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    ANW’s Teacher of the Year 2016: Mary Lang

    We are happy to announce that Mary Lang has been selected as our 15-16 Teacher of the Year! While it was difficult to select one winner out of the many qualified and dedicated teachers with whom we work, we felt that Mary’s passion and commitment to her students and her willingness to go above and…

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    Meet Will Bradley!

    Figaro‘s funny Cherubin last spring is now the Bard’s leading man. Will Bradley made his ANW debut in Figaro, about which Stage Raw wrote, “Bradley could hardly make for a more appealingly frisky Cherubin.” Now he takes on one of the stage’s great roles as Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We talked to the…

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    “Embrace the wackiness!” of Shaw’s You Never Can Tell

    Director Stephanie Shroyer discusses the warmth and wisdom of Shaw’s sunniest, funniest play. “What family is not peculiar?” asks Stephanie Shroyer, guest director of George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell. “Embrace the wackiness!” extols Stephanie, who is an associate professor at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts (where she is also Associate Artistic Director). She’s…

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    Six Characters in Search of an Author: Meet the Stepdaughter

    She wants revenge. She wants to get to the truth: her truth and nothing but her truth. These six characters live in a fixed reality more painfully human than one could imagine. They are wandering spirits looking for an end—and to be set free as they plead their cases to a jury of actors. On…

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    Meet our Juliet!

    Newcomer stars as Juliet in her first performance at ANW Born and raised in Galway, Ireland, Donnla Hughes barely stepped off a plane at LAX before she was cast as an understudy in the Geffen’s production of Outside Mullingar. In similarly short order—yet after an extensive search process—Donnla was picked as our Juliet. A bachelor’s…

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    Spending Christmas with our Cast!

    After hearing patrons’ heartfelt comments about A Christmas Carol, we asked the cast to share a few words on what the show means to them. Alison Elliott (Belle/Ensemble): The best part about being in the show is the fact that we as performers get the opportunity to interact with the fourth spirit of A Christmas…

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    ‘round Every Corner: YOU NEVER CAN TELL

    When we first heard that Shaw’s wonderfully warm comedy would be part of the spring season, we hoped that Ovation Award winner Deborah Strang would play the intrepid-yet-irascible Mrs. Clandon. Prayers answered! Here, Deborah shares her thoughts on this wonderful—but—seldom seen role. “Shaw tends to terrify me; for many of his plays, I never feel…

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    You Asked, They Answered

    After every performance this fall, patrons have been filling out our post-show surveys (thank you!). Here are the some answers to a few frequently asked questions. ANTIGONE How did the actors prepare for their roles? Inger Tudor, Chorus: Primarily, Rob (Dean, the director) and I worked on making sure the Chorus was not like a…

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    THE CREATIVE PROCESS: Spotlight on Deborah Strang

    “Deborah Strang outdoes herself in this performance, one of her very best I have seen.” -Daniel Lowenstein, Director, UCLA Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions (CLAFI) Ms. Strang sheds light to the creative process of character development: Kate has watched her two sons and all of the neighborhood children grow up. They’ve played…

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    INSIDE THE INSIDERS: Where “Friendly, Bright, Insightful” Theatre Lovers Meet!

    Board Member and new INsider, Mark Rabinowitz, shares some thoughts on ANW’s literary group! I am a relatively new member of ANW’s INsiders literary club and as such, I might not be the person you would expect to hear from on the merits of the group. Some of the people in the group have been…

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