Posts Tagged a midsummer night’s dream

Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Charlene A. Donaghy

Who are you? Charlene A. Donaghy

What do you do? Playwright.  Production Manager.  Educator.  Eternal adventurer.

Where are you from originally? Connecticut

How long have you been working in Boston? 2.5 years

Why do you stay? I’m based down the road in the hinterland woods of Connecticut, midday between Boston and NYC, but Boston is one of my theatre homes.  I am deeply ingrained in the Boston theatre scene because of the people!!  They offer community, talent, creativity, intelligence, dedication, fun, adventurous spirits, and so much more.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Seeing a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a barn.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? 7 years old – a scary eye operation – my mom taking me to a play beforehand to calm and entrance me.

What was your first job in theatre? The role of the Nurse in a musical called Dracula Baby.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? Is there anything ever better than really good brick-oven pizza with cast and crew before, during, and after a show?

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? M&Ms

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? As a playwright, it is a rare occasion for me to tread the boards.  But, when I do venture forth in great character roles, I eat after….ditto that for watching one of my shows performed – after.

If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? More female playwrights seeing their works produced.

What kind of theater excites you? All kinds!

What advice do you have for artists just starting out? For playwrights, find a good writers’ group with peer’s you can respect.  Get your butt in the chair and write!  Collaborate with other theatre artists!  Be nice!

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Lush, lively, local – I think YAY!!

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Birgitta Dahlgren Knuttgen

Who are you? Birgitta Dahlgren Knuttgen

What do you do? I am a retired professor of languages, literature & theatre. I work in the Stage Source Library.

Where are you from originally? Gothenburg, Swedan, an important theatre town.

How long have you been working in Boston? I moved to boston in the 1960s.

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Probably a summertime production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a park. I was a mesmerized 6-year-old.

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? It would have been something at the Charles Playhouse. They had a fine rep. company in the 1960s.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? I don’t tend to eat much before a show.

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? Tigerbars.

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? No, I usually don’t. Just water & coughdrops & maybe a tigerbar.

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? I thoroughly enjoy living in this diverse and lively Theatre Town – it has grown tremendously since the 60s.

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Getting Lively, Lush & Local With: Stephen Benson

Who are you? Stephen Benson

What do you do? Act, direct, teach as often as I can

Where are you from originally? Charlotte, NC

How long have you been working in Boston? Since 1983

What’s your earliest theatre memory? Shakespeare in Florida, meeting the glittered cast of Midsummer Night’s Dream after the show – miraculous

What’s your first theatre memory in Boston? The RSC in Peter Brook’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – more miraculous

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had before a show? The best one was after a show, Saturday Sunday Monday at London’s National Theatre – all the cooking of garlic and eating of an Italian meal made me ravenous

What’s your favorite rehearsal snack? I’m ashamed to say donuts

Do you eat before you go on stage or do you wait until after your performance to eat? After, man, it must be after

The Boston Theatre Conference is focusing on the lively, lush and local aspects of our theatre community. What do you think? Would you really call Boston lush?

YOUR TURN! Write to us here!

 

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