Sunday, September 07, 2014

Worth a Look

Here are a few posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time:

Mathematician Posits Magic Formula for Broadway Hits

Variety: Any Broadway producer will tell you there’s no magic formula for Broadway success. But that doesn’t stop some people from trying to find one. Particularly statisticians. Suspecting there’s a golden ratio that might help explain “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Lion King” or “Wicked,” mathematician Marc Hershberg gave it a go, crunching the numbers as part of his graduate studies in the Department of Organizational Behavior at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Miranda Wright and Practicing Performance in Los Angeles

HowlRound: Miranda Wright doesn’t want to be pegged—not yet. “I’m definitely not interested in what theater is supposed to be,” says the founder and artistic director of Los Angeles Performance Practice. “I'm really interested in breaking those walls down.” She also doesn’t want to be known as the producer of experimental work in Los Angeles, a reputation that is starting to follow her. Her ambitions are for Los Angeles live performance, which is also frequently pegged—the biggest cliché being the independent showcase production by actors trying to attract movie and television casting directors. Wright wants Los Angeles to be known as a place where experimental performance is thriving. Because it is.

Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S.

NPR: The Trojan Women, by Euripides, is a Greek tragedy written 2,500 years ago that war keeps timely.

It's about a group of women who struggle to survive in Troy after the town has been sacked. When one of the women cries out, "Our country, our conquered country, perishes ... O land that reared my children!" it's hard not to hear those words echo today, through Syria, in Iraq and in Ukraine.

Touring Life and Motherhood or How You Can’t Have it All

SoundGirls: After the birth of my daughters, I took some time off and did not work at all. As reality sunk in, I came to realize that touring was going to be difficult if not impossible. I thought about going back to school and getting a teaching degree – still one of the professions that allows for a schedule to be with your kids. I eventually returned to Los Angeles and took on a general manager role at Rat Sound – which really was doing a bit of everything, similar to what I did before but kept me off the road.

‘Throwback Thursday’: 1960 Stagehands at Work This week’s “Throwback Thursday” feature takes us back to 1960 in an AFL-CIO film that goes backstage for a close look at the work the members of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) perform from “play in” to curtain up.

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