• 2014-2015 Season,  A Winter's Tale

    Music and Performance with Patrick Livingston

    by Rick Curtiss, Dramaturg I had the pleasure of interviewing Patrick Livingston for today’s blog. He helped create the music and plays Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale. His double duty roles give fascinating insight into the creation of the show. After tonight’s (Thursday April 2nd) performance Patrick and the entire cast will be available for a post show discussion where you can be the interviewer and ask your questions about the show.

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Winter's Tale

    Insights from Costume Designer Mary Farahnakian

    by Rick Curtiss, dramaturg At a recent post show discussion for The Winter’s Tale (held every Thursday night after the show), one of the first questions from the audience was about the amazing costumes. I’m happy to report that I had the pleasure of interviewing costume designer Mary Farahnakian right before the show opened, and am excited to share her insights with you. The costumes in the show are inspiring in both their attention to detail and dedication to the themes of the show.

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Winter's Tale

    The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal Part 2

    by Rick Curtiss, dramaturg The fighting continues…(to read more about what is “The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal”, check out Part 1 of this post here). Perdita played by: Mckenzie Steele Foster Intro: Desperate to find the origins of her past, Perdita enters the tournament knowing the odds are stacked against her. Ending: Saved by a mysterious stranger, Perdita defeats Darkpocolypse , but did she find love in the process? Style: Even at 15, Perdita has mastered the Bohemian Mystic arts, and her speed allows her to close the gap on unsuspecting foes. Regal Blast – A shot that can be charged to it’s full potential. It is said that only Royal…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Winter's Tale

    The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal Part 1

    By Rick Curtiss, dramaturg (Warning: The following blog post contains extreme video game references. Viewer discretion is advised.) The Winter’s Tale is a divided piece. One half is a court room drama. One half is a really good episode of Saved by the Bell. This duality can make The Winter’s Tale hard to approach. Lucky for us, Shakespeare provided some clues that help tie the two sides together. He calls these clues– —The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal! The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal is a collection of small character based stories that happen between acts. Unlike a traditional narratives The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal consists of “what if” scenarios set during a contrived fighting tournament. The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal is often overlooked because of its difficulty to…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Winter's Tale

    Exeunt, Pursued by a Bear

    by Rick Curtiss, dramaturg The most quoted line in The Winter’s Tale is never spoken. It’s Shakespeare’s famous stage direction, Exeunt, pursued by a bear Where a character, after performing a grizzly task, is chased off the stage. It is a moment that demands pause. A bear chases him off the stage? There isn’t a hint or prophecy or warning of “bears in these parts,” and within five words a bear appears and disappears. Why the bear didn’t just eat the baby is beyond me. Did I mention there is a baby in the scene? It’s all too reminiscent of an oft repeated family legend, Please bear with me– In…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Winter's Tale

    The Winter’s Toil

    By Rick Curtiss, dramaturg Supermodel– —is the name of a 1993 RuPual dance anthem. You might know it better as Cover Girl, or its parenthetical title: You Better Work; and work it does. Out of the 213 words in Supermodel 17 of them are work, seven percent, almost every other line. I like the sentiment. It takes the fantasy world of supermodels: champagne, caviar, vapidity; and grounds it with the idea that fundamentally, it’s work, Turn to the left A supermodel didn’t wake up one morning with a Cartier watch and a penchant for tartlets. They knocked doors, they starved bodies, they waded and sometimes drowned in the unsavory. Genetics played it’s part,…