More than 500 years after his initial journey to the New World, Christopher Columbus will once again Go West! on the stage of the Amphitheater.
Go West! is the first major inter-arts project produced by Chautauqua Institution that includes the visual arts element on the stage. Don Kimes, artistic director of VACI, explains how the images will be presented, and how the visual arts play a role in Go West!
After last year’s The Romeo & Juliet Project, Go West! is the second inter-arts collaboration produced by Chautauqua Institution. This year, it is an original show created by the artistic leadership of Chautauqua, spearheaded by Chautauqua Theater Company associate artistic director Andrew Borba. In this video, Borba talks about what Go West! is all about.
Vivienne Benesch describes Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2014 production schedule as a painstakingly composed brussels sprouts dish, laden with pancetta and cheese, meant to melt in the audience’s mouth.
A Raisin in the Sun is an American story. A story about family, generational change, ambition — and racial discrimination. Chautauqua Theater Company’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s play represents several firsts. It’s the first time a black female playwright will be produced in Bratton Theater. It’s also the first time that CTC’s conservatory features more than 50 percent non-white actors.
The Chautauqua Theater Company hopes to inspire dialogue about diversity as it kicks off the 2014 season with new work like The May Queen and classic work like A Raisin in the Sun.
Sadly, even for the most devout theater and film lovers, authentic props are usually unattainable.
Renowned literary critic Harold Bloom has a deep appreciation of William Shakespeare, identifying the playwright as the inventor of human personality in his book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human.
While gearing up for the recently closed Broadway play Lucky Guy, actor Deirdre Lovejoy sat in the house during technical rehearsals writing a script for her new one-woman show.
Guest review by Rebecca J. Ritzel
How many circus performers can you fit into the Bratton Theater?
Saturday’s opening of The Comedy of Errors was the theatrical equivalent of watching more than 20 clowns, conjurers, strongmen and bearded ladies come scrambling out of a Mini Cooper. Every curtain up could reveal a mermaid or yet another lion tamer. The costumes, sets and props are of nearly Broadway caliber. Much of the acting is outstanding, and clever gags — like having a swordfish fight instead of a swordfight — are liberally sprinkled through the show.