“Honey, Why are You Crying?”: The Unknown Evolution of the Common Cry

In an interview with American Theatre Magazine, playwright Molly Smith Metzler explained that her idea for the title came late in the writing process: “I remembered that the two main characters briefly talk about the 'cry it out' sleep method — a disputed, controversial method of 'teaching' your baby to sleep through the night by leaving them to scream their lungs out. It's aggressive, and it’s not unlike what new parents go through: It’s terrifying and you can cry out for help all you want, but no one is coming to your side with answers.” There’s also no easy answer for why we cry at all. “Charles Darwin once declared emotional tears ‘purposeless,’” says behavioral neurologist Michael Trimble, “and nearly 150 years later, emotional crying remains one of the human body’s more confounding mysteries.”

The Steps to a Perfect Set Design: Bringing to Life Dmitri’s Restaurant for Slow Food

When walking into a theatre, the stage is typically one of the first things a person's eye is drawn to. Often, the set can hint at what kind of performance that person is going to see - the location, the time period, the tone, etc. Each element of the set design is a symbol to be digested and interpreted by an audience that influences the way they experience the show.

Dickens’ Crusade for Christmas Dinner

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chriscarol1_geva-20171121-IMG_7634 Scrooge (Steven Hendrickson) and Christmas Present (Joel Blum) Discuss the Day. Photo by Goat Factory Media Entertainment.

Did Charles Dickens invent Christmas Dinner? According to a Guardian article by Pen Vogler, who is also the author of Dinner with Dickens, not only did Dickens’ A Christmas Carol popularize the Christmas Feast, but his writing also addressed an inequality in the distribution of good food. “Dickens’s most abiding influence is his conviction that everybody has the right to sit down together and enjoy the same food. Crucially, the Cratchits’ Christmas was not part of any ecclesiastical or charitable space but enjoyed by a poor family in their own home. Dickens was challenging a culture that regarded food as necessarily exclusive.”

But Dickens didn’t just write fiction about the unequal access to quality food – he also advocated for reform through journalism, and participated in attempts to teach women how to…

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The Science of Rehearsal

A rehearsal process is a special thing, especially here at Geva. Some of the country’s most brilliant artists join together in service of a script, and through their rigorous work, boundless imaginations, and insightful conversations create a new, cohesive world in front of our eyes. While we often think of theatre as a creative and … Continue reading The Science of Rehearsal