Kathleen Marshall, Emily Mann create cutting-edge theater

Emily Mann writes, directs and runs McCarter Theatre

When McCarter Theatre’s Artistic Director Emily Mann isn’t introducing major new works in Princeton, she’s creating her own. Her new translation, a stage version of Ingmar Bergman’s  six-hour Swedish miniseries “Scenes From a Marriage,” is receiving a very innovative staging at the New York Theater Workshop under the direction of Ivo van Hove.

The theater has essentially been gutted. (Watch video of transformation here.) The proscenium gone. According to an article by Erik Piepenburg in the New York Times, the audience is divided into three groups of about 60 each for three different 30-minute scenes. After an intermission the theater is transformed and the audience sits in the round for the second act.

That sounds so cool and so off-Broadway, where risk is embraced much more so than on Broadway. Click here to read the complete article. Also, Mann directs Rachel Bonds’ new play “Five Mile Lake” at McCarter Theatre from May 1-31. The theater’s website says: …  Bonds paints a moving portrait of a group of young people, yearning to make the right choices—and facing the choices they have already made—as they journey into their thirties in a rapidly transforming world.”

Kathleen Marshall works musical magic

 

Ever After sets the Cinderella story straight with the "true" tale of Danielle de Barbarac, budding philosopher, friend of da Vinci, a renaissance woman for all time. Photo courtesy Paper Mill Playhouse
“Ever After” sets the Cinderella story straight with the “true” tale of Danielle de Barbarac, budding philosopher, friend of da Vinci, Renaissance woman./ Photo courtesy Paper Mill Playhouse

Meanwhile, The NYTimes  also featured another woman director with a New Jersey angle. Kathleen Marshall, who will be helming the world-premiere musical of  “Ever After” at the Paper Mill Playhouse, now is working on the “new” version of the 1960 musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

Based on a real person who survived the sinking of the Titanic, only a few lines of Richard Morris’ book and seven of Meredith (“The Music Man”) Wilson’s song remain, writes Cara Joy David.

“Ever After” is based on the 1998 film that starred Drew Barrymore.  The musical runs May 21-June 21 at Paper Mill. Learn more here.

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