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Elliot Norton Reviews
Trinity Square on Tour
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Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton interviews prominent actors, directors and producers on their craft. (Aired from October, 1958 to 1982. Winner of both Peabody and Tony Awards.) Series release date: 1958

Program Description

Elliot Norton interviews Adrian Hall, artistic director and founder of the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, R.I. Before beginning its 18th season, the company is going on tour to India, Syria, and Egypt to represent the U.S. with two American plays directed by Adrian Hall: John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Sam Shepard’s Buried Child. Hall discusses the climate of the American theater scene in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s when he founded the Trinity Square Repertory Company. He talks about the dream that he shared with other actors at the time for a permanent repertory ensemble. Now, according to Hall, 90% of employed people in American theater are employed in the repertory institutions throughout the U.S.

Hall talks about how he does not feel satisfied with a play until he does it three times, using his three productions of Macbeth as an example. He discusses a program he did with the National Endowment for the Arts, in which students came to his theater for four shows a year for three straight years. The purpose for this is that he believes that someone cannot get hooked on the theater after just one visit. He likens this to going to church; one needs to visit church many times to save one’s soul.

Hall discusses his tour of India, which is being sponsored by the State Department of the U.S. India requested a play that represents what is currently happening in the U.S. and they chose Sam Shepard’s Buried Child. They discuss the difference between actors who want to become Hollywood stars and actors who want to harness their craft. Part of the initiative of creating a repertory theater was to give actors the opportunity to settle down and establish a life in one city, rather than having to move around to find work.

Director: Joanna Lu. Taped 9/11/1981.

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Talk Show
Performing Arts
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