I am excited to report that I have just embarked on a new series of mini-video profiles about theatre artists working in or visiting Maine. These will be published on Broadway World‘s Maine site throughout the course of the next year. The first is on the amazing Curt Dale Clark. I have lined up director Brian P. Allen and director/choreographer Raymond Marc Dumont next, so stay tuned. I have also created a page on this blog to archive the videos so you can access them here, at Broadway World, or on my You Tube Channel.
August saw a flurry of theatre writing. Two of my favorites were these articles about the musicals of Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark – one from Scene 4 Magazine and one from Broadway World. You can read them the extensive Scene 4 profile here and the BWW article here.
My other assignments included continue to cover Maine State Music Theatre’s spectacular 2016 season and reviewing their delightful collaboration with Portland Stage, The Irish and How They Got That Way.
I was delighted to be invited to conduct a seminar with Maine State Music Theatre’s interns on media and the role it plays in the theatre world. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing some of my experiences with them in an informal setting, and I really appreciated the thought-provoking questions they asked. What an incredible program MSMT has and what talented young artists!
Or listen to the audio of the seminar with Q & A and interview practice exercises:
Gearing up for the summer theatre season here in Maine, just as the 2015-206 has closed , and I thought I would share with you two recent articles that I had great fun writing. The first is a preview piece on what is sure to be a real treat this August-September – a co-production between Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage of Frank McCourt’s The Irish and How They Got That Way, directed by Marc Robin, sets by Anita Stewart, and starring Curt Dale Clark. Here is the link to read the Broadway World piece: https://stagescreensong.wordpress.com/we-are-all-irish/
Then I had the pleasure of reviewing the absolutely remarkable production, directed by Raymond Marc Dumont, of Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party at Portland Players. I was blown away and delighted to be able to give it a rave!.. Check out then article here: https://stagescreensong.wordpress.com/bww-review-raymond-marc-dumont-directs-a-difficult-disturbing-and-brilliant-the-wild-part/
I also completed another interview with composer Tobin Mueller for Fanfare – he has completed his masterworks trilogy with a Chopin-Mueller album- and got to speak to composer Dan Redfield.
So it has been busy, busy! Who says living in Maine is uneventful?
Writing has kept me busy this February, as winter hopefully winds down here in Maine. My new short story collection, Carousel, is out and available, and I have several book talks scheduled this spring. Even more exciting is that the concluding story from the collection, “The Promise of Saint Michel,” appears in the March issue of Scene 4 Magazine. Last month’s scene 4 carried my piece on the Maine poet Edwin Arlington Robinson and his connections to Gardiner. And in addition to the usual Fanfare reviews and Broadway World pieces, I had the opportunity to interview Anita Stewart (Portland Stage) and Curt Dale Clark (Maine State Music Theatre) about their exciting upcoming collaboration this August: a co-production of Frank McCourt’s The Irish and How They Got That Way. You can read the piece here!
July has been filled with writing and theatre-going! One of the highlights was Maine State Music Theatre’s incandescent production of Music Man, which ran from July 16 – August 1and for which I was able to review and interview. You can find the interview with stars Curt Dale Clark and Lauren Blackman here and the others on my Broadway World pages. For Fanfare I spoke with young classical crossover soprano, Alessandra Paonessa and interview with Israeli soprano Varda Kotler was published.. Meanwhile work on ongoing projects continues apace with the first draft for forthcoming short story collection, Carousel, com plate and Jonas Kaufmann book moving along nicely.
Among my last month’s published features are a story about Maine State Music Theatre’s casting puzzle (from Broadway World) (click here), coverage of Bowdoin College’s exhibit Letters and Shadows: African-American Art and Literature Since the Harlem Renaissance from Scene 4 Magazine (click here) and interview s with soprano Maria Knapik (click here) and the trio of Carole Fitzpatrick, Robert Barefield and Russell Ryan (click here) in Fanfare, as well as the usual coverage of the Maine theatre and music scenes. Enjoy!