Filed under: Theatre, Script Development, Dramaturgy, Career Advising, BCWJ Page & Stage | Tags: Anne Hamilton, Dramaturg, Playwright, BCWJ Page & Stage, Director, Research, Hamilton Dramaturgy, Dramaturgy, BCWJ, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Download a copy of my last Bucks County Women’s Journal Page & Stage column here: BCWJ Article on Achieving Authenticity on Stage by Anne Hamilton
Achieving Authenticity on Stage
By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA
As a dramaturg, one of my tasks is to do research. Many times, a playwright will need to know specific facts about a time period or a place so that her work will be as authentic as possible. As a master of fine arts student at Columbia University School of the Arts, I was trained to gather, review and summarize materials in order to help playwrights and directors to portray authentic scenes on stage. Whether producing a classic play, or a new one, there is always an information-gathering process which contributes to the finished piece.
How do you go about searching for historical facts in a timely and effective way? When I was in grad school, we would have to visit libraries and special collections, but now the internet offers tremendous resources. The growing national trend for archiving materials online allows us greater access than ever before. And new media resources add to the richness of available materials.
Besides some standard resources, such as online newspapers, dictionaries and encyclopedias, I have some new favorites. For visual, cultural, and historical information, the Metropolitan Museum of Art launched a series called “82nd and Fifth” this year.
According to the museum’s website, “82nd & Fifth is the Met’s address in New York City. It is also the intersection of art and ideas. We’ve invited 100 curators from across the Museum to talk about 100 works of art that changed the way they see the world. Eleven Museum photographers interpret their vision: one work, one curator, two minutes at a time. 82nd & Fifth is a year-long series of 100 episodes.” This beautifully-produced series is a treasure trove of images with cultural contextualization.
Metmuseum.org also describes the Heilbrunn Timeline as an online publication which, “presents the Met’s collection via a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history.” The timeline covers many millennia of artistic creations, which allows the researcher to easily find accurate information. Available online since 2000, it is searchable by works of art, timelines, and thematic essays, from 8,000 B.C. to the present.
The world is at our fingertips.
Anne Hamilton has 22 years of experience as a dramaturg. She is available for script consultations and career advising through email@example.com. Season Three of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! launched with an interview with Kate Valk, The Wooster Group’s leading actress.
Filed under: Dramaturgy, Theatre | Tags: @AnneHamiltonlit, Anne Hamilton, Artist, Dramaturg, Dramaturgy, European Theatre, Hamilton Dramaturgy, International Theatre, Julio Calvo Gonzalez, Photographer, Spain
I have recently made the acquaintance of a wonderful Spanish photographer by the name of Julio Calvo González. Based in the city of Gijón, in the Principality of Asturias in northwest Spain, Julio has worked for several years with Mateo Feijoo, the Artistic Director of the Teatro de La Laboral, and with the Dramatic Arts High School in Gijón.
His portraits, fine art, and live theatrical performance images are all quite beautiful. He is currently working with a North American fashion company, and would like to expand his activities to the U.S. I hope that you will find him to be a great resource. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
His lovely images can be found at http://valentinjulio.wix.com/prueba1.
These two following images come from a project in collaboration with Gijón’s Dramatic Art High School. These students perform pieces from Garcia Lorca and Shakespeare.
All images are copyrighted by Julio Calvo Gonzalez.
A message from the Photographer: Thanks for this opportunity to participate in the world of theatrical arts. I enjoy translating this amazing art form with my concepts of photography and storytelling.
FOTOGRAFÍA - Julio Calvo González
C/ Dolores Ibarruri 3, 2ºA
33401 Avilés- Asturias, Spain
Office: +34 984048179.
Filed under: NYC Theatre, Theatre, Women Theatre Artists, Works by Women | Tags: African-American Theatre, Anne Hamilton, Director, Hamilton Dramaturgy, LPTW, Melissa Maxwell, New Roles for Women, NYC, NYC Theatre, Playwright, talf, TALFs, Women Theatre Artists
One Performance Only!
With New Monologues about or in the Voices of Children
ASP commissioned African American writers to examine the 419 graves of the anonymous men, women and children who lived in colonial New York and are buried at the African Burial Ground.
The writers imagined their lives. These are their…Unheard Voices, a monologue play with music
Conceived by Judy Tate
Written by the ASP Writers’ Collective
Directed by Melissa Maxwell
Monday, October 21st, 7pm
170 Central Park West @ 77th St., NYC
Free For Educators and Students!
RSVP to: email@example.com or call (212) 485-9293
Featuring: Lynnette Freeman, Larry Floyd, Melissa Murray-Mutch, Devin Haqq
Original vocals by Aramide Ferguson and Percussion by Baba Don Eaton
Featuring writing by:Keith Josef Adkins, Dennis Allen II, Joshua Allen, Cassandra Medley, Dominique Morisseau, Harrison Rivers, Judy Tate, Alexander Thomas and Cori Thomas
For more info visit the website: www.americanslaveryproject.org
The American Slavery Project is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Vera Institute of Justice.
Filed under: Dramaturgy, HD Clients, NYC Theatre, Script Development, Theatre | Tags: Actor, Anne Hamilton, Broadway, Cabaret, Carol Lawrence, George Marcy, Hamilton Dramaturgy, Musical, WEST SIDE STORY
Broadwayworld.com published a wonderful review by Stephen Hanks of George Marcy’s I WISH I WERE TWINS. Read the article here: http://www.broadwayworld.com/cabaret/article/At-86-Broadway-Veteran-GEORGE-MARCY-Sings-and-Taps-His-Way-Into-Hearts-At-Dont-Tell-Mama-20131002
At 86, Broadway Veteran GEORGE MARCY Sings and Taps His Way Into Hearts At Don’t Tell Mama
by Stephen Hanks, October 2, 2013
Cabaret Reviews and Commentary by Stephen Hanks
Now that the legendary Elaine Stritch and Julie Wilson have retired from performing, the only celebrity 80-plusers who are still regulars on the cabaret circuit are the equally legendary Barbara Cook and Marilyn Maye. But now there’s another octogenarian on the scene and while he may not be a legend, George Marcy is an 86-year-old former Broadway musical theater actor/dancer who recently staged a totally charming and entertaining show at Don’t Tell Mama.
Marcy was the understudy to Ken LeRoy in the role of “Bernardo”–opposite Chita Rivera’s “Anita”–in the original Broadway production of West Side Story in 1957 and subsequently played in more than 850 performances between Broadway and various out-of-town productions. Marcy also appeared in the original Broadway productions of Damn Yankees (1955), Carnival! (1961), Billy (1969), and played Conrad Birdie in out-of-town productions of Bye, Bye, Birdie (1967).
Marcy certainly didn’t seem 86, let alone over 40, during the second night of his recent show I Wish I Were Twins at Don’t Tell Mama (September 23 and 29). Wonderfully and sensitively directed by his close friend Carol Lawrence, West Side Story’s original “Maria,” Marcy bounded onto the stage wearing a black vest and red hat and opened with the up-tempo Lee Adams/Charles Strouse song “Stick Around,” from the 1964 musical Golden Boy and set the tone for the evening: “Stick around, things are gonna happen . . . Fireworks, stick around and see . . .” Fireworks? This veteran hoofer performed as if he was shot out of a cannon, producing the energy and spirit of a man, well, 60 years younger. “I’m 86 and I don’t need a walker,” Marcy proudly proclaimed and then proceeded to prove it by tapping his way through Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren’s “I Wanna Be a Dancin’ Man.”
There probably isn’t a more honest and heartfelt reading of Herbert Kretzmer’s lyric of the Charles Aznavour ballad “Yesterday When I Was Young” then when it comes from someone with almost a century of life experience and Marcy’s take on the song was the ideal mix of emotion laced with tenderness. He then donned a black sequin jacket and black top hat and returned to Fred Astaire mode, showing off his still finely tuned rhythmic sense on Irving Berlin’s “Putting On The Ritz,” with a little bit of Cole Porter’s “Too Darn Hot” tacked on for good measure. Another hat change came–purple this time–for Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man,” with Marcy’s Musical Director/Pianist Christine Sutin (who did a fine job throughout, as did Boots Maleson on bass and Aaron Russell on drums) leading him on a lounge lizardy arrangement that Marcy pulled off with a solid rendition of Cohen’s seductive lyrics.
It would be a total upset if someone of Marcy’s background didn’t nail Stephen Sondheim’s “Broadway Baby” and the old trooper came through, knocking it out of the park with energy to spare. Marcy and Lawrence made a savvy choice having the performer speak-sing the lyric to “I Understand,” turning it into a number of wistfulness and longing. But that was nothing compared to the emotional reaction Marcy engendered as he dramatically alternated from singing to talking on Charles Aznavour’s transgender soliloquy “What Makes a Man a Man.”
Marcy showed off remarkable endurance and resilience for a man his age with a finale on the up-tempo “Happy Ending,” the Danny Kaye number from the 1951 film On The Riviera. “Performing is what I have to do to feel alive,” Marcy told a supportive audience, before offering a heartfelt version of Peter Allen’s “Once Before I Go.” And what could be more self-revealing than an 86-year-old Broadway musical theater warhorse still spry enough to tap dance around a stage singing this lyric: Once before I go, I want you to know . . . That I would do it all again . . . I’m sure I’d make the same mistakes . . . But I could make it through, the pains and joys and aches . . . I knew back then, I’d do it all . . . I’d do it all again
Something tells me that before he goes, George Marcy will be doing it all again, not once but many times. Keep on tappin’, George.
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Filed under: Dramaturgy, NYC Theatre, Script Development, Theatre | Tags: Anne Hamilton, David Adjmi, FEED, Hamilton Dramaturgy, MARIE ANTOINETTE, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC Theatre, Script Development, SoHo Rep
SoHo Rep in NYC has announced its fifth season of FEED, an outstanding series of educational and cultural events, in conjunction with its upcoming production of David Adjmi’s MARIE ANTOINETTE. Under the direction of Literary & Humanities Manager Raphael Martin, the series offers, “thematic live events, multimedia and publications that give you something to chew on before and after the show.” I feel that this is an exemplary series, and a terrific example for other dramaturgs to follow. Martin will lead a creative team talk with Adjmi and the director Rebecca Taichman directly after the performance on October 15th.
Other events include: A private tour of the ‘Artists and Amateurs’ at The Met Museum; a one-woman play called THE LETTERS OF MARIE ANTOINETTE at the French Institute -Alliance Francais; a discussion between Todd London, Marcus Gardley and Emily entitled, “What is a History Play?”; a writing workshop by Adjmi on “How to Grow a New Play”; and a lecture on French interior design by NYU’s Professor of Art History Meredith Martin.
MARIE ANTOINETTE: CREATIVE TEAM TALK
October 15, 2013
Begins directly after the production. Free.
Director Rebecca Taichman and playwright David Adjmi
Join playwright David Adjmi and director Rebecca Taichman as they speak about this new production of MARIE ANTOINETTE. What have they learned from working on the play in three very different settings? What has the job of re-envisioning been like for them? What is the history of their collaboration? In conversation with Literary & Humanities Manager Raphael Martin.
Filed under: Dramaturgy, NYC Theatre, Script Development, Theatre, Women Theatre Artists | Tags: America-In-Play, Anne Hamilton, Dramaturg, Dramaturgy, Hamilton Dramaturgy, NYC Theatre, Women Theatre Artists
Regretfully, due to many uncertainties regarding the projects I would be involved in, as well as my current growing professional commitments and obligations, I have turned in my resignation as Senior Dramaturg of America-in-Play. I am sending many good wishes to the company in all of its endeavors.
Filed under: Dramaturgy, HD Clients, New Musicals, NYC Theatre, Script Development, Theatre, Women Theatre Artists, Works by Women | Tags: Anne Hamilton, composer, Dramaturg, Dramaturgy, Hamilton Dramaturgy, HD Client, HD Clients, Librettist, Lyricist, New Musicals, NYC, NYC Theatre, PUMPED, Women Theatre Artists, Works by Women
PUMPED will hold two invitation-only readings directed by Evan Pappas this week in New York City. I’ve been working as a dramaturg for the creative team for a couple of months, and have enjoyed every minute of it. Congratulations!
Read about it here on playbill.com: