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2011-2012 Season

From the Artistic Director: Harvey

Posted on: May 15th, 2012 by Todd Haimes

 

Harvey first hit the scene back in 1944 and was last seen on Broadway in 1970. While many decades have passed since that appearance, I doubt that it will surprise many people attending this new production to learn who Harvey really is: a big white rabbit, or, to be exact, a pooka measuring six feet three-and-a-half inches tall. He also happens to be invisible. For some reason, the revelation of Harvey's identity is hardly a "spoiler.” The basics of this silly-seeming story are familiar to many: A man named Elwood P. Dowd carries on conversations with a giant rabbit who cannot be seen or heard by anyone else. Embarrassed by Elwood’s behavior, his sister seeks to have him committed, and she spends much of the play trying to convince a sanitarium to take him off her hands. This description might make the play sound like mere fluff or amusing hijinks, but I don’t think Harvey would be so present in our collective memory if the play were just that. So why has it endured? Of course, the play won the Pulitzer Prize and was turned into a hit film starring Jimmy Stewart, but I honestly don't think those accolades can completely explain why Harvey has burrowed his way into the common vernacular.

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2012 Award Season

Posted on: May 1st, 2012 by Roundabout

 

* = Winner

Tony Award Nominations:

Don't Dress for Dinner
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Spencer Kayden
Best Costume Design of a Play - William Ivey Long

Man and Boy
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - Frank Langella

The Road to Mecca
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Peter Kaczorowski

Full list of nominees.

Jennifer Tilly, Ben Daniels, and Spencer Kayden in 'Don't Dress for Dinner'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2012

Drama Desk Nominations:

Death Takes a Holiday
Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical – Kevin Earley
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical – Matt Cavenaugh
Outstanding Director of a Musical – Doug Hughes
Outstanding Music – Maury Yeston
Outstanding Lyrics – Maury Yeston
Outstanding Book of a Musical - Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone
Outstanding Costume Design – Catherine Zuber
Outstanding Lighting Design – Kenneth Posner
Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical – Jon Weston
Outstanding Orchestrations - Larry Hochman

Sons of the Prophet
Outstanding Actor in a Play – Santino Fontana
Sam Norkin Off Broadway Award – Stephen Karam: The profoundly moving Sons of the Prophet confirmed his status as one of the most promising playwrights of his generation.

The Road to Mecca
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – Jim Dale

Full list of nominees.

Jim Dale, Carla Gugino, and Rosemary Harris in 'The Road to Mecca'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011

Drama League Nominations:

Sons of the Prophet
Distinguished Performance Award: Santino Fontana

Man and Boy
Distinguished Performance Award: Frank Langella

The Road to Mecca
Distinguished Performance Award: Rosemary Harris

Look Back in Anger
Distinguished Revival of a Play
Distinguished Performance Award: Matthew Rhys

Read the full list of nominees.

Adam Driver, Sarah Goldberg, and Matthew Rhys in 'Look Back in Anger'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2012

Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations:

Death Takes a Holiday
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Outstanding New Score (Broadway of Off-Broadway)
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical — Rebecca Luker

Sons of the Prophet
*Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
Outstanding Actor in a Play — Santino Fontana
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play — Joanna Gleason

Don't Dress for Dinner
*Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play — Spencer Kayden
Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) — William Ivey Long

Read the full list of nominees.

Rebecca Luker, Michael Sibbery and the cast of 'Death Takes a Holiday'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011

New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards:

Sons of the Prophet
*Best Play

Full list of awards.

Lucille Lortel Award Nominations:

Death Takes a Holiday
Outstanding Costume Design — Catherine Zuber

Sons of the Prophet
*Outstanding Play
*Outstanding Lead Actor — Santino Fontana

Look Back in Anger
Outstanding Revival
Outstanding Director — Sam Gold
*Outstanding Featured Actor — Adam Driver
Outstanding Scenic Design — Andrew Lieberman

Read the full list of nominees.

Jonathan Louis Dent, Chris Perfetti, Santino Fontana and Yusef Bulos in 'Sons of the Prophet'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011


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Context & Terms: The Common Pursuit

Posted on: April 25th, 2012 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Beleaguered: Harrassed or troubled.

Stuart says words such as beleaguered make the magazine seem boring.

Incisive: Penetrating, clear, and sharp, as in operation or expression.

Nick feels Peter was incisive on his objective with Angela Thark.

Inveterate: Firmly and long established; deep-rooted.

Nick thinks all rich upper class people are inveterate snobs

Loquacious: Very talkative; Wordy and rambling.

Humphry calls Marigold a very loquacious girl

Nappies: British word for "diapers."

Nick calls a rival of his "nappies" because he was known as a bed-wetter.

Portent: Prophetic or threatening significance.

Stuart believes that seeing Hubert Stout was a portent.

Pugilist: One who practices the sport of fighting with the fists; boxer.

Nick jokes and calls Humphry as pugilist as well as a poet

The Common Pursuit plays at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre/Laura Pels Theatre through July 29, 2012. For more information, click here.

The cast of 'The Common Pursuit'; Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2012


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