Tag Archive for Dramaturgy

Bloody Love

By Robert Onorato   Big Love is violent. There’s no way around it. You probably know this. You’ve read it, or heard about our production from an actor or production team member, or if nothing else have seen our poster,…

EC + CM = <3

Written by Robert Onorato, Assistant Dramaturg Emerson College loves Charles Mee. Emerson Stage’s production of Big Love is only the latest bit of Mee-love the students and faculty of Emerson have lavished upon and cult playwright in recent years. Big…

THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE: speechlessness in the literal, figurative, and historical sense

By Jamie Hovis Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale is a modern adaptation of the Greek myth of Philomele as told in Sophocles’ Tereus and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The story follows two sisters, Athenian princesses, Procne and Philomele. Years after Procne is married to Tereus, the king…

BIG LOVE: an update of a classic myth with a timeless theme

By Robin Goldberg   The central storyline of Big Love is based on a classic Greek myth, The Danaids. The writer, Aeschylus, drew his inspiration from Danais, a Greek epic poem written by a “cyclic poet” (one of Homer’s contemporaries). The poem existed mostly in…

The Parallel Nightmare

by Gabriel Graetz, dramaturg Nick Sulfaro, who plays George Spelvin in The Actor’s Nightmare, found this fascinating passage in the autobiographical introduction to Christopher Durang Explains It All For You. It parallels George’s story to an uncanny degree: “I was…