How to be Human

Before rehearsals for Stephen Karam's play The Humans even began, director Mark Cuddy made a point to get a few Blake family rules established with the cast. Because is it really a family Thanksgiving if there aren’t those little touchy subjects everyone knows not to bring up over dinner? There are three rules which pretty much … Continue reading How to be Human

A FORTUNE-ate Interview…

They say fortune favors the brave, and they also say that fortune favors the prepared mind (although that doesn't sound as poetic...). As I think about writer/director Deborah Zoe Laufer's play FORTUNE, both phrases feel somehow appropriate. It takes courage to reinvent yourself artistically, and artists are continually preparing and rehearsing the art of collaboration. I asked Deborah to share some insights about this process, as we prepare to present this production from the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca. 

Introducing THURGOOD

With HAIR running on the Wilson Stage and the Fringe Festival on the Fielding Stage, Geva's Rehearsal Hall is being prepped for the beginning of THURGOOD rehearsals, which start next week. This play, written by George Stevens, Jr., is a tour de force for one actor, as the audience engages directly with former Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall. And before we dive into rehearsals, we'd like to introduce you to the team bringing Marshall to life onstage.

The Writers in Our Backyard

This week, the annual 2 Pages/2 Voices event took place at Writers & Books. 2 Pages/2 Voices is collaboration between Geva Theatre Center and Writers & Books, Rochester’s literary center. Every year we accept submissions of plays that are only two pages long and only have two characters. We select ten of them, and, during … Continue reading The Writers in Our Backyard

Dickens’ Crusade for Christmas Dinner

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 … Continue reading Dickens’ Crusade for Christmas Dinner

Girl Groups and the Wonderettes

  When the Wonderettes step onstage in The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns, they join the rich tradition of female recording artists dating to the 1950’s and 60’s, a phenomenon knowns as the “girl group.” While the individual women singing in these groups were frequently seen by producers as interchangeable, during these decades women began … Continue reading Girl Groups and the Wonderettes

Bah, Humbug!

If you're like me, the lack of snow on the ground and this week's warm temperatures haven't quite put you in the holiday spirit. To counteract Mother Nature's refusal to provide us with the appropriate weather, I'm spending my time today thinking about Geva's production of A Christmas Carol. (I know, I know, I'm tempting … Continue reading Bah, Humbug!