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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 2, 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...)
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...)
Interview with Actress Idina MenzelInterview with Actress Idina Menzel
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 9, 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...)
When Men Became Sex ObjectsWhen Men Became Sex Objects
by Roundabout Theatre Company - July 5, 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 2, 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...)
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...)
Roundabout Will Celebrate Student Theatre Arts Festival Today!Roundabout Will Celebrate Student Theatre Arts Festival Today!
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2018

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) and Education at Roundabout (Jennifer DiBella, Director of Education) will present the eighth annual Student Theatre Arts Festival, hosted by Roundabout actor (Too Heavy For Your Pocket) and 2018 Lucille Lortel nominee Brandon Gill. (more...)
Travesties Design StatementsTravesties Design Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 9, 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 8, 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...)
Bobbie Clearly Interview with Ethan DubinBobbie Clearly Interview with Ethan Dubin
by Roundabout Theatre Company - May 7, 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...)
Bobbie Clearly Designer StatementsBobbie Clearly Designer Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - April 4, 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...)
Corn DetasselingCorn Detasseling
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 29, 2018

What is corn detasseling? Every corn plant has both male and female parts-the tassel and the silk, respectively. Detasseling is the process of removing the male parts of some rows in a cornfield in order to create strictly female plants, which can then be pollinated by the remaining male plants in the field. While mechanical pullers are used to pull as many tassels as possible, they typically only get about 70% of them, meaning that the rest have to be pulled by hand. (more...)
AMY AND THE ORPHANS: A Conversation with Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino and Director Scott EllisAMY AND THE ORPHANS: A Conversation with Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino and Director Scott Ellis
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 28, 2018

February 24, 2018, Lindsey Ferrentino and Scott Ellis spoke about Amy and the Orphans with education dramaturg Ted Sod as part of Roundabout Theatre Company's lecture series. (more...)
AMY AND THE ORPHANS Design StatementsAMY AND THE ORPHANS Design Statements
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 27, 2018

Amy and the Orphans is full of design challenges. For starters, it is a road trip play. Lindsey Ferrentino has written a play that has 18 scenes in 13 locations and in which there is no home base. Every location she describes is transient and impersonal, and most of the scenes take place in public locations. As a designer, the question becomes why? (more...)
Interview with BOBBIE CLEARLY Playwright, Alex LubischerInterview with BOBBIE CLEARLY Playwright, Alex Lubischer
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 26, 2018

Ted Sod: Give us some background information on yourself: Where were you born? Where were you educated? When did you decide to become a playwright and why? (more...)
AMY AND THE ORPHANS Interview with Scott EllisAMY AND THE ORPHANS Interview with Scott Ellis
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 20, 2018

Ted Sod: Why did you want to direct Amy and the Orphans by Lindsey Ferrentino? How did you get involved with this production? (more...)
From the Artistic Director/CEA Todd Haimes: TRAVESTIESFrom the Artistic Director/CEA Todd Haimes: TRAVESTIES
by Roundabout Theatre Company - March 19, 2018

When I saw the Menier Chocolate Factory's production of Travesties on the West End last spring, I was stunned. Director Patrick Marber had captured Tom Stoppard's sprawling, absurdist epic with a captivating electricity that I had never before seen. Embracing the full power of Stoppard's explosively theatrical dive into the past, Patrick harnessed every bit of the play's sharp hilarity, keen topicality, and, most of all, boundless thrill. I knew that I needed to make Marber's triumphant and endlessly entertaining production part of our 2018-2019 season and give Travesties its first-ever Broadway revival since its 1975 debut, which won the Tony Award® for Best Play. A vortex of caricatural historical figures, clashing political philosophies, and radical artistic movements, Stoppard's early masterwork dismantles just about every convention of the Western stage and reassembles their parts into an entirely original theatrical machine. There's no simple narrative thread in this play, no strict adherence to the laws of our physical world, no clear divide between fact and fiction -- and no end to the tenets of artistic tradition that this whirlwind of a comedy deconstructs. (more...)

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