Events

The Bowmer Beam, or, Bowmer in the Park

  Just experienced the remarkable first-ever opening of the Bowmer in the Park tent production of “August: Osage County” — yes, in a tent in Lithia Park adjacent to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR. Why is Bowmer in the Park? On June 15, a...

ATCA in Ashland

The 2011 ATCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE was be at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, July 6-10: there were eight plays to see (4 Shakespeare, 4 not), lively ATCA panels, companionship, a lovely small town full of good restaurants, and the top-notch Ashland Springs Hotel, just a few...

On the way to Ashland

Somewhere on the way westward from Pittsburgh on the multi-leg flight necessary to keep the price down, I saw a placard declaring this National Ice Cream Month. Actually, it’s always National Ice Cream Month for me. But on first encounter with Ashland, it seemed providential:...

Jim O’Quinn to deliver Perspectives in Criticism talk at ATCA’s Ashland conference

Jim O’Quinn is the founding editor of American Theatre, now in its 26th year as the lively house organ of the American regional and not-for-profit theater universe. His articles and reviews have appeared elsewhere, he was a regular theatre reviewer for the now-defunct Manhattan weekly 7 Days, and he...

Just two weeks to Ashland . . .

ATCA’s Daumier critic prepares to go pen-to-pen with the Bard! Final conference schedule to come shortly (no substantial changes from what was previously announced). ...

Ashland 2011: conference info and schedule

ATCA’s 2011 conference, July 6-10, features the famous, Tony-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the attractive Ashland and surroundings. The variability of our schedule allows free time during the week. Mornings will include ATCA meetings, theater panels, a session on the digital critic and a Perspectives...

Ashland 2011: annual meeting deadlines approaching

The first deadline for the 2011 ATCA annual conference at the OREGON SHAKESPEARE  FESTIVAL in Ashland, July 6-10, is the early registration date of May 20, after which the fee goes up $10. More important, there are already fewer rooms available at our headquarters, the Ashland...

Critics respond to Humana Fest

Many ATCAns attend Humana and we use it to hand out the Steinberg/ATCA and Osborn awards, so these review articles might be of interest: Julie York Coppens; Charles Isherwood; Chris Rawson (sidebar on Marc Masterson, who’s on his way to South Coast Rep); Don Shirley (mainly an interview of Masterson). If you...

The contemporary role of the critic

The Perspectives in Criticism talk at ATCA’s weekend conference in NYC (Feb., 2011) was coordinated by Sherry Eaker (Back Stage), who gathered playwrights Adam Rapp and Richard Nelson, artistic director Tim Sanford and producer-director-playwright Emily Mann to discuss the role of the contemporary critic. It was a stimulating discussion, one of ATCA’s best. Sherry deserves...

“The Complete Critic’s Qualifications”

Feb. 14, 2011 — At ATCA’s recent New York weekend conference, playwright-director-artistic director Emily Mann, one of the Perspectives in Criticism panel (along with playwrights Adam Rapp and Richard Nelson and artistic director Tim Sanford), preemptively set a high initial bar for all critics by reading aloud Howard Clurman’s 1964 “The Complete Critic’s...