• Thumbnail Sketch Of The Anspacher Theater

    By Sarah Hammond on July 28, 2008 at 12:45 AM
    Production / New York

    The old skylights of the gently curved ceiling have been cleaned and lit softly from behind. Red velvet curtains draw on motorized tracks backing the second level colonnades.
    On the fourth side of the room, behind the stage, two of the classical columns have been stripped down to their iron shafts and made part of a supporting structure for lights, sound baffles, and a second-story catwalk.
    All this 'working equipment' left bare and painted a deliberately contrasting black: modern structural 'brutalism' played against genteel Victorian propriety. It is a theatrical exercise in the esthetics of contrast, and it works. The theater has beauty and charm. It says a lot, in succinct architectural terms, of change and continuity in slightly more than a century - one of the most fascinating centuries in the history of the adventure called civilization.

    From a New York Times feature by Ada Louise Huxtable, c. 1966-7

  • That Other Green

    By Sarah Hammond on July 11, 2008 at 1:12 AM
    Performances / Life

    When I was a kid I used to get bad motion sickness and did actually turn a pale shade of green from time to time (which is not why the play is called Green Girl, by the way, so don't read that in). There's a story my mom likes to tell about two-year old Sarah puking on Papa's fancy shoes while trapped on a moving sidewalk in a Hong Kong airport. Had mortal fear of roller coasters till age 15. I've thrown up on four continents.

  • In The Dead Line Graveyard

    By Sarah Hammond on July 4, 2008 at 1:31 AM
    Production / Rehearsals / Life

    So we're having dreams about the play now. Our director, Wendy McClellan, has been having some sort of Harry Potter/Green Girl hybrid dream which I don't really care to know the details of, so I'll let it lie. Keira, the lead, our trenchcoat-wearing dagger-eyed swampgirl, had a kind of beautiful dream last week about walking into a thrift store in Astoria and stumbling across her character's perfect & strange makeshift kitchen table in that thrift store, which she wanted to bring back to us, but it was, of course, a dream.

  • Shoestring

    By Sarah Hammond on June 27, 2008 at 1:43 AM
    Rehearsals

    Maybe I'm craven, but rehearsal's my favorite part.

    I like the play when everything's invisible and imaginary and it's just a fluorescent-lit rehearsal room, with the annoying drone of the AC, and the actors in their tee-shirts figuring out the words, pieces of their scripts lying on the floor, playing pretend, with no sparkle or applause, not yet. The real play, the heart stuff, is here.

  • Sing This Play

    By Sarah Hammond on June 20, 2008 at 2:01 AM
    Life

    Antidote to first draft claustrophobia that happens around page 40 of the new play:*

     

 

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