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Ted Hughes

Co-written with Lisa Rowe-Beddoe. When I sat in on my first rehearsal for Whistler in the Dark’s remount of Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid, I immediately noticed the text to be deeply imagistic, bursting from start to finish with sharp language describing the fundamental qualities of Air, Earth, Fire and Water. Constellations form in mid-air; actors dangle from icy-blue silks in the playing space. In one of the first myths, characters Callisto and Arcas find…

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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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David Dower, ArtsEmerson’s Director of Artistic Programs, chats with Whistler in the Dark’s Artistic Director Meg Taintor and Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid’s aerial silks consultant Jill Maio about the breathtaking silks work in the production (also directed by Meg). Hear how the idea to use silks came up, how the show has evolved from its premiere two years ago at the Factory Theater and why these aerial elements complement the myths. And don’t forget…

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