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Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative Returns

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative Returns

For true theatre connoisseurs in Columbus, there isn’t a better time of year than Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative. As with last year, the core producing duo of Available Light Artistic Director Matt Slaybaugh and for/word company Founder and Director Jennifer Schlueter are joined by Karie Miller, and this festival of brand-new work returns to […]

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See Andrew Schneider’s Dazzling Youarenowhere at the Wexner Center Through January 21

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford See Andrew Schneider’s Dazzling Youarenowhere at the Wexner Center Through January 21

Fresh from premiering his new work at New York’s Under the Radar fest, the Wexner Center for the Arts presents Andrew Schneider’s Youarenowhere this weekend. OBIE-winning artist Andrew Schneider is at the vanguard of artists using technology in the service of performance to investigate the connective tissue of perpetually switched-on modern life. The Village Voice […]

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The Trip Brings Acclaimed Multidisciplinary Take on Orpheus and Eurydice to Strongwater

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford The Trip Brings Acclaimed Multidisciplinary Take on Orpheus and Eurydice to Strongwater

People, myself included, hold up the Orpheus myth as a cautionary tale. Its story of a headstrong musician who tried to rescue his betrothed, Eurydice, from Hades but couldn’t keep the faith, still has juice over a thousand years later. The Trip, a company started in 2012 by Tom Dugdale and Joshua Kahan Brody, mount […]

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Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Preview: Available Light’s ‘How We Got On’ Returns to the Columbus Stage

Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On might be my favorite production from all my years watching Available Light. Writing for my old personal blog, it was my #1 show of 2014. In my review, I called it, “One of the most perfect examples of how richly satisfying that kind of play [about making art and discovery, Available […]

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Theatre Preview: Suzanne Bocanegra’s Farmhouse/Whorehouse Starring Lili Taylor Sept 30-Oct 1

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Suzanne Bocanegra’s Farmhouse/Whorehouse Starring Lili Taylor Sept 30-Oct 1

For over 20 years, Suzanne Bocanegra’s work across media has combined a voracious curiosity, a keen eye for history, and most of all a sense of rapture specific to collage. In Bomb, composer Julia Wolfe said, “Bocanegra’s art is human, historical, filled with the material of life, highly organized and highly messy all at the […]

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PAST Productions Tackles Classic Ceremonies In Dark Old Men

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford PAST Productions Tackles Classic Ceremonies In Dark Old Men

PAST Productions returns to Columbus stages after mounting several productions and readings in the August Wilson Festival no one will soon forget. This time, they’re taking on the work of one of Wilson’s primary inspirations, Lonnie Elder III. Elder’s Ceremonies in Dark Old Men opened last weekend in a production directed by Patricia Wallace-Winbush and runs through […]

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Theatre Preview: Jennifer Schlueter’s Historical Drama Patience Worth at OSU May 19-20

Richard Sanford Richard Sanford Theatre Preview: Jennifer Schlueter’s Historical Drama Patience Worth at OSU May 19-20

Jennifer Schlueter, Associate Professor and Fellow of Curriculum and New Program Development in the OSU Department of Theatre, is also Joint Artistic Director of the for/word company. Known for acclaimed performances from New York to Chicago to Seattle, the company brings Schlueter’s newest play, Patience Worth, to OSU’s Barnett Hall for a limited engagement. Patience Worth delves into the story […]

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