Monthly Archives: October 2017

Jane Alexander: Actor, Author, Conservationist

By any measure, Jane Alexander has had a remarkable career as an actress. She is a recipient of Tony and Obie awards, and has appeared in some of the most important stage and film work of the 20th century. Her contributions, however, move beyond the entertainment industry. She served as the chair of the National… Continue reading →

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Judith Ivey Comes Home

Home, as they say, is wherever you hang your hat. That cliché happens to be true in the case of most actors. For Judith Ivey, returning to Long Wharf Theatre to appear in Fireflies certainly reinforces the old saw. Ivey is a native of Texas. The setting of Fireflies is a fictional small town in Texas…. Continue reading →

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Denis Arndt: ‘An Itinerant Arts Worker’

There are a few individual performances that Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein speaks of with sheer reverence, a respect and deep appreciation for the artistry on display. One of those instances came in 1984, in a production of The Ballad of Soapy Smith by Michael Weller at the Public Theater. Denis Arndt played the title character,… Continue reading →

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FIREFLIES’ McFarland Fan of ‘Smart New Haven Audiences’

Christopher Michael McFarland is the youngest member of the cast of Fireflies, but one can argue he might have spent the most time of them all in front of New Haven audiences. McFarland, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, is appearing in the role of Eugene in Fireflies. Eugene, the town cop, arrived… Continue reading →

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Why Fireflies Glow

Suddenly a spark. That’s an apt description of a firefly. It’s also pretty appropriate to describe the romantic theme of the play Fireflies. There is, after all, a reason why these otherwise invisible pinpricks of magic, who appear to us as the light of day changes, became the namesake for this Matthew Barber-composed work. “Fireflies… Continue reading →

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FIREFLIES: Juicy Questions for Conversation and Reflection

“Fireflies” is a play rich with themes. Trust. Judgement. Certainty. Freedom. Dreams. Big ideas that resonate in all of our lives, just as they define the characters on stage. What I’m dying to know is how my friends and family connect with these themes, both in the play and in their own experience. Here are… Continue reading →

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Playwright Jen Silverman and ‘All the Roads Home’

Writer Jen Silverman is obsessed with character and all of its manifestations in her work. “I am only interested in plot in so much as it illustrates how far a character is willing to go to get what they want. I am also really interested in families and the ways we are seen and not… Continue reading →

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Playwright Jonathan Payne and ‘Poor Edward’

Playwright Jonathan Payne’s day job is as a social worker, supporting people with mental health issues who want to go back to college. Through his work he met an unlikely couple, D and A (names withheld for privacy). They were homeless and A struggled with schizophrenia. “I am working on the fringes of society and… Continue reading →

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Playwright Christopher Chen and ‘Passage’

Christopher Chen is trying to do nothing less in his work as a playwright than create a new form. “I think one of my goals as a playwright is to really find ways to activate the audience, and myself as a writer in the process, by specifically trying to turn over subject matter in new… Continue reading →

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