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, running on Geva's Fielding Stage from Oct. 4-21, both phrases feel somehow appropriate. It takes courage to reinvent yourself artistically, and artists are continually … Continue reading A FORTUNE-ate Interview…
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 … Continue reading Introducing THURGOOD
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
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
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
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!
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