2. OCT 2016 UPDATE
Spent the week in Washington DC, doing research at the Folger Shakespeare Library for Coriolanus and seeing shows at Woolly, Shakespeare Theater, Studio, Forum, and Arena. Really impressed with DC's theater scene. Now off to New York!
15. SEPT 2016 UPDATE
Just back from a terrific weekend at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for their first Play On convening. Great to spend time with such a smart group of people and wonderful to see all the shows at OSF.
It begins... My sabbatical from my administrative duties at Cutting Ball starts today. I will still be very involved creatively. I'm directing two mainstage shows: the world premiere of Kat Sherman's Ondine and Paul Walsh's translation of A Dream Play and am translating Carlo Gozzi's The Serpent Woman for Hidden Classics. Outside of Cutting Ball, I'm directing Much Ado About Nothing for the Old Globe's Globe for All Program and my translations of The Chairs and Ubu Roi are being produced by the Pearl Theater in New York and The Garage Theater in New Jersey, respectively. I also have another collaboration in the future with the wonderful Sean San Jose. Cutting Ball is in great hands with Paige Rogers at the helm and I'm extremely excited about having a year to focus on my creative work and my freelance career.
Wonderful reviews for Mount Misery:
“Provocatively intriguing...funny, but decidedly serious...fanciful...confrontational…
Snark would be easy, as would playing to our comfortable notions of right and wrong. Saito’s play, commissioned by and developed with Cutting Ball Artistic Director Rob Melrose...seldom takes an easy way out.”
-Robert Hurwitt, SF Gate
“This clever and provocative new play by Cutting Ball Theater playwright-in-residence Andrew Saito... Saito is too imaginative to settle for a simple parody… In Saito’s probing vision, every character has multiple personality layers, carefully developed by the actors and director Rob Melrose... the playwright makes our checkered history feel all too immediate.”
-Jean Schiffman, SF Examiner
“Rob Melrose has assembled a fine cast of four excellent actors to present this comedy-drama. Yes, there is humor in the play, especially with Lorri Holt playing Joyce Rumsfeld… Director Melrose balances the overlying actions and time period effortlessly.”
-Richard Connema, Talkin' Broadway
[Mount Misery is] marvelously fanciful...Far from the usual glancing fictional encounter in which two historical figures compare notes and then go about their separate business, 'Mount Misery' embeds Douglass and Rumsfeld deep in each other’s lives with tragicomic consequences, and history may never be the same again.”
Mount Misery opens tonight at Cutting Ball!
Hamlet at Stanford University opens tonight!
I'm in rehearsals now for Hamlet at Stanford University. I'm teaching a class with Amy Freed and she is directing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in rep with Hamlet.