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Playwright David Ives on How Venus Got Her Fur

By David Ives From Broadway.com, published on October 25, 2011 My play Venus in Fur began with a very powerful, very bad idea. A few years ago I re-read Histoire d’O, the notorious erotic French novel of the 1950s. Story of O (as it’s known in English) is the tale of a woman identified only […]

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SEMINAR Citizen Reviews

We engaged a group of everyday citizens to see SEMINAR then send us their reviews – here they are! Edited for spelling corrections – and to avoid spoiling the plot!   I really loved the show. It’s funny, witty, candid and very sophisticated storytelling. Gregory W. We really loved this show. We loved that it’s […]

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Writers Behaving Badly: Biting Quips from Great Authors

compiled by Carrie Chapter, PTC dramaturg “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” —Philip Roth “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” —Stephen King “Cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can’t fake quality any more than you can […]

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Name Dropping in SEMINAR

“Name Dropping” in SEMINAR | A Reference Guide by carrie Chapter, PTC Dramaturg The play contains a wealth of “literary insider” buzzwords and a “Who’s Who” catalog of vital authors and editors. Join the Algonquin Round Table *, and be in the know with the following terms: Yaddo An exclusive artists’ retreat colony located in Saratoga Springs, […]

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Experience the Music of our STARS composers and lyricists!

[An Opening Week Indulgence by Dramaturg, Carrie Chapter ] Here are some highlighted music and lyrics from the careers of our STARS OF DAVID songwriters. Enjoy! Jule Styne and Susan Birkenhead: Frank Sinatra sings “Hey Look, No Crying” in 1981 Nathan Tysen: “That’s Why I Go Green” with the 14th Street Y Dan Messe: “Redwing” […]

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The Making of Stars of David

by Carrie Chapter, PTC Dramaturg In the Beginning…Lights Up! Rome was not built in a day – neither was the American musical. If you have strolled down 42nd Street in the last ten or so years, you have probably seen a distinct pattern of marquees – the movie-musical, the jukebox musical, or the latest British […]

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Election Season vs. Brand New Musical…Exercise Your Power of Choice!

[A Message from Dramaturg, Carrie Chapter] Come this November, get into the voting booth AND get over to the Box Office. Why? STARS OF DAVID won’t make you play games like the one below: So, you have to ask the question: Is political malaise getting me down? HMMMM…… ABSOLUTELY!!!!!! STARS OF DAVID offers you all […]

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Getting to Know…The Subjects of SOD

Getting to Know…The Subjects of SOD by: Carrie Chapter | PTC Literary Manager & Dramaturg Rodgers & Hammerstein gave us a great tune from their 1956 musical, THE KING & I, which really exemplifies, for me, how theatres welcome a fresh crop of creative teams into a new season. If you recall, Anna sits amongst […]

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PHILADELPHIA THEATRE COMPANY PLANS REEL-LY HOT SUMMER FUN

Philadelphia Theatre Company hosts THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSICAL Summer Film Series on four, consecutive Wednesday nights beginning July 11.  Each screening, beginning at 7:00 PM, will be held at PTC’s home the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (Broad and Lombard Streets).  General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under and are […]

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Keep it Simple

From the desk of Sam Chattin, PTC Marketing Intern “Keep it simple,” are words of wisdom hammered into me time and time again by professor and renowned playwright Bruce Graham. Now I’m roughly paraphrasing the rest of his advice, working from memory, which coincides nicely with his newest play The Outgoing Tide, but much of […]

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