REVIVAL The Resurrection of Son House has been in the works here at Geva for almost five years now. This electric story about a man’s journey to redemption through heavenly trials and singing the Blues has come a long, ever-evolving, loop-de-looping way from the script it started out as. In the scant free time between … Continue reading An Inside Look at the Making of REVIVAL with Playwright & Director Keith Glover
Dramaturg Jenni Werner looks at why HAIR is so relevant today.
Votes for Women! Throughout the week, we have been celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage in New York State on Geva Journal. With The Agitators onstage at Geva until November 12, Susan B. Anthony, our own hometown hero in the fight for women’s suffrage, is on our minds. We are proud to devote Day 4 of this … Continue reading 100 Years of Woman Suffrage – Day 4: Floating Fight for Equality
On the second and fourth Sunday of every run during a Wilson Stage production, Geva hosts a Sunday Salon between the Sunday matinee and evening performances. This free, public event allows audiences a more in-depth look at the plays on our stages, and an opportunity to ask questions of our actors. Last Sunday, May 7th, … Continue reading Sunday Salon: A Conversation on Other Than Honorable
It all began when playwright Mat Smart said he had an idea for a play about former Rochesterians Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass...
The first week of To Kill a Mockingbird rehearsals includes table work, and talking about social and economic classes, and how we break out of them.
Seldom does a table reading of a new play leave me humming songs for days. But this week, I'm still ruminating on the songs in Keith Glover's new play, Revival: The Resurrection of Son House. We held a closed-door workshop of the play last week with an amazing cast, and what a week it was! … Continue reading Rehearsing a Revival #sonhouse
I am really, really bad at keeping secrets. No kidding. My mom still tells the embarrassing story about how, as a 6 or 7 year old, I told her exactly what I had gotten her for Christmas, by telling her that I hadn't gotten it for her. (It was a heart-shaped key chain, with her name on … Continue reading No More Secrets – Journey to the Son Festival Schedule Released! #sonhouse
This is part three in a series of blog posts about legendary blues man Son House, as Geva prepares for a four-day festival celebrating his life and legacy at the end of August. This past September, director Skip Greer and I traveled to Mississippi to get a sense about where Son came from and visit … Continue reading One Day in Mississippi
This is the second post in a series about the legendary blues man, Son House, as Geva prepares for our four-day celebration of his life and legacy in August. To this day, anyone who ever saw Son House perform can vividly describe what it was like to watch him. Videos, like this one of Son … Continue reading Celebrating Blues Great Son House, part 2