Rehearsing a Revival #sonhouse

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

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No More Secrets – Journey to the Son Festival Schedule Released! #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

Opening Night – From the Actors’ Point of View

Have you ever wondered what goes through an actor's mind on opening night? Nora Cole, who wrote and performed in Katherine's Colored Lieutenant shares exactly that, in this blog, written as part of her Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, which allowed Nora to spend the last two years researching and writing this fascinating story. As part of that … Continue reading Opening Night – From the Actors’ Point of View

It’s Here! Bee Week! Or, Confessions of an Obsessed Dramaturg #GEVABEE #GEVA

While preparing for the first day of rehearsals for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, an unexpected thing happened. I became obsessed with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. And this week...is Bee Week. The final competition for this year's national title. Be still my beating heart! For the last couple of weeks, I've been regaling … Continue reading It’s Here! Bee Week! Or, Confessions of an Obsessed Dramaturg #GEVABEE #GEVA

Dive Into the Hornets’ Nest

Few experiences can ignite a great conversation like a thrilling night in the theatre. The Hornets' Nest series has theatre-goers itching for that conversation. The Hornets' Nest series of script-in-hand readings with professional actors and directors returns, investigating the most difficult and controversial questions of today. Following each reading, audience members will have the opportunity … Continue reading Dive Into the Hornets’ Nest

Putting the Bun in the Oven #geva #gevapark #gevaclybourne

I just stopped by Geva's costume shop, as they are working on the final touches to the Clybourne Park costumes, designed by G.W. (Skip) Mercier. From the first day of rehearsals, when Skip presented the costume designs to the cast and our staff, I've been curious about how the shop was going to handle the pregnant characters … Continue reading Putting the Bun in the Oven #geva #gevapark #gevaclybourne

“Changing what it means to be a theatre in a community”

This summer, local freelance writer Jonathan Everitt spent a LOT of time at Geva. We had invited five writers of new work on Geva's stages this season to spend a couple of days apiece in Rochester, getting to know our staff, our community, and the stories that Rochester has to tell. And these visits gave … Continue reading “Changing what it means to be a theatre in a community”