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    Q&A with Dale & Amy on Returning to Dorian Gray

    After experiencing enormous success with audiences and critics at its 2006 premier at Boston Court Pasadena, A Picture of Dorian Gray has now come to ANW’s stage to sensationalize and seduce audiences once again. ANW’s production also brings back a few familiar faces from the original ensemble – Dale Sandlin and Amy Tolsky. The two of…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are in Rehearsals

    Trapped in a play within a play within a play. Flipping coins that always come up heads. Stuck in Shakespeare Purgatory. Such is the ill-fated destiny of our two heroes, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. As we found out in first rehearsal, every aspect of the play will amplify the cat-and-mouse game that looms over the characters….

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    Q&A: Angela Balogh Calin & the Costumes of Man of La Mancha

    As you all know, the critic and audience favorite Man of La Mancha has returned to the stage – and so have the excellent designs of Costume Designer and Resident Artist, Angela Balogh Calin.  We decided to ask her a few questions about her costuming experience, particularly with Man of La Mancha. Q: How or why did you…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    Q&A with Cassandra Murphy About Reprising Her Role As Aldonza

    We’re so excited welcome back Cassandra Marie Murphy to our revival of Man of La Mancha this year. Cassandra was kind enough to talk to us about her return to the beloved character of Aldonza! What is your take on the character of Aldonza/Dulcinea? Aldonza is an incredibly complex character. She’s calloused and has learned to…

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    Sardines & Sardines: A Prop-tastic Disaster

    Noises Off has quite a lot on its plate – sardines, axes, flower bouquets, spare burglar costumes – you never know what you’ll find behind the curtain! With all its choreographed chaos, the production demands quite a lot from the cast and crew. And if the sardines don’t flop just the right way, you’re in for…

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    Noises Off Actors Dish on Their Theatrical Disasters

    Mistakes and mishaps can happen to anyone, but for actors onstage, the stakes are much higher when an entire audience has their eyes on you. The characters in Noise Off trip over themselves to put on the best performances of their lives, but, to their dismay, disaster after disaster makes their production spin out of their…

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    Langston Hughes: The Poetic Inspiration for Lorraine Hansberry

    Langston Hughes was one of the most prominent writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance, a golden age of African American art in the 1920s that celebrated black life and culture through literature, music, stage performance, and visual art. Hughes’ poetry in particular was heavily influenced by jazz music, which he considered “one of the…

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    A Tale of Two Beneathas

    Following a student matinee, cast members swarm the green room as they gather their things, exchange hugs, and poke fun at each other’s expense – much like they did as an onstage family. Sarah Hollis, who plays Beneatha Younger, talks about how during a Sunday performance she forgot her shirt onstage when she left to…

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    Q&A with Noises Off Set Designer Fred Kinney

    Michael Frayn’s side-splitting, critically-acclaimed farce Noises Off is making its much-anticipated return to our stage this season, setting up for hysterical laughter, actors running amok, and drama both onstage and offstage.  To prepare for the show, we went behind the proverbial curtain to talk to Fred Kinney, Set Designer for our production of Noises Off. Could you…

  • Bridgette Ramirez

    The King and the Tennis Ball

    Did you know tennis balls can start a war? Just ask King Henry. At the beginning of Henry V, the prince of France sends Henry an insulting message via a bag of tennis balls that he is unfit to be king and is better off playing games and goofing around like he did during his youth….

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