Monthly Archives: May 2010


The Lowdown on “Highbrow/Lowdown”

Tuesday night’s colloquium on David Savran’s new book was simply a gas–as a jazzman might say.  Upon walking into the Segal Theatre we were greeted by William McNally’s live piano ragging of Gershwin (who figures prominently in the book) and other tunes from the era.  So the party had started long before the reception… That […]

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New Voices in Croatian Drama (a follow-up)

For those avid readers of the Segal Center blog, my apologies for not following up until today on the New Voices in Croatian Drama event that took place on May 13. End of the semester madness led to some delays. If you didn’t know anything about contemporary Croatian theatre and its place within the broader […]

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“It’s not about the cult of personality… well, ok, tonight it is!” –Joe Melillo

Last night’s tribute to Joe Melillo at the Segal Center was a real treat. Roselee Goldberg proved an excellent moderator for the evening as she, with great finesse and having prepared for the event by “interviewing” each of the panelists beforehand, guided us through the interstices of Joe’s professional and personal connections. It became immediately […]

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David Savran’s “Highbrow/Lowdown”: A Preview

In anticipation of METC’s May 18 evening with Professor David Savran… One of the many privileges of studying at the CUNY Grad Center Theatre department has been to work closely and frequently with a scholar as at the top of his game as is David Savran.  Having already made an estimable reputation in the 80s […]

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Prepare to Honor Joe Melillo

Since 1999 Joseph Melillo has been Executive Producer at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). In that time—and even before that as he pioneered the Next Wave Festival—his impact on the New York theatre scene has been monumental. Where do you go to see Peter Brook when he’s in the US? BAM. Where do you […]

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Howard Barker at the Segal Center (The Wrestling School, UK)

Howard Barker’s visit to the Segal Center provided a wonderful opportunity to learn about the scope of his work and his achievements as a playwright, director and theorist.  By the end of this event, I could certainly say that Barker’s best days are certainly not behind him.  I hope that his visit inspires actors, directors, […]

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New Croatian Drama (getting ready)

Back in fall 2007 I had the chance to go to Zagreb for that year’s Showcase Croatia, a presentation of contemporary Croatian theatre organized by ITI. Not really a festival, Showcase Croatia is more like an introduction–a chance for those unacquainted with Croatian theatre to find out what it is all about, to understand where […]

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New Russian Drama

“Nothing let’s you be yourself like water. You want to die? Go for a swim.” Strike aka punk-rocker-turned-playwright Yuri Klavdiev carries his name for good reason. He knows how to hit nerves. His solo piece I am the Machine Gunner about a young Russian soldier in a current war—presented at the Martin E. Segal Center […]

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Howard Barker at the Segal Center

Howard Barker has been one of the most creative, disturbing and controversial playwrights in Great Britain, ever since his first play was produced at the Royal Court Theatre in 1970.  How ironic that The Wrestling School and this prolific dramatist, referred to by The Times as “Britain’s greatest living dramatist,” had their application for funding […]

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Xavier Le Roy at the Segal Center

The work of choreographer Xavier Le Roy lies behind one of the most notable museum exhibitions this year, Tino Seghal’s conversation-meets-performance piece Progress, which made its way up the Guggenheim’s rotunda this past March. Seghal began his career as a dancer, performing in Le Roy’s workshop-like piece E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S. (1999-2001), in which dances were created through […]

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