Inside SKYLIGHT: Personal Connections with Katie Karel

Since my first encounter with this play, my life has taken an absurd amount of turns.

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Inside ONCE ON THIS ISLAND: Where Do I Belong?

It was a struggle, to be frank, and as I tried to find my connection to the character, little did I know how identifiable his life was to mine. Never quite feeling as if I belonged to a group of Black people or to a group of White people.

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Inside ONCE ON THIS ISLAND: Disovering Ti Moune

I must admit I did not know much about Ti Moune, except that she is a young Caribbean islander and I am a young-ish American with a Midwestern, newscaster, accent.

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Inside ONCE ON THIS ISLAND: Choreography and Understanding

Once on this Island requires a rather close collaboration between director and choreographer, perhaps even more so than many musicals since the piece is essentially wall-to-wall music.

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Inside FULL GALLOP: “What Is It Exactly, That You Do?”

“What is it, exactly, that you do?” That, or some variation, is the question I get asked the most. What does a director do? Every other job in the theater is easy to define.

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Inside FULL GALLOP: The Actor-Audience Relationship

“But when those lights come up and the music fades out it’s just me. And you, the audience. You are my scene partner. I have to feed you the right lines and hope you return the favor. I have to hope you are responsive and attentive. I have to confide in you and cajole you and a couple of times even insult you.”

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Inside FULL GALLOP: A Leap of Faith
In this 3-part series, PerformInk takes you inside Spinning Tree Theatre’s production of FULL GALLOP through blog posts written by the people behind the scenes. To read past “Inside” articles click here. By Andrew Grayman-Parkhurst The first question I’m often asked by patrons is, “How did you find this show?”... Read more
Inside PROJECT DAWN: A Dramaturg’s Approach

Perhaps it was the play’s seamless alignment with what I want to tackle artistically. Perhaps it was an awareness of my privilege and that of the playwright. Perhaps it was my long history in the nonprofit sector. Perhaps it was all of these reasons and others I don’t even know yet. What is clear to me, however, is that from the beginning, I felt the societal importance of this work.

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INSIDE SEA MARKS: Building a Two-Person World

Designer Gary Mosby takes us behind the scenes of the set design for KCAT’s SEA MARKS

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INSIDE SEA MARKS: Lessons from a Welsh Divorcee

The thing that’s resonated most with me is, after being married for 20 years, how important it is to have a relationship. One thing I’ve realized is that I don’t think about me, personally, being alone and how hard that can be. So that when you do find that companionship, especially one that seems to be working so well, you think how scary it would be to then have that possibly be taken away from you.

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