December 2011

American Theatre December 2011 Cover

From the Executive Director

A High-Impact Year

Editor's Note

from Jim O'Quinn


The Parent Trap
By Rob Weinert-Kendt

Global Spotlight

Compiled by Nicole Estvanik Taylor


The Prevalence of Projections

By David Barbour

Projection in the theatre is nearly as old as theatre itself, but recent technological advances have made it easier to use–and misuse

The Magician's Tale

By Chloe Veltman

The trick for these performers is using illusion to tell a story

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Triple Threats

Moderated by Rob Weinert-Kendt

Emily Mann and Chay Yew write and direct plays, and they run theatres. Not necessarily in that order

IN PRINT for December 2011

The complete text of Thomas Bradshaw's The Ashes, including an interview with the playwright by Young Jean Lee; Lydia Diamond's Stick Fly flies to Broadway; Eliza Bent searches for community with Will MacAdams; Vanessa Gilbert on the Magdalena Project's traveling sisterhood; books that make great stocking stuffers; Round House's immersive Fahrenheit 451; 20 questions for playwright/actor Geoffrey Nauffts

December 2011 Collage

ON THE COVER: Christopher Andrew Loar, left, and John Forkner in Reid Farrington's 'A Christmas Carol' , presented by Foxy Films and Abrons Art Center in New York City this month (photo by Chris Kateff). TOP PHOTO: Tina Alexis Allen and Stephen Payne amid audience and projections in Charles L. Mee's Fire Island, at 3LD Art & Technology Center (photo by Jeff Morey).

ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Will MacAdams performs Bountiful at New York City's 168th Street Greenmarket this past July (photo by Mino Lora); sharing the "Final Round" of comments at the close of the 2005 Magdalena Project festival in Providence, R.I. are, l. to r., Margaret Cameron, Martha Brunzos, Vanessa Gilbert, Gilly Adams, Jill Greenhalgh, Julia Varley and Sanja Krsmanovic Tasic; Nikkole Salter, Jason Dirden, Billy Eugene Jones and Rosie Benton in the 2010 Arena Stage production of Stick Fly (photo by Scott Suchman)