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Articles by hanna_prudente

Magda Romanska, Emerson professor and dramaturg for Café Variations provides behind the scenes insight into the production… The trouble is I can’t make sense of my life at all. I can’t see a beginning and a middle and an end It seems to me to be just a bunch of random vivid moments I think, when I am on my deathbed, I won’t look back on a story of my life I’ll just remember a…

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Dramaturgy student Tierra Bonser interviews Barney O’Hanlon, choreographer. Barney O’Hanlon, aside from playing the role of Harold in Café Variations, is working as choreographer on this (as many of the designers have described) immense piece of musical theatre comparable in size and vastness even to an opera. With as many as thirty people on stage and dancing at one time, O’Hanlon said his ultimate hope in regards to the choreography is for “the audience to…

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Emerson dramaturgy student Tierra Bonser interviews Brian Scott, Café Variations’ lighting designer. Brian Scott describes his role as lighting designer as a “visual storyteller with light composition, the purpose of which is to support the way a story is being told as a whole and to acknowledge the importance of smaller stories within it that can be brought out through wide shots or close ups.” Thank goodness this was a phone interview, because I was…

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By Corrie Glanville FILMS Brief Encounter (1945) I had the opportunity to see Kneehigh Theatre’s captivating stage adaptation at the American Conservatory Theater a few years ago, which incorporated clips from David Lean’s mournful 1945 film. Written by Noel Coward and based on his own play, Stillife, a shabby railway station café becomes the backdrop of a casual encounter between Laura Jesson and Alec Harvey. Though Laura is trapped in a stifling marriage, they fall…

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Emerson dramaturgy student Tierra Bonser interviews Caitlin Ward and Rafael Jaen, co-costume designers. They sat in the Emerson College costume shop across from each other and sounded like old friends, one picking up the conversation where the other left off, complementing one another and discovering new ideas as a team. “We complete each other’s sentences with design,” Rafael Jaen of Emerson College said of Caitlin Ward of SITI Company. “Caitlin paints images for the stage,”…

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