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    Translating Theatre: Your guide to stage-lingo

    Theatre language can be daunting for even the experienced theatre-goer. A comprehensive Theatre to English Dictionary does not yet exist, so in the meantime, we offer a few translations from behind the scenes to help you feel more prepared and in-the-know the next time you’re at ANW. 1. Vom. Now we know what you are…

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    Storytelling and Arts in Prison

    At A Noise Within, an important part of our work involves engagement with community organizations whose values align with our own. In setting our production of Man of La Mancha in a modern-day prison facility, director Julia Rodriguez-Elliott hoped to showcase the transforming effect storytelling can have on the lives of prisoners. This spring we developed partnerships…

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    Asked and Answered: King Lear Projections

    We’ve pulled together a few of our favorite questions from the post-show surveys about the projections in King Lear, and asked our projection designer Dave Mickey to tell us about the design process and how the visuals came together. What was the design process like? It was a collaboration among Julia, Fred (Kinney, scenic designer) and me. I was brought in…

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    Asked and Answered: Ah, Wilderness!

    We always get amazing responses from you in our post-show surveys! With the season in full swing, we thought it would be a perfect time to have our Ah, Wilderness! cast answer some of your questions.  How did your understanding of O’Neill influence your character? Alan Blumenfeld (Sid Davis): Ah, Wilderness! is O’Neill’s idealized vision of what he wished his…

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    Happy Valentine’s Day from the cast of King Lear

    To celebrate Valentine’s Day next week, we interrupted rehearsals for King Lear and asked a few of the actors for their favorite romantic sonnets. Click the videos below to see ANW Resident Artist Rafael Goldstein and ANW guest artists Trisha Miller and Kasey Mahaffy each read one of Shakespeare’s most romantic sonnets!   Test Yourself….

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    Behind the scenes of the Ah, Wilderness! photo shoot

    Last week, actors Nicholas Hormann, Ian Littleworth, Emily Goss, and Deborah Strang, along with director Steve Robman met in downtown L.A for an Ah, Wilderness! photo shoot. Fabulous photographer Daniel Reichert took some incredible shots of the group in his studio. Check out a few behind-the-scenes pictures from the evening of the shoot. See the…

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    King Lear: First Rehearsal Rundown

    On Wednesday, January 11th, the artists of this spring’s King Lear assembled for the very first time! Joined by ANW staff and a group from Monrovia High School*, the cast and crew introduced themselves and settled into Lawrence Rehearsal Hall—their home for the coming few weeks. The evening began with designer presentations. Scenic Designer Fred Kinney kicked off…

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    Meet Matt and Emily, the darling duo in spring’s Ah, Wilderness!

    This Spring’s production of Ah, Wilderness! will feature two ANW newcomers to the leading roles of Richard Miller and Muriel McComber. Read on and get to know Matt Gall (Richard) and Emily Goss (Muriel) through the questions below!   Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and where did you study? Matt: I…

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    Young Actor Spotlight: Meet 6th grader Sam Christian! Patron, Student, and Actor

    Last month we chatted with Samuel Christian, 11-year-old cast member in A Christmas Carol. Sam first attended ANW two years ago as an audience member and has since participated in our Young Actor’s Workshop and Summer with Shakespeare programs. Read on to discover what he learned in these classes that prepared him to be on…

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