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Micheal Unger: What Makes This Production Unique?
Posted by Adam Immerwahr on December 9th, 2009

In the video below, Michael Unger, the director of A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre, discusses what makes this production of A Christmas Carol unique. Stay tuned for more videos from A Christmas Carol!

Posted by Adam Immerwahr, Producing Associate at McCarter Theatre.


Michael Unger: Ebenezer’s Journey
Posted by Adam Immerwahr on November 23rd, 2009

In the video below, Michael Unger, the director of A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre, discusses the story of the play and Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey.  Stay tuned for more videos from A Christmas Carol!

Posted by Adam Immerwahr, Producing Associate at McCarter Theatre.


Having Our Say: Live at the Library
Posted by Adam Immerwahr on September 23rd, 2009

Actresses Yvette Freeman and Lizan Mitchell recently joined Emily Mann for a Live at the Library event at the Princeton Public Library, talking about Having Our Say, the Delany sisters, and the process of adapting Bessie and Sadie Delany’s book into a work for the stage. You can scroll between the 14 videos by clicking on the arrows at either side of the viewer. Enjoy!

Posted by Adam Immerwahr, Producing Associate at McCarter Theatre. Videos filmed and edited by Erin Breznitsky.


An Audience in the Rehearsal Room
Posted by Robert OHara on March 25th, 2009

Today, Tarell returned to rehearsals after being away for a couple of days, and unfortunately he came after we were officially done. But there was a wonderful marketing reception and “presentation” of a scene from The Brothers Size.  Tarell introduced the scene and the actors performed with scripts in their hands and it went quite well.  One of the actors had to call for lines and even stopped find the right page and I loved seeing that because it reminded the invited audience of the rehearsal process. Many of them, I’m sure, have never been in an actual rehearsal and to watch how attentive they were even when an actor corrected himself or stopped was quite fascinating.

One should never underestimate the thrill and danger of live performance even in a rehearsal hall.  The moment the audience came into the room I felt, quite frankly, that our sacred space had been invaded, because as a director you really cringe at the thought of someone seeing your work in progress, but when the slight hiccup of an actors losing his place happened, I was instantly and oddly relieved.  It was such a joy to watch the audience WATCH Theater develop before their eyes and still have them “get it”.  The discussion afterwards, led by Tarell, was insightful and full of positive feedback. This was more than comforting because Tarell and I had both laughed about which scene we should present because we knew as we put it there would be “church-going folk” in the seats.  The scene, the actors, the playwright and the audience itself rose grandly to the occasion and made me feel all over again that I was very lucky and blessed to be allowed to participated in this process of presenting such an exciting and challenging new voice to the American Theater.

Posted by Robert O’Hara, Director of The Brothers Size and Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet at McCarter Theatre.


Rebecca Taichman: Live at the Library
Posted by Adam Immerwahr on March 19th, 2009

Director Rebecca Taichman visited the Princeton Public Library for a discussion about Twelfth Night, moderated by McCarter Director of Education, Christopher T. Parks. These videos were shot and edited by Erin Breznitsky, and I think give you a really great sense of how Rebecca created this extraordinary and visually stunning production.  Click the arrows on the side of the video to switch between clips, there are eleven in all!

Posted by Adam Immerwahr, Producing Associate at McCarter Theatre.


Mrs. Warren’s Profession: Live at the Library
Posted by Adam Immerwahr on January 20th, 2009

Director (and McCarter Artistic Director) Emily Mann and actress Suzanne Bertish recently went to the Princeton Public Library for a discussion about Mrs. Warren’s Profession.  The discussion was moderated by Princeton Professor Tamsen Wolff and these videos edited by Erin Breznitsky.  Enjoy.

Posted by Adam Immerwahr, Producing Associate at McCarter Theatre.


Season Preview: Mrs. Warren’s Profession
Posted by Adam Immerwahr on November 4th, 2008

At the beginning of the season, Emily Mann sat down with me to film a series of short videos on all the plays in our season.  Though we only have two of the videos out, so far they’ve received over 2,500 views (and counting), so obviously it’s something that folks want to watch.  So here’s the third video, on Emily’s production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, which stars the magnificent Suzanne Bertish (yes yes, you heard it first on the blog!!). Enjoy.

Posted by Adam Immerwahr, Producing Associate at McCarter Theatre.


Marshall W. Mason at the Library
Posted by Adam Immerwahr on October 10th, 2008

Last week, Talley’s Folly director Marshall W. Mason sat down with McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann for a wide-ranging discussion at the Princeton Public Library.  They discussed Lanford Wilson, Richard Schiff, Margot White and the history of the Circle Repertory Company.  Erin Breznitsky filmed the conversation and edited it into some YouTube clips, which you can see in the player below.  If you put your mouse over the video player, you can switch between the various clips. Enjoy!

Posted by Adam Immerwahr, Producing Associate at McCarter Theatre.


Mrs. Warren’s Petticoats
Posted by Adam Immerwahr on September 22nd, 2008

Intrepid literary manager Carrie Hughes recently sat down with Emily Mann for an interview about our upcoming production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, which Emily is directing.  Carrie asked Emily a question about her design process with costume designer Jennifer Von Mayrhauser, and I thought the answer was blogworthy, so I’ve excerpted it below.  I love that it shows the factors that go into a design, and what a director and designer might be thinking about at this point, a few months before the first rehearsal.

Carrie:  I know that you haven’t made your final decision about period yet, but you’re having your first round of conversations with your costume designer.  Can you talk a little bit about the issues that you and Jennifer are talking about?

Emily:  We haven’t decided yet if we’re going to put it in the 1890s or 1920s.  You know, it premiered in London in 1925 in twenties dress.  And it premiered here in 1895, in the dress of the day.  There are pros and cons to both.  The basic pro for 1895, besides it being the time when it’s written, is that for women, the cut of clothes accentuates the bosom, and the lines are very sexy.  It’s very glamorous and the hats are fabulous, and the shoulders are fabulous, and you know, all this is great.

But there’s something about the 20s that takes it out of being so far away from us in every day looks.  A lot of twenties dress looks not that different from now. It’s very modern looking and there’s something about it being mothers and daughters sitting around a kitchen table in more modern dress that’s also very appealing.  And, so what do you do with that?  And the underwear is different. In the 1920s you’re not corseted. It’s a big difference in how you hold yourself.  And the corseted look gives you the period, it gives it that period carriage and it makes it seem—I don’t know—like to the people in New Haven at the original American production:”Oh, it’s important. It’s a classic. It’s from England.”  So I don’t know which way we’re going to go.  I want it to not feel like a musty old historic piece, I want it to be very alive for now, which it is.  Which you know, I try to do with anything I’m working on historically so, I haven’t decided yet.  Both of us are intrigued with the decision.  We will have looked at a ton of materials before we make our choice.  It would be just so voluptuous to do it in the nineties…1890s. And so surprising and fresh to do it in the ’20’s.

Posted by Adam Immerwahr, Producing Associate at McCarter Theatre.


Video Interview: Rebecca Taichman
Posted by Adam Immerwahr on September 17th, 2008

As usual, the Shakespeare Theatre Company continues to provide really extraordinary digital content to support the education and cultivation of their audience.  Since we’re co-producing Twelfth Night with them this year, I hope that we will be able to take advantage of some of their unique digital ventures to share you our audiences as well.  Below, you can find a video of Rebecca Taichman (Twelfth Night director) that they recently posted on their YouTube page.  Enjoy!

Posted by Adam Immerwahr, Producing Associate at McCarter Theatre.


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