I’ve been at the Hilton, sitting in on a variety of plenary and breakout groups, and struggling with how to make the conference relevant to readers who are interested in theatre but who are not theatre professionals. The question that kept coming up for me was, “Why should you care?”
San Diego Repertory Theatre
In terms of its intent, fine art is about as subjective an enterprise as you’ll find. Famed abstract expressionist Mark Rothko will have none of that, and that’s one thing that makes San Diego Repertory Theatre’s ‘Red’ so good.
San Diego Repertory Theatre is giving “In the Time of the Butterflies,” the story of four sisters’ valiant fight against Dominican Republic strongman Rafael Trujillo’s bloody regime, its English-language world premiere through Jan. 26. Curiously, the entry is missing a lot about its flesh-and-blood antagonist — but a highly developed culture of ensemble carries the performances in this commendable piece about a brutal reign the West can’t afford to forget.
It is easy to see why regional theatres have found Venus in Fur to be the most appealing of recent New York offerings to produce… It is written by David Ives, a proven commodity with audiences (his All in the Timing is a staple of regional theatre). And, it’s about sex, though with enough other “stuff” thrown in so as not to shake audience sensibilities too much. San Diego REP’s production takes advantage of all of these pluses, and if it doesn’t achieve maximum potential it won’t disappoint its audiences, either.
Theatre Communications Group (TCG) announced today that its 2014 national conference will be held June 19-21 in San Diego. Theatre company artistic and managerial staff members, board members, individual theatre artists, and students from across the country are the prime audience for the gathering, which will be centered at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, near Petco Park and the convention center.