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Process And Profanity With Scenic Designer John Arnone

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John Arnone is a Tony Award-winning scenic designer and, since 2009, a company member at Undermain Theatre.  He designed the set for Sylvan Oswald’s Profanity, now in its last week of performances.  Stephen… Continue reading

Walter Benjamin: Death And The Storyteller

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German cultural critic Walter Benjamin (pronounced Ben-ya-meen) is one of the patron saints of Sylvan Oswald’s Profanity.  His work and his life are both harvested to feed the drama of the play. Little… Continue reading

The Title Profanity

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The title of Sylvan Oswald’s play, Profanity, is ambiguous.  Or perhaps it would be more proper to call it ambivalent.  It has a double life – at least – and may be read… Continue reading

Michael Federico Talks Profanity, Accents, And Keeping Up With His Mother

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Michael Federico is an actor, playwright, and director.  His recent work includes playing Andrew in Becky Shaw at Kitchen Dog, where he is a company member, and co-writing the new musical On The… Continue reading

Housing Collapse (Literally) Is The Basis For Sylvan Oswald’s Profanity

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Undermain will open its 30th season with the world premiere of Sylvan Oswald’s play Profanity.  One of a series of plays Oswald set in the past of his native Philadelphia, Profanity tells the story of… Continue reading

So How Are We Doing? NEA Publishes Data On Artists In The United States

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The National Endowment for the Arts has released issue one of its data profile series, entitled “Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics About Working Artists”.  The data is drawn from the U.S. Census… Continue reading

Mary Zimmerman and Jamil Khoury Get Into A Scrape Over Cultural Appropriation

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Last month, Mary Zimmerman  gave an interview to Chicago Magazine in which she discussed the work of adapting Disney’s The Jungle Book.  Zimmerman is resident director at the Goodman Theatre and most famous for… Continue reading

At TCG National Conference, A Lively Discussion Of New Play Development

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At the TCG National Conference earlier this month, I attended a panel entitled “Living The Margo Jones Legacy: Breaking The Habit Of New Play Development”, the aim of which was to challenge current… Continue reading

DON’T MISS THIS SCRIPT: Blood Wedding

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This week’s script recommendation comes from Exxon Mobil Marketing Intern Kristen Kelso.  Find out why she loves Blood Wedding and wants you to read it. *** Blood Wedding is a tragedy by the Spanish… Continue reading

Undermain’s Artistic Director, Katherine Owens, discusses “the director as innovator.”

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Last weekend Katherine Owens spoke on a panel at the Theatre Communications Group National Conference.  The topic was “The Director As Innovator,” and panelists included Rob Melrose of Cutting Ball Theatre, Chris Ashley… Continue reading