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MTC -- Movin' On Up!

By Geary Danihy

The first time I attended a performance at Music Theatre of Connecticut in Westport, more commonly referred to as MTC Mainstage, I got lost. Following hand-written directions, I turned down a side street, missed the driveway onto which I was supposed to take a left, and drove merrily off into the dark. Doubling back, and re-reading the directions, I drove up a driveway and turned left into a parking lot at the rear of an office building. This can’t be right, I thought. But it was.

There was no neon signage, no marquee, nothing to tell me that I had arrived at my destination other than a sandwich board announcing the night’s production and confirming that, yes, I had arrived at MTC Mainstage. I was less than overjoyed.

I approached the single, rear door with a bit of trepidation. What had I gotten myself into? I walked in and entered a corridor that immediately reminded me of my first day in third grade back in the 1950s – there were hooks for coats, a low rack for shoes, and a sign that urged me to remove my shoes – Lord help me, I did. I thought this just might be a Zen approach to theater – maybe we would all sit cross-legged on cushions for the performance and perhaps achieve satori. The corridor was lit in a pale, somewhat sulfurous light that did little to dispel the feeling that I was going to be asked to sit up straight, do sums and write an essay about my summer vacation, with the possibility that I might be hit in the back of my head by a spitball.

(Photo: Entrance to the new MTC Mainstage. All photos by the author.)

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Searching for Lorca's Ghost

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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.

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Articles of Interest:

New Tourism Campaign Touts Connecticut's Theaters -- Frank Rizzo

"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

bonniegoldberg.blogspot.com

cttheater.blogspot.com

susangranger.com -- movie reviews

CT Arts Connection

WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Rosalind Friedman's Review)

www.courant.com/curtain (Frank Rizzo reviews)

www.reflectionsinthelight (Lauren Yarger reviews)

www.nytheaterscene.com (Irene Backalenick/David Rosenberg reviews)

Stu On Broadway -- Reviws and comments

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

 

Commentary

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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