Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Worth a Look

Here are some articles from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time:

Director Robert Lepage: risking it all

Stage | The Guardian: Robert Lepage sits sipping coffee in a vast wicker chair at an old coking plant in Germany's Rhineland, looking impish. Meeting him here feels a bit like finding him on the set of one of his own productions: typically otherworldly and full of surreal encounters.

Gaycism and The New Normal: The “Hot” Trend This TV Season is Bigotry

In Our Words: In recent months, there’s been a lot of chatter on the interwebs about this thing called “gaycism” on the TV. As defined by Lauren Bans of GQ, gaycism is “the wrongheaded idea that having gay characters gives you carte blanche to cut PC corners elsewhere.” In her example, Bans cites shows like Modern Family and freshman comedy Partners as emblematic of this trend. Modern Family is an Emmy-juggernaut, a critical darling and a much-lauded champion of LGBT characterization on TV, but that progressivism comes at the expense of Gloria, the lone woman of color. Sofia Vergara is a terrific comedienne and kills in the role, but the brunt of her jokes revolve around her flimsy command of the English language. Gloria’s B-story FOR AN ENTIRE EPISODE revolved around her use of malapropisms, like “doggy dog world” and “don’t give me an old tomato,” because being foreign and sexy is her whole purpose on the show.

False Equivalency: Broadway Is Not The American Theatre

Howard Sherman: I’m sorry, but I can’t read a statement like that and keep silent. The above quote is taken from a blog by Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar and one of three organizers of TEDx Broadway, which will take place this January for the second year. Jim organizes the event along with producer Ken Davenport and Damian Bazadona of Situation Interactive. I attended last year’s event and furiously live-blogged it; there was some very interesting conversation that day and what struck me about it was how little it spoke specifically to Broadway and how much of the content spoke to issues of theatre as a whole. But as much as I’ve enjoyed meeting Jim and communicating with him subsequent to last year’s event, my response to his premise is at least dismay, if not outright offense.

Creating Goodspeed's Artist Village: The first of its kind in the nation, its a dream realized

YouTube: Goodspeed Musicals' dream of building an Artists Village is finally a reality. Seventeen new homes to be used for actor housing on the Goodspeed Campus in East Haddam, Conn. are complete. The new actor housing initiative represents the largest capital project in Goodspeed history with a total budget of $5.5 million dollars all of which were spent in-state. Eighteen contractors and twenty-six suppliers from the state of Connecticut, many located right in Middlesex County, were used for this "green" project.

Rural Theater in a Democracy

HowlRound: We know that, in the aggregate, incomes and life expectancies in rural America are significantly lower; infant mortality rates and drug abuse significantly higher. Presently, there is insufficient attention to such disparities—per capita federal spending remains persistently lower in rural communities, and only 1 percent of private foundation giving in all categories reaches rural nonprofit organizations. We also know these disparities persist in a grinding recession that has affected middle- and working-class and economically poor people regardless of geography.

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