Thursday, September 3, 2009

News of Associate Artists

News of Associate Artists
Besides the staff members who work on-site, and the directors, actors and other artists who join the company for specific shows, SCR is home-away-from-home to six Associate Artists.  Here’s what they’re up to these days...

  • Kate Whoriskey (Intimate Apparel, Antigone, The Clean House, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Life is a Dream, The Piano Teacher) was recently named the new artistic director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. Last season Kate directed the world premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and the Manhattan Theatre Club. In between the two productions of Ruined, she gave birth to her first child, Rory, with her husband, actor Daniel Breaker.

  • Bill Rauch nears the end of his second full season as artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This season Bill directed The Music Man and the world premiere of Bill Cain’s Equivocation, both of which have been big hits for the company. Taking advantage of a brief lull at the end of his season, Bill has just directed a new adaptation of Aristophanes’ Peace, co-authored by Culture Clash and SCR’s John Glore. Culture Clash performs the play with actors John Fleck and Amy Hill at the Getty Villa running through the first weekend in October.

  • Octavio SolisLydia, after its premiere at the Denver Center Theatre, went on to productions at Yale Rep, the Mark Taper Forum and Marin Theatre Company. All but the last were directed by Juliette Carrillo, longtime director of SCR’s Hispanic Playwrights Project. Solis recently accepted a commission from SCR to write a musical with composer Adam Gwon (whose Ordinary Days will appear this season on the Argyros Stage).

  • Craig Lucas is about to workshop an opera for the Met (Two Boys) with composer Nico Muhly and director Bartlett Sher, in conjunction with the English National Opera. Productions are slated for 2011 in England and 2012 in New York. Lucas and Sher are also working on a stage musical version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Disney.  And he’s writing a play for the Greenfield Prize and spending most of the fall at their artists retreat, The Hermitage, near Sarasota, Florida. 

  • Mark Rucker is staging shows from coast to coast, most recently at Asolo Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT and California Shakespeare Theater.

  • And, we're happy to let his fans know that Richard Greenberg is busy writing a new plays.

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