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My Secret Summer With Anna K.

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2013 | 5:28 PM

I have a dozen things I am supposed to be focusing on this summer: writing the last two chapters of my book, fundraising for A.C.T.'s new mid-Market theater, planning all the details of next season and beginning to program the season beyond, to name a few. But for the past...

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Imagining Women

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 6:45 PM

Now that I've actually read Sheryl Sandberg's richly rewarding book Lean In, I can't help but observe my own daily behavior differently. My field, my work and my life are radically different from Sandberg's, yet I cringed with recognition at so many of her anecdotes and examples. I also realized...

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Leaning in With Sheryl Sandberg

(8) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 3:36 PM

Sheryl Sandberg has thrown down the gauntlet. According to advance press about her new book Lean In, Ms. Sandberg believes that women's failure to advance to high echelons of leadership is in part attributable to our own lack of ambition and under-developed self-confidence. I admire Sandberg's vision and ambition, and...

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How to Connect the Tribes?

(9) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 8:07 AM

In a recent article for San Francisco magazine (October 2012) entitled "How Much Tech Can One City Take?", writer Daniel Talbot wrestles with the pros and cons of the huge explosion of tech activity and tech wealth in San Francisco.

On the positive side of the ledger:...

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Whither Working Mothers?

(6) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 4:30 PM

Consider the case of Mildred Dresselhaus. According to a recent article in the New York Times Science Section (3 July 2012), she was born into poverty, learned to ride the subway by herself from the Bronx to Greenwich Village to attend music school at age 6, got a PhD in...

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The Loss of the Old

(9) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 11:30 AM

I have been thinking a great deal lately about whether we in the American theater are missing the bigger picture by obsessing so exclusively on the development of new plays. Charles McNulty recently wrote a fine piece in the Los Angeles Times about the astonishing pleasure of revisiting...

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Can The Arts Survive Without Banks?

(3) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 12:52 PM

At an opera performance I recently attended, a pre-show announcement indicated that the performance had been sponsored by a particular bank, at which point a huge number of audience members booed.
Having satisfied themselves that they had thereby distanced themselves from the evil 1% that was bringing America...

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Too Much Transparency?

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 1:54 PM

Peter Marks of the Washington Post recently wrote an angry response to Arena Stage's banning of the press from its weekend convening of great theater minds (who gathered November 4-5 in Washington to discuss the relationship of the commercial to the nonprofit sector in the development of new...

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Acting in the Tenderloin

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 1:25 PM

It has always been a truism that people who play Little League are more likely to watch baseball later in life, and those who have studied an instrument are more likely to listen to classical music. As we in the world of live theater wrestle with how to engage new...

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Acting in the Tenderloin

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 1:25 PM

It has always been a truism that people who play Little League are more likely to watch baseball later in life, and those who have studied an instrument are more likely to listen to classical music. As we in the world of live theater wrestle with how to engage new...

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Staying Local With Tales Of The City

(7) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 2:36 PM

After an unprecedented sold-out run at the American Conservatory Theater, the new musical of Tales Of The City closed on Sunday July 31. As I was sitting in a packed and tearful house watching the final performance, my mind kept returning to a subject I have been wrestling with for...

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