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WGBH Forum Network; Future of Theater, The

04/30/2007

The Future of Theater Edward Albee, writer, 1967, 1975, 1994 Pulitzer Prizes Rick Lombardo, director, producing artistic director, NRT Karen MacDonald, actress, founding member, ART Ed Siegel, arts critic 'You need three things in the theater', said Kenneth Haigh, 'The play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something.' Today, with expanding options for at-home-entertainment, the theater is faced with increasing competition to attract the last, and perhaps, most important element 'the audience'. What is it that still draws millions every year to a darkened auditorium and a stage? What are writers, directors, and actors doing to bring in new generations of theater goers? Will we continue to make our way to Broadway and regional productions for decades and centuries to come? Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Edward Albee; Rick Lombardo, director, and producing artistic director at New Repertory Theatre; Karen MacDonald, actress, founding member of American Repertory Theater; and arts critic Ed Siegel reflect on the current and future directions of theater.


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WGBH Forum Network
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Future of Theater, The
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3473

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THE FUTURE OF THEATER EDWARD ALBEE, WRITER, 1967, 1975, 1994 PULITZER PRIZES RICK LOMBARDO, DIRECTOR, PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, NRT KAREN MACDONALD, ACTRESS, FOUNDING MEMBER, ART ED SIEGEL, ARTS CRITIC

'YOU NEED THREE THINGS IN THE THEATER', SAID KENNETH HAIGH, 'THE PLAY, THE ACTORS AND THE AUDIENCE, AND EACH MUST GIVE SOMETHING.' TODAY, WITH EXPANDING OPTIONS FOR AT-HOME-ENTERTAINMENT, THE THEATER IS FACED WITH INCREASING COMPETITION TO ATTRACT THE LAST, AND PERHAPS, MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT 'THE AUDIENCE'. WHAT IS IT THAT STILL DRAWS MILLIONS EVERY YEAR TO A DARKENED AUDITORIUM AND A STAGE? WHAT ARE WRITERS, DIRECTORS, AND ACTORS DOING TO BRING IN NEW GENERATIONS OF THEATER GOERS? WILL WE CONTINUE TO MAKE OUR WAY TO BROADWAY AND REGIONAL PRODUCTIONS FOR DECADES AND CENTURIES TO COME? THREE-TIME PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAYWRIGHT EDWARD ALBEE; RICK LOMBARDO, DIRECTOR, AND PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AT NEW REPERTORY THEATRE; KAREN MACDONALD, ACTRESS, FOUNDING MEMBER OF AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER; AND ARTS CRITIC ED SIEGEL REFLECT ON THE CURRENT AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS OF THEATER.

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