Speaking Youth to Power: The Next Theater Generation

  Hallie Gordon, a Chicago theater professional who helped found and now oversees Steppenwolf Theatre Company's program promoting theater among youth, delivered what might become the most urgent message to emerge from Theatre … [Read more...]

Stehlin on ‘Titus’: Finding Narrative in Abstraction

If you indulge in the HBO series Weeds, you know Jack Stehlin. And if you don't know his role as Drug Enforcement Agency Captain Roy Till, you probably know him from any number of "angry cop" roles he's played throughout the years. So perhaps his … [Read more...]

Relentless: ‘Titus Redux’

Here's a parlor game for all your dramaturg friends: Prod them for their opinions of William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. The aesthetes among them will point out that no less than T.S. Eliot called it "one of the stupidest and most uninspired … [Read more...]

Fear and Brooding: Twain’s ‘Ghost Story’

Read Mark Twain's A Ghost Story and you'll get a hybrid tale that teases readers with all the clichéd elements of suspense but ends with one of the author's signature lessons on human folly. See the story adapted from page to stage in a 20-minute … [Read more...]

L.A. Times Forum Tackles Question of ‘Theater Town’

Is Los Angeles a Theater Town? A resounding “maybe.” The Los Angeles Times roundtable began with a contentious question portending more than its share of blood in the water: "Is Los Angeles a Theater Town?" But the sharks of LA’s theater … [Read more...]