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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...)


BWW Blog: So Much Happened in So Little TimeBWW Blog: So Much Happened in So Little Time
by Student Blogger: Lea Passione - May 04, 2018

Hello, Everyone! Its Lea writing after a long absence and an eventful time. So much has happened within a short amount of time. I'm recapping this from my last article to finals week so bear with me. Time to recap. (more...)


BWW Blog: YOU ARE ENOUGH - an Original Yale University ProductionBWW Blog: YOU ARE ENOUGH - an Original Yale University Production
by Cassandra Hsiao - April 25, 2018

YOU ARE ENOUGH, a collection of three original one-acts, opens tonight. This will be the third time playwright Dylan Schifrin witnesses two of his works come to life. What makes it more phenomenal is that he is only a sophomore in college. (more...)


BWW Blog: LOBBY HERO on BroadwayBWW Blog: LOBBY HERO on Broadway
by Cassandra Hsiao - April 18, 2018

Life moves in circles. This sort of cliche isn't the message of Lobby Hero-rather, the play in itself is emblematic of the spirit of zeitgeist, the kind where unintended artistic choices turn out to be eerily prescient. (more...)


BWW Blog: And the Oscar Goes to...BWW Blog: And the Oscar Goes to...
by Student Blogger: Nolan Robinson - April 17, 2018

One great part of Northwestern is that it is a campus filled with people who have a plethora of stories to tell: lessons they've learned, tips and tricks they've found useful in surviving college, and crazy and exciting adventures they've been able to experience in their life. (more...)


BWW Blog: Beating, Packed Days, and MoreBWW Blog: Beating, Packed Days, and More
by Student Blogger: Micah Patt - April 10, 2018

Hi! I feel like every week I come to write one of these, I get slightly more stressed. (more...)


BWW Blog: The Beginning of TechBWW Blog: The Beginning of Tech
by Student Blogger: Kyle Mason - April 09, 2018

As I write this, I'm sitting in the Ruth N Halls Theatre at IU, in my second long day in a row of tech for City of Angels, which opens next weekend! (more...)


BWW Blog: Stage v. ScreenBWW Blog: Stage v. Screen
by Student Blogger: Micah Patt - April 05, 2018

today I went right back into the swing of things after a much-needed three-day break. (more...)


BWW Blog: Acting - A Leap of FaithBWW Blog: Acting - A Leap of Faith
by Cassandra Hsiao - April 04, 2018

For the next month or so, I'll be memorizing lines and living from rehearsal to rehearsal. I'll be collaborating with actors older than me, actors with countless years of experience under their belt. I'll be digging deep into three original one-acts and studying videos of goth girls, Sheldon Cooper, and Zooey Deschanel to help me step into the shoes of my respective characters. And if I'm honest, I'm a little nervous. (more...)


Bobbie Clearly Designer StatementsBobbie Clearly Designer Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - April 04, 2018

Arnulfo Maldonado/Set Design Bobbie Clearly by Alex Lubischer is exciting in its structure and unique storytelling -- I was immediately struck by how engaging the interview format can feel within a theatrical context. What is the setting for such a world? In the film/documentary version of this play, these subjects would be interviewed against a static background. But this play spans both various locations and time. (more...)


BWW Blog: Finding Art in the Big AppleBWW Blog: Finding Art in the Big Apple
by Student Blogger: Nolan Robinson - April 02, 2018

This Spring Break I was fortunate enough to travel to a city very close to my heart but one that I had only encountered through television and movies and books, most notably, the second season of Glee. This past week I traveled to New York City for the first time for seven full days and my eyes lit up with the eternal lights around me and the feeling of the Big Apple was so overwhelming that all I could do, upon seeing the city from my plane and standing in the middle of Times Square for the first time, was shed a couple tears. (more...)


BWW Blog: My Theatrical Life: From Disney to Studying AbroadBWW Blog: My Theatrical Life: From Disney to Studying Abroad
by Student Blogger: Carissa Tirico - March 31, 2018

Since I was little, I always dreamed about working in theatre. (more...)


BWW Blog: Originally From MILTONBWW Blog: Originally From MILTON
by Student Blogger: Mia Dedear - March 30, 2018

With rehearsals well underway at the University of Texas, the illustrious team of 'Milton, MI' continues to persist in the delightfully challenging experience of creating a brand new play. I took a moment to chat with Sophia Quiroga, who portrays a struggling poet named Leah, and Dani Consoldane, who steps into the role of Amber, a sprightly college student. These two leading ladies shared insight on their journey of building the universes and personalities of Leah and Amber. (more...)


BWW Blog: Summer PlansBWW Blog: Summer Plans
by Student Blogger: Kyle Mason - March 30, 2018

This has been quite the exciting last week! I finally have solidified all of my summer plans and couldn't be more excited. I move home in the beginning of May - only a little over 6 weeks away, which is coming up so quickly - and I luckily will be able to be living at home for almost the whole summer. (more...)