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Rob Orchard

“When Chekhov is front of [Dodin] there is a conversation. Don’t see Three Sisters just to know about Chekhov. Chekhov is in a book you can read it. This is about Dodin and his actors who are trying to bring [Chekhov] back. . . This is the reaction of a contemporary person to what is going on [in the text].” – Anatoly Smeliansky   There are many great opportunities that come with presenting international work,…

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This week, we welcome Jean Claude-Carriere and his 90 minute telling of the one of the world’s oldest foundational texts The Mahabharata. In preparation, Rob Orchard shares his memories of seeing Peter Brook’s and Carriere’s theatre epic in 1987. I think I had seen at least three productions by the legendary director Peter Brook before I experienced in one long day his epic Mahabharata at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in October, 1987. I had witnessed with…

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Now we are five. Every parent will remember this age. There’s a moment around this time, and it generally takes you by total surprise, when you catch sight of your child out of the corner of your eye preoccupied by their own thoughts and unaware of being watched, and for just a flash of an instant you see the person they will become. A friend of mine once said, of that moment with her own…

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As you may have heard, on January 1st the leadership of ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage, will be passed on to David Dower, our Director of Artistic Programs, and I will take on an active part-time role as Founder and Creative Consultant. At the time I was raising this prospect with Emerson’s President Lee Pelton, the media was covering every move in the Market Basket chess match. The struggle and strategy of leadership alternatives was…

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ArtsEmerson Executive Director Rob Orchard reminisces about his experience working with Susan Sontag at the American Repertory Theater.  I had the pleasure of working with Susan Sontag twice at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge – once as a director in 1985, and once as a playwright in 1996. The first time was the most memorable. When I think back on the 1985 project it’s hard not to chuckle at the accumulated pedigree and intellectual…

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