Latest info on N.Y. conference, Feb. 4-6
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 1:28AM
Chris Rawson, Editor, ATCA Communications Chair

Jan. 22 — Normallly our Perspectives in Criticism speakers are critics; but at our N.Y. conference, Feb. 4-6, they will be playwrights and directors.

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Latest schedule follows.

ATCA New York Weekend Conference, Feb. 4-6, 2011

For developing details (names of more participants, tweaks in schedule), watch the ATCA website at

TO REGISTER: Download attached form (just above) – or contact ATCA administrator Barry Gaines, direct: or 505-856-2101.

SPECIAL $109 HOTEL RATE (single or double) at redecorated mid-town Milford Plaza Hotel, 700 8th Ave. (at 45th St.). Discounts vary: Some report a rate as low as $93 by phone (888-352-3650 or 212-869-3600; “The reservation clerk couldn’t have been nicer,” says one Florida critic). At under “Specials” the rates seem to change daily: I just came up with a queen @ $109.


FRIDAY, FEB. 4  — How Critics Can Enhance Their Theatre Experience

Held at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. at 25th St.

9:30: Coffee, bagels and chat in the lobby.

10:00: Greetings, overview of the weekend, introduce new members.

10:15: John Malatesta, managing director of the Baruch Performing Arts Center, will introduce us to this state-of-the-art facility.

* 10:45: Scene from “Duet,” Otho Eskin’s play about Eleonora Duse and Sarah Bernhardt, directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser, followed by short discussion.

* 11:15-12:45: Discussion with some of the most influential acting teachers in the country on the various techniques they use to help actors create a role and understand a play. Co-moderated by Sherry Eaker and Ronald Rand, author of “Acting Teachers of America.”

Confirmed so far: Bill Esper (William Esper Studio), Sabra Jones (Actors Studio, co-founder of NY’s Mirror Repertory Co.) and Terry Schreiber (T. Schreiber Studio)

* 12:45-1:45: Buffet lunch in the lobby.

* 1:45-3:00: “Perspectives in Criticism,” with award-winning directors and playwrights on the state of the art in this time of the fragmenting of critical voices. Confirmed so far: Bartlett Sher; others TBA.

* 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Further discussion of these and other issues in small breakout groups. Coffee/tea available.

4:00 pm on: Dinner and theatre on your own.

SATURDAY, FEB. 5 — Brunch with the Stars at Sardi’s

In our longstanding tradition, we invite lead actors or creators from a dozen Broadway shows to share lunch and chat, and then speak to a topic posed by an ATCA member.

Confirmed: Stacy Keach (Other Desert Cities), Dana Ivey and Paxton Whitehead (the improbable lovebirds in The Importance of Being Earnest), Linda Lavin, Lily Rabe (Portia opposite Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice), Colin Quinn, Andre De Shields, Dan Lauria (title role in Lombardi), Judith Light and Jeffrey Wright.

10:00: Coffee, cash bar.

11:00: Luncheon.

11:30-12:45: Introduction of visiting Broadway stars.

SUNDAY, FEB. 6 — The Digital Critic

Held at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. at 25th St.

9:30: Coffee and bagels.

10:00-Noon: A session on what the digital critic needs to know: how to set up/maintain a blog, what to look for in a web designer, copyright issues, how to set up links, count hits, generate ad revenue, etc. ATCA members Andy Propst (American Theatre Web, and Leonard Jacobs ( will be joined by Andy McGibbon (,,, moderated by Jonathan Abarbanel (Windy City Times).

You’ll be able to follow the discussion and examples projected on a large screen.


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