Those who crave the spotlight most often become entertainers. Their talent demands it. It is their calling to shine.
We applaud them, and in so doing bask in the glow of their accomplishment. They are center stage with the footlights on them, but we are illuminated by their performance.
Their light shines on us as they render and interpret and presnet their truths. Greater performers shine brightest, and we shine brighter too.
Tickets to Hamilton may (probably not) be available this holiday season thanks to a non-controversy P-E Trump fracked up from a non-incident at the theater. (As it turns out, Trumpistas did not relinquish their tickets en masse, and the show is sold out in all the cities across America in which it is playing.)
When VP-E Mike Pence attended a performance recently, cast member Brandon Victor Dixon used the curtain call to petition his elected official on behalf of the other half of our country. P-E DJT took offense, and a sort of boycott was born.
For the record, VP-E MP said he was not offended: “And I nudged my kids and reminded them, that’s what freedom sounds like,” Pence said, according to news reports from CNN to the NY Daily News.
The play, which won 11 Tonys last year, has been a hot ticket since it started its Broadway transfer in the summer of 2015.
Hamilton is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s paean to America, in which the Founding Fathers (and some Mothers) are portrayed by a racially diverse cast, and issues of states’ rights and federalism are rapped.
As with everything emanating from this inclusive show, the Hamilton curtain call was a model of restraint.Witness what was said below:
Just something I’ve always wanted to say.
Not that we aren’t bringing notable tidings.
Here are some things to look forward to, some near term, and others off in the distant– or maybe not so distant– 2014:
|Michael Gabriel Goodfriend as Ali Said and Amy Griffin as Eileen Finney in
“The English Bride” at 59E59 Theaters through November 17th.
Photo by Bob Eberle.
Love is a powerful narcotic, especially for someone who feels as unworthy of it as Eileen Finney (Amy Griffin) in Lucille Lichtblau’s “The English Bride.” Eileen is duped by love for an Arab stranger, Ali Said (Michael Gabriel Goodfriend) into unwittingly committing an unspeakable act.
|Ezra Barnes as Dov and Amy Griffin as Eileen Finney in “The English Bride”
at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Bob Eberle
“The English Bride,” in a NYC premiere at 59E59 Theaters (www.59e59.org) presented by the Centenary Stage Company, opens on October 30th and runs through November 17th, is based on the true story of the failed 1986 bombing of an El Al airplane. In Lucille Lichtblau’s re-imagining of the events, Eileen is interrogated by a Mossad agent named Dov (Ezra Barnes.) “The English Bride,” is the winner of the 2011 Susan Glaspell Award.
The Play Company (www.playco.org) opens its 2013-14 season with a world premiere site-specific work by playwright Andy Bragen. In “This Is My Office,” playing from November 5th through December 8th, the space in which the blocked writer, Andy Bragen (played by David Barlow) takes on a symbolic role which brings harmony, reconciliation and redemption.
Let’s not forget to visit The Wild Project (www.thewildproject.com), where there are a slew of activities, on stage and screen. From November 8th through the 23rd, see Victor Liesniewski’s “Cloven Tongues,” featuring Casey Biggs, Catherine Curtin, Ema Laković and Alex Mickiewicz. In this drama about a brutalized woman and the social worker and priest who struggle to help her heal. Also at The Wild Project, “Hope is Expensive,” performed and written by by Jill Pangallo, playing on December 10th and 11th, is more of a darkly humorous look at our delusional culture.
On December 9th, The Public Theater (www.publictheater.org) will present a Public Forum Solo with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on income inequality and what the artistic community can do about it. “Rich and Poor” is the topic which will be addressed in the conversation featuring artistts and activists following Stiglitz’s talk.
Paul Taylor Dance Company’s (www.ptdc.org) annual New York season will begin on March 12th and run through March 30th. During this year’s celebration of PTDC, “American Dreamer,” Paul Taylor’s 139th dance piece, will be introduced on Wednesday, March 12th when the PTDC kicks off its Diamond season at the David H. Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center.
The Diamond Gala Performance and Dinner is set for Thursday, March 13th. Gala tickets available at $850, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000 (www.ptdc.org/gala). Diamond anniversariees seem to have some fluidity in their timelines, in the case of the PTDC, it is a mere 60 years old. On Friday, March 14th, Paul Taylor will unveil the 140th work of his long and prolific career.