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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Stage Directions: Anne Kauffman Reveals Her Plans for Encores! Off-Center 2019 by Mervyn Rothstein

The Obie– and Lortel-winning director shares her directing principles, her vision for City Center’s Encores! Off-Center, and how she embraced being a female authority in the room.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

From the Archives: Marian Seldes' Life in the Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

Marian Seldes, the grande dame of American theatre, took home a 2010 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Stage Directions: What Is Jerry Mitchell’s No. 1 Rule of Directing? by Mervyn Rothstein

Having learned from legends like Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins, the director-choreographer shares the philosphy that led him to hits like Hairspray, Kinky Boots, and this summer’s …

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Stage Directions: Darko Tresnjak Reveals the 1 Lesson All Future Directors Should Learn by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-winning director peels back the curtain on his process and his vision for Peter Yanowitz and Stephen Trask’s This Ain’t No Disco.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Stage Directions: Why Lileana Blain-Cruz Believes in Making Theatre an Epic Event by Mervyn Rothstein

The Obie-winning director of Pipeline, Red Speedo, and more reveals her directing philosophy, early career missteps, and her pitch to the Park Avenue Armory.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Stage Directions: Tina Landau Gets Real About Being a Director Who Plays and Explores by Mervyn Rothstein

The Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee reveals rehearsal room techniques, what went wrong with Broadway’s Bells Are Ringing, and how she corrected course for SpongeBob SquarePants and …

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Stage Directions: Why Mortiz Von Stuelpnagel Says ‘Certainty Is Dangerous’ by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-nominated director of Hand to God, Off-Broadway’s Teenage Dick, and the upcoming Bernhardt/Hamlet gets real.

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Stage Directions: Why Moritz von Stuelpnagel Says ‘Certainty Is Dangerous’ by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-nominated director of Hand to God, Off-Broadway’s Teenage Dick, and the upcoming Bernhardt/Hamlet gets real.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Stage Directions: Doug Hughes Reveals the Biggest Mistake He Ever Made as a Director by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-winning director shares the one thing not allowed in his rehearsal room, the decision that changed his life, and how he makes such winning art.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Stage Directions: Why a Decades-Long Connection to Carousel Led Jack O’Brien to Direct the 2018 Broadway Revival by Mervyn Rothstein

The 2018 Drama Desk-nominated director reveals his draw to the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and the secrets of his rehearsal room.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Stage Directions: The Band’s Visit David Cromer Wants His Onstage World to Feel Real by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-nominated director talks about making things happen in real time onstage, his directing principles, the mistake he learned from, and more.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Stage Directions: George C. Wolfe Aims to Achieve Wonder Onstage by Mervyn Rothstein

The game-changing director of Noise/Funk, the original Angels in America, and this season’s The Iceman Cometh reveals what it’s like inside his rehearsal room, a mistake he made …

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Stage Directions: Two-Time Tony Winner Marianne Elliott On How She Made Angels in America Happen by Mervyn Rothstein

The 2018 Tony-nominated director explains how she chooses her work and what to expect from her female-driven Company.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Stage Directions: Rachel Chavkin Brings Athleticism to Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

From The Great Comet to Hadestown to currently running Light in Buckinghamshire, the Tony-nominated director has proven her mettle.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Stage Directions: Moonlight’s André Holland Brings an Actor’s Perspective to Directing by Mervyn Rothstein

Best known for the Oscar-winning film and Broadway’s Jitney, the actor makes his directorial debut Off-Broadway.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Stage Directions: Kenny Leon and His Priority of Making Impactful Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-winning director of A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, and more reveals how Children of a Lesser God came to be the most important play he’s ever done.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Stage Directions: Christopher Ashley’s Journey From Bank Analyst to Tony-Winning Director by Mervyn Rothstein

The director of Broadway’s Escape to Margaritaville and Come From Away talks about two decisions that changed his life and career.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Stage Directions: Tony Winner Rebecca Taichman Explains How Indecent Permanently Changed Her Outlook by Mervyn Rothstein

The director of the upcoming This Flat Earth Off-Broadway talks about her directing philosophy and the hard lesson she had to learn.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Stage Directions: Lobby Hero’s Trip Cullman Reveals Exactly What Happens In His Rehearsal Room by Mervyn Rothstein

The director details his directing technique, his path to the profession, and why he needed to bring Kenneth Lonergan’s play to Broadway.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Stage Directions: TUTS' Dan Knechtges On the Decision That Led to His Big Broadway Break by Mervyn Rothstein

As part of Playbill’s new column with directors exploring the decisions that led to their successes and setbacks, the Spelling Bee choreographer shares his path to helming shows and no…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

How English-Speakers Can Get a Taste of Fine French Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

Theatre in Paris helps non-locals be locals for a night with productions of Grease, West Side Story, and its latest: Cyrano de Bergerac.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Is Shakespeare Still Shakespeare If It’s in French? by Mervyn Rothstein

Director Robert Carsen talks about his new French-language production of The Tempest.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

This Paris Production of Singin’ in the Rain Is Unlike Any You’ve Ever Seen by Mervyn Rothstein

In an homage to the film's period setting, the production features a black-and-white cinematic design.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Why This Production of West Side Story Will Redefine Theatre in Paris by Mervyn Rothstein

Jean-Luc Choplin opens the new Seine Musicale theatre complex with a new production of the classic in hopes of cultivating musical theatre fans in the City of Light.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

How Risk and Range Allowed L.A.’s Center Theatre Group to Become One of the Country’s Most Prosperous by Mervyn Rothstein

How the theatre that launched Broadway’s Amélie and is set to premiere Broadway-bound Crazy For You put itself on the map.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate Brings a ‘Cutting Edge’ to This Connecticut Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

The Westport Country Playhouse isn’t just for small town theatre.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

San Diego’s Old Globe Goes Beyond Shakespeare for a New Type of Public Theatre by Mervyn Rothstein

Artistic director Barry Edelstein talks about making theatre for all.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Keeping the Old Globe As Diverse and Relevant As Its Audiences by Mervyn Rothstein

Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein looks to the San Diego community for programming inspiration

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Bernadette Peters, Martin Short and Neil Simon Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Challenges and Joys of Making The Goodbye Girl by Mervyn Rothstein

The stars and creators of the the tuneful, but short-lived 1993 musical talk about the unexpected challenges of adapting the 1977 film for contemporary theatre audiences.

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Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, and Neil Simon Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Challenges and Joys of The Goodbye Girl by Mervyn Rothstein

The stars and creators of the the tuneful but short-lived 1993 musical talk about the unexpected challenges of adapting the 1977 film for contemporary theatre audiences.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Theatre That Launched Bradley Cooper’s Elephant Man and Bridges of Madison County Previews This Summer’s Season by Mervyn Rothstein

The Tony-winning regional theatre tells you what productions to put on your calendar.

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