Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Equivocation: A Video From the Playwright

Equivocation played at the Marin Theatre Company in 2010 and this clip from Father Bill Cain discussing his script is just lovely. 

"Some people have said Equivocation is a play about religion. Religion is certainly involved as part of the plot. But for me the act of DOING a play is the religious act. It's the gathering of a community around a story. And the story that we face is the almost invariably a story of holiness, it's a story of a journey to become the person that you are called to be. So I think theatre is religious by nature. Religion is part of the fabric of this play, but so is theatre, so is politics, so is family. It's a big play in that way."

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Three Days of Rain: The Family Trees

Because I think it's a little bit helpful in this story that unwinds in reverse, here's a look at the players in Three Days of Rain

Ned/Walker is played by Tasi Alabastro; Lina/Nan is played by Katie O'Bryon Champlin; Theo/Pip is played by Robert Sean Campbell. And that's all I'm going to say to avoid some spoilers. Enjoy the show!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Three Days of Rain: A Word from the Director

Three Days of Rain has been on my bucket list for many years now and due to rights restrictions or other conflicts, it’s only now coming to life on the Dragon stage as my last show in my last year as the Artistic Director of Dragon. This makes it that much more special for me to be able to tell this story with three wonderfully talented and lovely actors and to present it to you, the Dragon audience. This is a beautiful story about familial disconnectedness (with which many of us are familiar), and the loneliness of intimacy. The legacy that these two young architects have created and passed down to their children – whether they wanted that burden or not – plays out in the relationships that the characters have with each other and those around them. This story allows us to understand more of our own assumptions or misunderstandings about our own parents, whether we are close with them or they were taken from us too early. It’s also so special to me as a director and for the actors because in the Act II the same performers play the parents of their Act I characters. If you know my work you’ll know I love stories that give actors the terrific challenge of playing multiple characters. Thank you for sharing this heart-warming and sometimes heart-breaking tale with me.

I give special thanks to my wonderful cast (Tasi, Robert, and Katie), my wonderful production team (Rachel, Kat, Nate, Karl, John, Jess, and Jacqueline), and the amazing support staff behind the scenes of Dragon (Kim, Taylor, Max, Alika, Josiah, Nancy, and Karen). I wouldn’t have wanted to go on this roller-coaster ride with anyone else. 

Thank you!

Meredith Hagedorn
Founding Artistic Director of Dragon Productions Theatre

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Three Days of Rain: Meet the Playwright

Richard Greenberg was born in New York in 1958. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton with a bachelor’s degree where he studied creative writing under Joyce Carol Oates. He attended Harvard for graduate work in English and American Literature but dropped out when he was accepted to the Yale School of Drama’s prestigious playwrighting program in 1985. In 1998 his play Three Days of Rain was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. It was commissioned by the South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, California and premiered there in 1997. It then transferred to New York for its Off-Broadway premiere in 1998 with Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Whitford, and John Slattery. It won the 1998 Obie Award for Directing and was the 1998 Drama Critic’s Circle Award Runner-Up. Mr. Greenberg is probably best known for his play, Take Me Out, because it won the 2003 Tony award for Best Play and was nominated for the 2003 Pulitzer Award for Drama.