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Skintight Design StatementsSkintight Design Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - August 13, 2018

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Queer Eye on Horatio AlgerQueer Eye on Horatio Alger
by Roundabout Theatre Company - August 02, 2018

Benjamin's birthday gift to Elliot, a copy of Horatio Alger's juvenile novel Ragged Dick, is an astute choice. Alger's uplifting message that anyone can pull themselves up "by the bootstraps" feels archaic today, but the discovery of Alger's homosexuality, made long after his death, provides relevant insights to the characters of Skintight. (more...)


BroadwayWorld Seeks Back-to-School College Student BloggersBroadwayWorld Seeks Back-to-School College Student Bloggers
by BWW News Desk - August 02, 2018

We're looking for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to share their knowledge with Freshman with recommendations and back-to-school tips in blogs for BroadwayWorld. (more...)


Hungarian Jews and the HolocaustHungarian Jews and the Holocaust
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 30, 2018

In Skintight, Jodi Isaac's son Benjamin is in the midst of a semester abroad in Hungary, where he's been exploring his family's roots as Eastern European Jews. Now self-identified Americans, the Isaac family has been living in the United States for nearly 100 years, and memories of Jodi's grandparents' lives in Hungary are distant ones. But Jewish experiences of the Holocaust in Hungary in the 1930s and 1940s loom large in the history of any family of Hungarian Jewish descent. (more...)


Interview with Playwright Joshua HarmonInterview with Playwright Joshua Harmon
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 23, 2018

Education Dramaturge Ted Sod sits down with playwright Joshua Harmon to discuss the origins of 'Skintight' and his relationship with Roundabout.  (more...)


“Gold Diggers” Frauds or Icons?“Gold Diggers” Frauds or Icons?
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 19, 2018

Upon learning that Elliot's new partner is a 20-year-old named Trey, Jodi and Benjamin immediately mistrust his motives. Trey swears that he loves Elliot regardless of their difference in age, but Jodi and Benjamin are convinced that Trey is only after Elliot for his money and lavish gifts. Trey's role in this play may seem familiar -- his storyline draws from the archetype of the Gold Digger, traditionally portrayed in literature, film, and music as a young woman who dates or marries rich men for their money alone. As a young man rather than a young woman, Trey is an inversion of the traditional type, but the implications of calling him a gold digger remain much the same. The term is used colloquially today in a generally derogatory manner against those who are seen as dating only for mercenary purposes, but the history of the phrase has more folds than one might think. (more...)


Invisibility of Middle Aged WomenInvisibility of Middle Aged Women
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 16, 2018

In Skintight, both Jodi, a woman in her mid-40s, and Elliot, her 70-year-old father, grapple with what it means to age in modern society. Elliot, a successful fashion designer and businessman, is in a relationship with a much younger man, while Jodi, a lawyer, is dealing with the emotional fallout of her husband leaving her for a much younger woman. (more...)


Join BroadwayWorld.com's Team Of Contributors And Support Local Theater!Join BroadwayWorld.com's Team Of Contributors And Support Local Theater!
by BWW News Desk - July 10, 2018

BroadwayWorld.com is looking for new contributors to help us grow our local coverage of theatre and support local talent and venues with our international platform! Find out more about joining the team! (more...)


Interview with Actress Idina MenzelInterview with Actress Idina Menzel
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 09, 2018

Education Dramaturge Ted Sod sits down with actress Idina Menzel to discuss her character in 'Skintight' and what inspires her as an artist. (more...)


ERYC TAYLOR GUEST BLOG: FUNDS EQUAL CREATIVITYERYC TAYLOR GUEST BLOG: FUNDS EQUAL CREATIVITY
by Eryc Taylor - July 07, 2018

Supplying funding to emerging artists is a dream come true. The dance community is small, and if we don't support each other, especially by encouraging fledgling dancers and choreographers at the genesis of their careers, then what hope do we have for the future of dance? (more...)


When Men Became Sex ObjectsWhen Men Became Sex Objects
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 05, 2018

Until the 1980s, mainstream culture and advertising often cast women as sex objects, and framed their images to appeal to the male gaze. Historically, men in advertisements were represented as figures of authoritative masculinity (such as the Marlboro Man), but rarely sexualized. (more...)


The Objectification of Women in MediaThe Objectification of Women in Media
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 02, 2018

On June 16, 2018, Joshua Harmon spoke about Skintight with education dramaturg Ted Sod as part of Roundabout Theatre Company's lecture series. (more...)


Skintight: A Conversation With Playwright Joshua HarmonSkintight: A Conversation With Playwright Joshua Harmon
by Roundabout Theatre Company - June 27, 2018

On June 16, 2018, Joshua Harmon spoke about Skintight with education dramaturg Ted Sod as part of Roundabout Theatre Company's lecture series. (more...)


The Importance of Henry CarrThe Importance of Henry Carr
by Roundabout Theatre Company - June 14, 2018

Unlike the other the major characters in Travesties, the real Henry Carr holds little claim to fame. Stoppard learned about Carr and became intrigued by a real-life incident mentioned in a biography of James Joyce. In Zurich during World War I, Joyce worked with an English theatre to produce Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Joyce cast a mix of professionals and amateurs, including Henry Carr, an Englishman living in exile, as the lead role of Algernon. Apparently, Carr gave an enthusiastic performance, but afterwards, a small financial dispute with Joyce escalated into dueling lawsuits. Carr sued Joyce for reimbursement on clothes he bought as his costume; Joyce counter-sued Carr for money owed on five tickets. Carr lost his case and was further punished by Joyce when he named an unlikeable character in Ulysses after Carr. Stoppard knew little more about the real Henry Carr while writing Travesties; however, after its 1974 London premiere, a surprise letter from Carr's widow provided more details of the real man's life. (more...)


Tristan Tzara and DadaTristan Tzara and Dada
by Roundabout Theatre Company - June 14, 2018

Born in Romania under the name Samuel Rosenstock, Tristan Tzara was introduced to the Symbolist art movement by poet Adrian Maniu. Symbolism stood in opposition to realistic art, emphasizing emotions, feelings, and ideas, and often featuring mystic or religious imagery. Together with poet Ion Vinea and painter Marcel Janco, Tzara founded the magazine Simbolul shortly prior to the First World War, when he was just 16 years old. It was during the War that he moved to Zurich, co-founding the Cabaret Voltaire, which became known as the 'cradle of Dada.' Featuring experimental forms of performance, poetry, art, and more, the Cabaret Voltaire was where early Dadaist manifestos were read, many of which were written by Tzara, who could often be spotted sporting a monocle and suit, or even with 'DADA' written on his forehead. (more...)


Exclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- Robert NassauExclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- Robert Nassau
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - June 11, 2018

BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway alum Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her new show Little Known Facts. Ilana's unique brand of celebrity interview, 'Podcast Verite,' is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny. (more...)


BWW Blog: The Last One…Boo Hoo (Insert Tears)BWW Blog: The Last One…Boo Hoo (Insert Tears)
by Student Blogger: Lea Passione - May 30, 2018

BroadwayWorld. Lea here recapping what happened thus far. (more...)


Exclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- Abigail PogrebinExclusive Podcast: LITTLE KNOWN FACTS with Ilana Levine- Abigail Pogrebin
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - May 29, 2018

BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway alum Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her new show Little Known Facts. Ilana's unique brand of celebrity interview, 'Podcast Verite,' is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny. (more...)


The Travesty of TravestiesThe Travesty of Travesties
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 21, 2018

At first glance, Travesties may seem to be a nearly impossible work to crack. Traversing literary styles and references, delving headfirst into the history of World War I and the Russian Revolution, and pitting dense intellectual arguments on the meaning and purpose of art against each other, Tom Stoppard's absurdist and avant-garde play can seem hopelessly out of reach for anyone who isn't an expert in these particular topics. But Stoppard has created a roadmap that allows his audiences to untangle the characters, plotlines, and references of Travesties as they watch, and his first clue for doing so is provided in the title of the play itself. What exactly, then, is a travesty? (more...)


Interview with Travesties' Sara TophamInterview with Travesties' Sara Topham
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 21, 2018

Education Dramaturge Ted Sod sits down with actress Sara Topham to discuss her role in Travesties and her return to Roundabout Theatre Company. (more...)


BWW Blog: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Will Roland on Playing Jared, Passion for Acting, & Exiting the ShowBWW Blog: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Will Roland on Playing Jared, Passion for Acting, & Exiting the Show
by Cassandra Hsiao - May 14, 2018

Dear Evan Hansen's Jared Kleinman is the mastermind partly responsible for the web of lies Evan Hansen weaves about being friends with his departed classmate, Connor Murphy. Equipped with digital savvy and verbal barbs, Jared provides the levity in the show, allowing audiences to view from a comedic standpoint the absurdity and heartbreak of Evan's situation. Actor Will Roland shares many things in common with his character-his humor, word play, quick wit-but one thing he thankfully no longer has in common is Jared's mean streak. (more...)


Travesties Design StatementsTravesties Design Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 09, 2018

Tim Hatley/Costume and Set Design My starting point as a designer is always to read the play, and in the case of Travesties, which is a complex play, it required careful reading and thought to begin to understand the threads and layers of the writing, and talking closely with the director, Patrick Marber. It seemed to me that our production needed a strong yet simple approach to the design. The shifting of time and location is clear in the writing and did not need physical transitions to interrupt the flow. Our space is both present and memory, library and apartment, and allows for characters to appear and disappear within. The costumes are rooted strongly in the period, and their palette was developed in tandem with the development of the space. Cross references to Oscar Wilde's play, The Importance of Being Earnest, were an enjoyable anchor to designing the play. (more...)


A Conversation with Director Patrick MarberA Conversation with Director Patrick Marber
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 08, 2018

On April 21, 2018, Patrick Marber spoke about Travesties with Education Dramaturg Ted Sod as part of Roundabout Theatre Company's lecture series. (more...)


BWW Blog: A Starry NightBWW Blog: A Starry Night
by Student Blogger: Nolan Robinson - May 07, 2018

The stars shined brightly upon Northwestern's campus the weekend before last, as alums and icons of stage and screen returned to their alma mater for this Starry Night weekend. (more...)


Bobbie Clearly Interview with Ethan DubinBobbie Clearly Interview with Ethan Dubin
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 07, 2018

Ted Sod: Tell us about yourself: Where were you born and educated? When and why did you decide to be an actor? Did you have any teachers who had a profound influence on you? (more...)