“Certain things are left up to the people who are writing the history, so certain things don’t make the narrative,” says playwright Reginald André Jackson. Until now. Enter actor turned playwright Reginald André Jackson. By his own admission, he’s not a historian, and yet he did and continues to write the history of theatre — specifically, Black theatre. Influenced by the We See You, White American Theater and Black Lives Matter movements, Jackson is [...]
You’ve seen Keiko Green, the actor on the Seattle stage for years. ACT regulars remember her in such roles as Mash in Stupid Fucking Bird and Emilie in Dangerous Liaisons. Yet it was Green’s writing that captured the eye of Artistic Director John Langs this time. And it is these words that will soon be powering a new production on the ACT (virtual) stage during the 2021 Digital Series as the world premiere of her play Wad makes its [...]
The Orlando sun wasn’t the only bright light on this Zoom call; in fact, the sun seemed dim in comparison to Ameenah Kaplan’s vibrant passion and energy. Although she is known for her work with STOMP and Blue Man Group and as the resident director of Broadway’s The Lion King, this conversation was different. It focused on Kaplan’s visionary efforts “to make theatre inside of film” as she directs a filmed version of Wad [...]
Christopher Bronke continues his conversation with Adam Stern. You might know Adam as the composer of ACT's A Christmas Carol score. The mild-mannered Stern is a versatile and active musician - principally a symphonic conductor. He is also an accomplished composer, pianist and published writer on music. He was the 1990 Grammy winner for "Classical Producer of the Year", an award garnered for a series of American symphonic music CDs with the Seattle Symphony [...]
Adam Stern’s music should be very familiar to A Christmas Carol audiences. The beloved score, composed in 1996, is one of Stern’s favorites - and his first for a play. Read on to discover more about Stern and the music of A Christmas Carol in part one of our profile.
Special guest essay by Christopher Bronke “The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” Jean-Jacques Rosseau Imagination has the power to transcend the limits imposed upon life at any time. This is certainly true in 2020. As we head into the holiday season and rethink our beloved and hallowed traditions, it is our imagination as much as any other force in life that will create the blissful backdrop for [...]