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POLAR BEARS FALLING AND WOLVES BURNING

Polar Bears Falling and Wolves Burning: Climate Change Theatre Action at The Ohio State University

December 3, 2019 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Polar Bears Falling and Wolves Burning

As part of the Climate Change Theatre Action program at The Ohio State University, the Department of Theatre will present staged readings of eight new plays including:

Hassan Abdulrazzak – LAILA PINES FOR THE WOLF
Alister Emerson  – SIX POLAR BEARS FELL OUT OF THE SKY THIS MORNING
Andrea Lepcio – IF NOT NOW
Joan Lipkin – ABOUT THAT CHOCOLATE BAR
Julie McKee – A HOLIDAY ON ICE IN A WARM CLIMATE
Sunny Drake – ABSOLUTELY NOTHING OF ANY MEANING
Damon Chua – STEAMY SESSION IN A SINGAPORE SPA
Paula Cizmar – APPEALING

This program is produced as part of the course “International Theatre and Performance: Contemporary Women Playwrights” taught by Dr. Lesley Ferris. Produced in cooperation with Dr. Beth Kattelman, Curator of Theatre at the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute and Laura J. Kissel, Polar Curator.

Directors of Staged Readings: Matt Cantelon, Ashley Dunn, and Aubrey H. Neumann

Actors: Murt Byrne, Emma Farrenkopf, Sarah Figlik, Will Higgins, Joseph McFaddin, Marc Reis, Jordan Booker

Shakespeare Among the Suicide Bombers: The Turmoil of Theater in Modern Afghanistan

Shakespeare Among the Suicide Bombers: The Turmoil of Theater in Modern Afghanistan

Shakespeare Among the Suicide Bombers:
The Turmoil of Theater in Modern Afghanistan

SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT RESEARCH – #8

SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT RESEARCH – #8 –

Meet Cade Sikora!

2018 William Case Kramer Fellowship Recipient

Cade Sikora MFA student in theatrical design

Cade Sikora MFA student in theatrical design

Cade Sikora, MFA student in theatrical design was the recipient of the 2018 William Case Kramer Fellowship. In the summer of 2018 Cade used the fellowship to support his travel to London, where he conducted research on the theatrical designer Maria Björnson (1949 – 2002), most widely known for creating the costume and set designs for the original production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera. While in London Cade was able to interview several theatrical professionals who had worked with Björnson and to see many of her original costume and set renderings and other artifacts held in the Maria Björnson Archive.

Cade has given several presentations on the research he conducted with Kramer Fund support, including a very well-received talk at the recent Mid-America Theatre Conference in Cleveland. He plans on continuing his work on Björnson’s career and has an article that will appear in the next issue of Theatre Design and Technology (TD&T) the publication of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

If you are interested in getting involved in using TRI special collections as a basis for your research, please contact Dr. Beth Kattelman, Curator of Theatre, kattelman.1@osu.edu.

SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT RESEARCH Number 7

SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT RESEARCH – #7

Isaiah Johnson Wins Category at Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival

 

saiah Johnson presents his research at the Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival

Isaiah Johnson presents his research at the Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival

The TRI is proud to announce that Isaiah Johnson came in first place in his category at the Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival. Johnson was a recipient of one of the Library’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships, which funded his research at the TRI during the summer 2018 term.  (see https://library.osu.edu/site/theatre-research-institute/2018/06/21/spotlight-student-research-6/)

At the festival Johnson competed in the “Lived Experiences of Human Societies” category of the 3-Minute Thesis competition where he presented “The Great Mediator: Jeff Corey Collection.” For his presentation, Johnson discussed the findings gleaned from his work at the TRI with the Jeff Corey Collection. Corey was an Actor who became active in the free speech movement after he was blacklisted in the 1950s. In the Corey Collection, Johnson found a great deal of material related to the protests that were taking place on college campuses during the late 1960s. Using that research as a catalyst, Johnson compared the riots that took place at UC Berkeley in 1967 with those that broke out on the Berkeley campus in 2017 and noted that we have made little progress in our ability to listen to opposing viewpoints with civility. Johnson pointed out that, if we are ever to break out of the recurring cycle of protest and political divide, we need to employ better communication skills, and perhaps seek out skilled mediators.

Johnson worked with advisor Beth Kattelman, TRI Curator of Theatre, to craft his presentation. He remains interested in the information found in the Corey Collection, and hopes to eventually create a theatre piece from his work with the materials.

CONGRATULATIONS ISAIAH!!

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Isaiah Johnson Wins Category at Autumn Undergraduate Research Festival

50 Years of the OSU Department of Dance

Celebrating 50 Years of the OSU Department of Dance

The OSU Department of Dance is celebrating its 50th year.

This video by Diego Arellano, Student Assistant with the Thompson Library Special Collections, showcases the historical milestone of the OSU Department of Dance’s 50th anniversary. Through interviews with some of the faculty and students we get a good glimpse about the lasting impression the department has left on the history of dance and what the future holds!

50 Years of the OSU Department of Dance

Hear and see what —

Susan Hadley, Chair of the OSU Department of Dance;

Daniel Roberts, Assistant Professor, Department of Dance;

Crystal Michelle Perkins, Assistant Professor, Department of Dance;

Mason Chapello, Student, Dance Major, Department of Dance;

have to say in this video created by Diego Arellano, Student Assistant with the Thompson Library Special Collections and produced by the OSU Libraries’ Thompson Library Special Collections.

 

See also Nena Couch’s Blog: Dance in the Atrium October 18

 

 

TED LANGE TO DELIVER THE ANNUAL JEROME LAWRENCE AND ROBERT E. LEE THEATRE RESEARCH INSTITUTE LECTURE

TED LANGE TO DELIVER THE ANNUAL

JEROME LAWRENCE AND ROBERT E. LEE

 THEATRE RESEARCH INSTITUTE LECTURE

 

Ted Lange

TED LANGE TO DELIVER THE ANNUAL
JEROME LAWRENCE AND ROBERT E. LEE
THEATRE RESEARCH INSTITUTE LECTURE

On Wednesday, September 5th The Ohio State University’s Department of Theatre will present the annual Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute Lecture to be delivered by performing artist Ted Lange. He will be speaking on “The Changing Landscape of Working in Show Business.”

A prolific actor of stage and screen, Lange may be best known for his work on the television series The Loveboat, but he is also a skilled director, author, and educator whose talents have brought worldwide recognition. He certainly exemplifies the Renaissance Man Theatre Award that he received from the NAACP in Los Angeles and the Heroes and Legends (HAL) Lifetime Achievement Award.  On May 10, 2018, Lange also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his ‘Contribution to the History of Television’ for his work on The Loveboat

A graduate of London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Lange made his Broadway acting debut in the musical hit Hair. His theatrical acting career spans over fifty plays including South Coast Repertory’s Piano Lesson, Sunshine Boys, Biloxi Blues, and a national tour of Driving Miss Daisy. Lange is also a prolific playwright, having written more than twenty five plays. His latest, The Cause, My Soul, the prequel to Othello, was presented at the Odyssey Theatre and at the North Carolina Black Theatre Festival winning the NAACP Theatre Awards’ Best Play of 2017.

Lange sometimes serves as an adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Cinema/Television at USC, where he teaches a weekly course in film directing.  In addition, he also lectures on Shakespeare and acting at high schools and colleges across the nation. When asked about the diversity of his career, Lange states, “The duty of the Artist is to find his muse, then let her rip.”

Lange’s papers reside in the TED LANGE COLLECTION at the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute. They are available to researchers worldwide. For more information on the collection visit https://library.osu.edu/finding-aids/ead/TRI/SPEC.TRI.TL.xml

Lecture:

THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF WORKING IN SHOW BUSINESS.

Date and Time:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Location:

Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center,1849 Cannon Dr., Columbus OH 43210

Tickets:

Free and open to the public. No tickets required

CARIDAD SVICH RECEIVES THE ELLEN STEWART AWARD

CARIDAD SVICH RECEIVES THE ELLEN STEWART AWARD

by

Kapil Vasudev

 

On August 3, 2018, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) announced the recipients of its 2018 awards at the ATHE 2018 annual conference in Boston. The 10 awards recognize excellence in education and professional theatre, and are determined by committees comprised of professionals in the field of theatre education. Among the honorees was Caridad Svich, an award-winning playwright, songwriter, editor, and translator, who received the Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre.

Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich

Svich has produced over 25 plays exploring issues of identity, dislocation, biculturalism and bilingualism, and migration both physical and spiritual. She has won numerous awards for her work as a playwright, including the 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition to her artistic work, Svich is the founder of NoPassport, a grassroots theatre alliance and press that is devoted to Pan-American performance, theory, action, advocacy, and publication. Svich also works as a theatrical translator, primarily of the dramatic work of Federico Garcia Lorca.

Caridad Svich has a strong connection to the Ohio State University. As the 2001 James Thurber Playwright-In-Residence, she taught a course on playwriting for the Theatre Department. She also delivered the keynote address at the 2014 OSU Graduate Theatre Symposium. The Theatre Research Institute holds the Caridad Svich Collection, which includes playscripts, correspondence, essays, and interviews. The collection is the gift of Caridad Svich.

SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT RESEARCH – #6

SPOTLIGHT ON STUDENT RESEARCH – #6

Meet Isaiah Johnson!

Isaiah Johnson: OSU senior

Isaiah Johnson: OSU senior

Isaiah Johnson is a senior at Ohio State studying theatre and political science with a minor in economics. He has been an active participant in the Department of Theatre, most recently acting in Marisol; Maybe, Baby It’s You; and The Merry Wives of Windsor. In the spring he was accepted into the University Library’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship program, where he has been conducting research in the Theatre Research Institute’s Jeff Corey Collection, a collection of the personal papers of the well-respected 20th century character actor, director, and teacher Jeff Corey.

 

Jeff Corey Collection SPEC.TRI.JC

Jeff Corey Collection SPEC.TRI.JC

Corey’s stature in the film community as a leftist brought him to the doorstep of the House Un-American Committee (HUAC) in the fifties. His refusal to name names to the committee put him on a Hollywood blacklist, leaving him without any roles for twelve years. During his blacklisting, Corey took up teaching as a means to make ends meet. His background in Stanislavski, Brecht, Method, and Chekov made him a highly sought-out teacher. Corey taught nearly ten thousand students over his forty-year career, including some who went on to become extremely famous including: Jack Nicholson, James Dean, Barbra Streisand, Carol Burnett, Robin Williams, and Leonard Nimoy.

Isaiah has been studying Corey’s collection in order to develop a new play based on his life. Using inspiration from items in the collection, Isaiah hopes to write a show that parallels elements of political intensity and perceptions of media based “threats to freedom” during Jeff’s blacklisting period with those of today.

Isaiah plans to submit his play to the Department of Theatre’s Lab Series program for an opportunity of a first showing in the spring, the final semester before he graduates in May.

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Meet Isaiah Johnson!

 

GRADUATE DESIGNERS EXPLORE TRI COLLECTIONS

GRADUATE DESIGNERS EXPLORE TRI COLLECTIONS

 

Seven students enrolled in a Theatre graduate design seminar presented their research findings at the end of spring semester 2018. Each student examined a collection from the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute aligned with their specific research interest.

 

Justin Miller and his renderings for Guys and Dolls from 1984

Justin Miller and his renderings for Guys and Dolls from 1984

Justin Miller, scene design MFA, studied the work of Russell Hastings (former scene design faculty at Ohio State) and his renderings for Guys and Dolls from 1984, with an eye to calculating production costs, inflation, and other factors for a hypothetical remount in 2018.

 

 

Cynthia Overton looks at Robert Fletcher’s costume designs for Star Trek television.

Cynthia Overton looks at Robert Fletcher’s costume designs for Star Trek television.

Cynthia Overton, costume design MFA, looked at Robert Fletcher’s costume designs for Star Trek television and films from the Gerald Kahan collection. She applied design inspiration from the pieces to reimagine and render several of her own designs.

 

 

Cade Sikora looked at the Kahan collection, the Carrie Robbins and Robert Cothran collections.

Cade Sikora looked at the Kahan collection, the Carrie Robbins and Robert Cothran collections.

Cade Sikora, scene design MFA, also looked at the Kahan collection, as well as the Carrie Robbins and Robert Cothran collections, in order to analyze specific design and rendering techniques for opera from 1882 to the present.

 

 

Carrie Cox investigated the lighting designs of Louise Guthman (former faculty member in the OSU Dance Department).

Carrie Cox investigated the lighting designs of Louise Guthman (former faculty member in the OSU Dance Department).

Carrie Cox, staff member from Dance, investigated lighting designs of Louise Guthman (former faculty member in the Dance Department). Ms. Guthman worked internationally as well as locally with Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater in the 1990s, and Carrie wanted to discover the essential light plot requirements for Pimsler when touring to various theatres.

 

 

Kelsey Gallagher examined the Thomas R. Skelton Collection.

Kelsey Gallagher examined the Thomas R. Skelton Collection.

Kelsey Gallagher, lighting design MFA, examined the Thomas R. Skelton collection to explore what Mr. Skelton considered to be white light in his visual vocabulary.

 

 

Julianne Nogar examined the Skelton collection and materials in the Marcel Marceau collection.

Julianne Nogar examined the Skelton collection and materials in the Marcel Marceau collection.

Julianne Nogar, costume design MFA, also examined the Skelton collection and materials in the Marcel Marceau collection. With an emphasis in both costume and mime, Julianne investigated lighting techniques for Marceau performances and considered how lighting can be used in 21st Century Mime storytelling. She presented her findings with the help of mime partner Gabriel Simms.

 

 

Cassie Lenz delved into the Jaroslav Malina collection.

Cassie Lenz delved into the Jaroslav Malina collection.

Cassie Lenz, scene design MFA, delved into the Jaroslav Malina collection to inquire as to where the principles of Action Design could be used to inform and enhance scenery that requires elements that contradict those principles.

 

 

OUR GRADUATE DESIGNERS WHO EXPLORED THE TRI COLLECTIONS

OUR GRADUATE DESIGNERS WHO EXPLORED THE TRI COLLECTIONS

 

The lecture/demonstrations were attended by faculty, staff and students of the Theatre Department, and they resulted in a fascinating and informative experience for all!


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2018 MARGO JONES AWARD

Paula Vogel Receives the 2018 Margo Jones Award

at New York City Ceremony

 

 

Paula Vogel accepts the 2018 Margo Jones Award (photo by Anne Sterling)

Paula Vogel accepts the 2018 Margo Jones Award (photo by Anne Sterling)

On April 21, 2018 Damon Jaggars, Vice Provost and Director of The Ohio State University Libraries, Beth Kattelman, Curator of Theatre for the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute (TRI), Nena Couch, Head of Thompson Special Collections and Curator of TRI, and Mary Tarantino, Director of TRI traveled to New York City to present the Margo Jones Award to playwright Paula Vogel at a ceremony held at the Second Stage Theatre on W. 43rd Street. Lawrence and Lee family members Deborah Robison, niece of Jerome Lawrence, Lucy Lee and Jonathan Barlow Lee, children of Robert E. Lee and Jonathan’s wife Neila were also in attendance, as well as Judy Jones, Margo Jones’ niece and Judy’s cousin Roy Hill.

The Margo Jones Award was established in 1961 by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, and has been administered by the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute at The Ohio State University since 1993. It commemorates a pioneer of the regional theatre movement who, at her theatre in Dallas, Texas, produced many new works, including Lawrence and Lee’s groundbreaking play Inherit the Wind. The Margo Jones Award is given annually to “that citizen-of-the-theatre who has demonstrated a significant impact, understanding and affirmation of the craft of playwriting, with a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theatre everywhere.”

Damon Jaggars presents Margo Jones Award medal to Paula Vogel (photo by Anne Sterling)

Damon Jaggars presents Margo Jones Award medal to Paula Vogel (photo by Anne Sterling)

This year the honor has been bestowed upon Paula Vogel, a Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright who has not only written numerous prize-winning plays herself, but who also has been a mentor to many emerging playwrights. Most recently, Vogel has received accolades for her play Indecent, which opened on Broadway in April 2017, and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. How I Learned to Drive received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Lucille Lortel Prize, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, and a 1997 OBIE Award. Vogel’s other works include The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession, A Civil War Christmas and Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq

 

Christina Anderson introduces Paula Vogel (photo by Anne Sterling)

Christina Anderson introduces Paula Vogel (photo by Anne Sterling)

Playwright Christina Anderson, one of Vogel’s former students, was the featured speaker at the ceremony. She gave an inspiring speech about how important Vogel’s mentorship has been to her. Anderson noted that she often tells people that she got her MFA “from the Yale school of Paula.” Vogel then concluded the ceremony with remarks about just how important her students are to her, and then gave generous thanks to the Margo Jones Award Committee and The Ohio State University.

The award ceremony was a rousing success, and a wonderful representation of how The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute fulfills its mission of advancing the study and inspiration of the performing arts both within and beyond the physical borders of our campus.

Paula Vogel Receives the 2018 Margo Jones Award

at New York City Ceremony

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