Archive for the Indie Theatre Category
Art Stars, Indie Theatre, PLUGS with tags Austin Pendleton, David Mamet, Not My President, Penny Arcade, Tammy Faye Starlite, The Anarchist, theatre, WOW Cafe on February 16, 2017 by travsd
CULTURE & POLITICS, Indie Theatre, Protests, Valentine's Day with tags Charas, El Bohio, rally, theatre on February 13, 2017 by travsd
Indie Theatre, Melodrama and Master Thespians, PLUGS with tags Augustin Daly, Leah the Forsaken, melodrama, Metropolitan Playhouse on February 10, 2017 by travsd
At Travalanche we are of the opinion that all who were once household words…should always be so. My friends at the Metropolitan Playhouse share a similar mission, making the works of pivotal theatremakers from earlier times live and breathe today. One of these is Master of Melodrama Augustin Daly, and their present offering of his play Leah the Forsaken (opening tonight) couldn’t be more timely: it’s all about a persecuted refugee. The more things change, the more they stay the same! The Metropolitan’s work is always top-notch, educational, and thought-provoking. Get your tickets for Leah the Forsaken here.
Indie Theatre, PLUGS with tags Austin Pendleton, Penny Arcade, Tammy Fay Starlite, The Anarchist, theatre, WOW Cafe on February 4, 2017 by travsd
Classical, Indie Theatre, LEGIT, EXPERIMENTAL & MUSICAL THEATRE, Music, PLUGS with tags Dixon Place, Hannah Arendt, Karen Siegel, Martin Heidegger, opera, The Hat, Zsuzsana Ardo on February 3, 2017 by travsd
A couple of years ago we waxed enthusiastic about the samples we heard of The Hat, an opera-in-progress by Karen Siegel and Zsuzsanna Ardo at Opera on Tap’s New Brew series (same folks presenting our opera section tonight). Now Siegel and Ardo’s show is more topical than ever. It’s about the affair between a young Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. It’s been both heartening and dismaying to know that sales of Ardent’s books have gone up the past few weeks (she’s the person who coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the rise of the Nazis). And Heidegger of course, though one of the most brilliant existentialist philosophers of the 20th century, actually became a Nazi apologist! The romance sounded do distant and faraway the last time I heard it. Now it’s hitting terrifyingly close to home.
They’re presenting the whole thing tomorrow night at Dixon Place in the Lounge — admission is free. An edifying way and place in which to spend a winter evening.
Indie Theatre, LEGIT, EXPERIMENTAL & MUSICAL THEATRE, My Family History, PLUGS with tags Bermuda, Jourdaine, Sea Venture, Shakespeare, shipwreck, The Tempest, true story on January 13, 2017 by travsd
Tonight St. Anne’s Warehouse opens its new all-female production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by The Donmar Warehouse. Not only that, but it’s Friday the 13th. A suitable time, I adjudge, to spill a few words on the true story on which most scholars believe Shakespeare based his play, one that is particularly interesting in that it is a rare instance of a Shakespearean reference to America.
In 1609 the London Company launched its Third Supply to the struggling Jamestown Colony, for once acceding to the colonists’ requests to send substantial resources. The company sent 5-600 people on a fleet of seven ships, plus two smaller towed vessels. The flagship was the state-of-the-art, 300-ton Sea Venture. On July 24, 1609, when close to the Americas, the fleet encountered a hurricane. The Sea Venture was separated from the fleet, and took on a disastrous amount of water. The next day, land was sighted, and Admiral Sir George Somers beached the ship, saving the 150 people aboard. It turned out to be the island of Bermuda, where Somers and his people were to be stranded for the next nine months. Unlike the island in Shakespeare’s play, Bermuda at the time had no indigenous population, no Caliban for the colonists to lord it over. And between the ship’s stores and the natural resources of the island, there was no threat of starvation. One might be tempted to call the ordeal an extended holiday, but for the fact that there was much work to be done in converting the remains of the Sea Venture into two new, smaller vessels, called Patience and Deliverance which were to carry the survivors to Jamestown in May, 1610. Among the passengers were two of my ancestors Samuel Jordan and Stephen Hopkins, the latter of whom also had the distinction of also being one of the Mayflower passengers a decade later. Now that is a remarkable life. Two of the other survivors, Silvester Jourdaine (possibly Samuel’s cousin, but unconfirmed) and William Strachey, published their account of the adventure as soon as they returned to England in 1610, one of whose avid readers, most scholars believe, was Shakespeare. Everything about this is modern, relatively speaking: a corporation outfits the journey, the ship was a technological marvel for its day, and then the public gets to read about it. As an inadvertent result of the accident, English colonization of Bermuda commenced almost immediately (1612).
Obviously, as he usually did, Shakespeare drew from multiple sources for The Tempest, but accounts of the wreck of the Sea Venture appear to be among them.