By Ted Hoover Pittsburgh Current Theater Critic firstname.lastname@example.org You don’t really run across French playwright Jean Giraudoux anymore. He was less prolific and his output less glamorous than his sorta/kinda contemporary Jean Anouilh. But in the early part of the 20th century, especially the period between World Wars I & II, Giraudoux was the name of the playwriting game in France. Carnegie Mellon University presents his anti-war drama Tiger at the Gates and
Billy Porter Makes History at Emmys By Heidi Opdyke With an Emmy Award Sunday night, Billy Porter is one step away from an EGOT. Porter was one of four Carnegie Mellon University alumni who were recognized at the 71st Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 22 in Los Angeles. The show was broadcast on Fox. At least 16 CMU alumni were nominated in 12 categories this year. The Tony, Grammy and now Emmy
LOOKING AT YOU: Professor Rob Handel’s Libretto Explores Surveillance Capitalism By Allie Donahue Librettist Rob Handel, CMU Professor of Dramatic Writing, and Composer Kamala Sankaram’s opera Looking at You, directed by Kristin Marting, made its world premiere at HERE Arts Center in New York this September. Handel and Sankaram describe their work as “an immersive techno-noir opera.” The show begins as a corporate tech party and audience members are guests,
CMU alumnus Marc Masterson returns to the helm of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre — 20 years after he led it the first time By Joyce DeFrancesco Whoever said “you can’t go home again” doesn’t know Marc Masterson (A 1978). The newly re-appointed artistic director of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre, Marc returned to the role, one that he held from 1980 to 2000, in July 2018 after 19 years in other U.S. regional theaters.
From the small screen to the Silver screen, alumnus Andrew Baseman sets the scene in Hollywood By Amanda S.F. Hartle An award-winning set decorator for blockbuster films and top television shows, Andrew Baseman (A 1982) immerses viewers in lush, vibrant scenes from wildly varied times and places. From the stunning homes and weddings of Singapore’s elite in “Crazy Rich Asians” to the everyday existence of Russian spies in 1980s Washington, D.C.,
For the 10th time in the last 11 years, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate has won a Tony Award. On Sunday, June 9, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Jamie deRoy earned a Tony for Best Play for “The Ferryman.” It is the 50th Tony for Carnegie Mellon alumni in the 73-year history of the ceremony, which honors the best on Broadway. Two CMU alumni earned Tony Honors, another
By Erin Keane Scott Broadway experienced an unexpected first last fall: an all-female creative team assembled by alumna Leigh Silverman, mounted a production of “The Lifespan of a Fact” by journalist John D’Agatta. “I feel it is our responsibility as we gain power and any kind of platform, that we continue to widen the road as we go,” said Silverman, a 1996 CMU graduate. “This is my fourth Broadway show
Five Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama alumni received a total of 11 Tony Award nominations this morning for their Broadway work behind the scenes. This marks the 11th consecutive year that at least one Carnegie Mellon graduate has received a nomination. The nominations were announced at the Lincoln Center in New York. Producer Jamie deRoy, a 1967 Carnegie Mellon alumna, led the way with a total of six nominations in three categories. Tootsie,
“The title of University Professor is the highest designation a faculty member can receive at Carnegie Mellon. University Professors are distinguished by international recognition and for their contributions to education, artistic creativity and/or research,” wrote Carnegie Mellon University Provost James H. Garrett on Wednesday, May 1. “Each University Professor exemplifies a high level of professional achievement, and an exceptional commitment to academic excellence at our university.” Peter Cooke AM, Ph.D. was named among
by Joseph Hefner Could there be a living human being old enough to speak who hasn’t uttered some variation of those three little words? You know the ones I mean—the words that can solidify a relationship… or destroy it entirely. The ones we may desperately want to declare, but for whatever reason, find ourselves unable to vocalize. Or maybe they’re the words we say so often they’ve lost all meaning:
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