzer Prizes, 1 Obie Award, and 26 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards.

In addition to its exciting line-up of plays, Long Wharf has an equally exciting line-up of special events and programs planned for its 2014-15 anniversary season.

Guilford resident Barbara Pearce, chief executive officer of Pearce Real Estate, has been a longtime friend and supporter of the theater and is chairing the 50th anniversary committee with Linda Lorimer, vice president of Yale University. Pearce has been a trustee of the theater since 1982 and was chairman of the board of trustees from 1997-2003.

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