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Broadway star Seth Numrich plays opposite Kim Cattrall at the Old Vic

INTERVIEW: SETH NUMRICH The Broadway star talks to Philip Fisher about his role in Tennessee Williams’s Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic), in which he plays Chance Wayne opposite Kim Cattrall’s Alexandra Del Lago in Marianne Elliott’s new production of this 1959 classic.

Chris Haydon of London’s Gate Theatre tackles Bruce Norris’s Purple Heart

INTERVIEW: CHRIS HAYDON The artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill chats to Ella Parry-Davies about directing the first revival of Bruce Norris’ 2002 play Purple Heart, which is currently at this venue. Part of the Aftermath season, the play focuses on the impact of the Vietnam War on a suburban family in America’s Mid West, and the invasion of horror into the domestic in the first of the USA’s “TV wars”.

Justin Audibert surveys his Gruesome Playground Injuries

INTERVIEW: JUSTIN AUDIBERT The Leverhulme Bursary-winning director tells Matt Trueman about the intricate relationship at the heart of Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries (2009), which he directs for the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, and why the play’s greatest asset is its theatricality.

American playwright Will Eno discusses Oh, the Humanity and Thom Pain

INTERVIEW: WILL ENO The New York playwright tentatively introduces his work to Aleks Sierz, especially his well-received Oh, the Humanity (and other good intentions) at the Soho and Thom Pain (based on nothing) at the Print Room, as well as briefly speculating about the emotional state of the American nation.

Director David Thacker explores the work of Arthur Miller

INTERVIEW: DAVID THACKER The artistic director of the Octagon Theatre Bolton talks to David Chadderton on the telephone about his current revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price (1968), and about his long and rewarding working relationship with the legendary playwright.

David Lan on August Wilson, and the Young Vic

INTERVIEW: DAVID LAN The Artistic Director of the Young Vic talks to Philip Fisher about reviving legendary American playwright August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (1984), which is currently at this venue, as well as about his career, and the mission and future of the Young Vic. Recorded at the Young Vic.

Scott Morfee of Barrow Street Theatre on Our Town

31 December 2009

in American Drama, Directors

NEW YORK SPECIAL Scott Morfee, Artistic Director of Off-Broadway’s Barrow Street Theatre, talks to Philip Fisher about his latest long-running hit, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, running a theatre during the recession and his Chicago connections, including Tracy Letts and David Cromer.

Jim Houghton on American new writing

9 January 2009

in American Drama, New Writing, Producers

NEW YORK SPECIAL Jim Houghton, founder of the Off-Broadway Signature Theatre, talks to Philip Fisher about his new writing venue, which has also staged rare work by playwrights such as Arthur Miller and August Wilson, as well as the current season featuring the Negro Ensemble Company.

Michael Attenborough on Neil LaBute

21 October 2008

in American Drama, Directors, New Writing

INTERVIEW: MICHAEL ATTENBOROUGH (1/2) The artistic director of the Almeida Theatre in north London talks to Aleks Sierz about directing Neil LaBute’s latest, In a Dark Dark House, which opens in November, as well as about the importance of American drama.

Playwright Neil LaBute talks about Fat Pig

INTERVIEW: NEIL LABUTE The top American playwright and director talks to Philip Fisher about his controversial new play, Fat Pig (Trafalgar Studios), his career in film, the joys and perils of New York theatre, and his upcoming Reasons To Be Pretty on Broadway.

US playwright Terrence McNally visits the UK

13 March 2008

in American Drama, Playwrights

INTERVIEW: TERRENCE McNALLY The US playwright talks to Suman Bhuchar about A Perfect Ganesh, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and now revived for a UK tour by Phizzical Productions. He also discusses other work including his controversial play about Christ, Corpus Christi.

Director Dominic Hill on A Prayer for My Daughter

5 February 2008

in American Drama, Directors, New Writing

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC HILL The new artistic director of Edinburgh’s Traverse talks to Aleks Sierz about his revival of Thomas Babe’s 1978 psycho-thriller, A Prayer for My Daughter (Young Vic), and about his plans for new writing at the Traverse.

The Adding Machine comes to New York

NEW YORK SPECIAL David Cromer, director of the lauded chamber musical The Adding Machine, based on the 1923 Elmer Rice expressionist drama, talks to Philip Fisher, prior to its arrival at the Minetta Lane Theater.

Director Bijan Sheibani on The Brothers Size

19 November 2007

in American Drama, Directors, New Writing

INTERVIEW: BIJAN SHEIBANI The new head of the ATC (Actors Touring Company) talks to Aleks Sierz about his imaginative staging of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size, a hit for the Young Vic, and explains some of the Yoruba cosmology that underpins the play.

Theatre Forum Ireland: American director Peter Sellars (2/2)

15 June 2006

in American Drama, Directors

THEATRE FORUM IRELAND 2006: PETER SELLARS (2/2) The renowned theatre, opera and film director continues his keynote lecture, Art as Moral Action.

Theatre Forum Ireland: American director Peter Sellars (1/2)

15 June 2006

in American Drama, Directors

THEATRE FORUM IRELAND 2006: PETER SELLARS (1/2) The American director begins his keynote address, Art as Moral Action, at University Concert Hall, Limerick.

American playwright Christopher Shinn’s Dying City

INTERVIEW: CHRISTOPHER SHINN The playwright discusses his latest play, Dying City, at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs – about America, Iraq and New York now – with Aleks Sierz.

Jessica Blank, co-writer of The Exonerated, criticises capital punishment

25 February 2006

in American Drama, Verbatim Drama

INTERVIEW: JESSICA BLANK The co-writer of The Exonerated, the verbatim drama about six innocent survivors of death row, talks to Philip Fisher in London.

West End Review: November 2005

WEST END REVIEW Schiller’s Mary Stuart (Apollo) and Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell (Donmar). David Benedict, John Nathan and Matt Wolf opine. Kate Bassett hosts.

Review of Death of a Salesman

DEATH OF A SALESMAN Robert Falls’ Tony-winning revival, starring Brian Dennehy, finally makes it to London. David Benedict, Jane Edwardes and Charles Spencer dissent on its virtues. Heather Neill hosts.

Actor Anthony Chisolm talks about Gem of the Ocean

NEW YORK SPECIAL The actor Anthony Chisolm talks about his role in Gem of the Ocean (Walter Kerr, NYC), the ninth play in August Wilson’s cycle about African-American history. Philip Fisher quizzes.

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