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Articles by Alex Ates

  It’s funny, after almost a year and a half of existence, The Shakespearean Jazz Show has lived in two cites. Two very different cities…in two very different regions. However, both cities are crucial to the production’s existence and development: Boston and New Orleans. The piece was born in Boston as a student production at Emerson College, but the streets of New Orleans stirred the initial impulse for the piece –both cities inspired the inception…

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Boston’s Whistler in the Dark Theatre Company premiered Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid a year ago in a small, quirky venue for fringe productions. As they begin re-rehearsing it for ArtsEmerson in the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, to what extent are they “brushing up” the already-made production and to what extent are they making a new piece? Director Meg Taintor doesn’t see this as a chance to create a new production, but instead as an opportunity…

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Meg Taintor, director of Whistler in the Dark’s Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid, is a different kind of artistic leader. Having had the privilege of observing the rehearsal process (a privilege that Taintor made available to all Emerson College students), it was exhilarating to witness different style of rehearsal process for a different style of show.  As director of the Whistler ensemble, she must encourage creativity, keep lines of communication open, and lead a collaborative process in which actors perform…

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