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la belle et la bete

Emerson student and Creative Producer in Training Stefan Martin interviews Polly K. Carl, Director of the Center for Theater Commons and consulting dramaturg on La Belle et la Bête.  Stefan Martin: How did this collaboration between you and Lemieux Pilon 4D Art come about? Polly K. Carl: What’s so powerful about the work that Victor and Michel are doing is that they really have such a strong sense of the spectacle and the kind of…

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Polly K. Carl, Director of the The Center for the Theater Commons, discusses the adaptation of La Belle et la Bête with Lemieux Pilon 4D Art co-founders and co-directors Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. Lemieux and Pilon discuss the original French story, their love for French film director Jean Cocteau, and how the fairy tale connects technology with modern expectations of beauty. Together, they analyze the resurgence of fairy tales in mainstream culture and the ways that…

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by Polly K. Carl Director of The Center for the Theater Commons His eyes are everything I’ve been trying to express. Ahhhh! I really want to paint him. Sure, he’s hideous, but lovely. —Belle in La Belle et la Bête Recently, I watched the pilot episode for the CW channel’s new “Beauty and the Beast” series. I can honestly say I don’t watch network television as a general rule but in this case a playwright…

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When I first encountered Pan’s Labyrinth in 2007, my initial reaction was disgust. All I could remember after watching the film was a scene in which a frog essentially turns itself inside out (that’s a nice way of putting it), and I was wondering why such a nasty visual was deemed necessary by visionary director Guillermo del Toro. Yet, days later, my mind was still down the labyrinth, hanging out with that creepy monster with…

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