Category Archives: first rehearsal

Joining the ‘Beautiful Room’ Family

“This is a show about family,” explained Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein as he kicked off the meet and greet for The Most Beautiful Room in New York. Of course, he was referencing the story in the new musical, but if you didn’t know that you’d think he was talking about the dozens of people surrounding… Continue reading →

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Edelstein embarks on ENDGAME

Gordon Edelstein loves Endgame. There is no other way to put it. He talks about the play with profound insight. Always passionate about the theatre, his enthusiasm reaches new heights when he talks about this particular play, one of the most profound works of 20th century theatrical art. “I have done most of Beckett and… Continue reading →

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Launching METEOR SHOWER

Ever describe someone as a wild and crazy guy? Heard someone say “Excuuuuussseee me!”? These verbal tics didn’t develop on their own. Whether you know it or not, you are quoting Steve Martin, or more specifically, characters Martin created. “These phrases entered the vernacular. That’s doesn’t happen very often,” said Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein. Edelstein… Continue reading →

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First Rehearsal: The Last Five Years

First rehearsal is its own kind of ritual at Long Wharf Theatre. The cast and company get together and introduce themselves. The artists talk a little bit about their vision for the play, and then the cast reads the script together for the first time. Our production of The Last Five Years provided a welcome… Continue reading →

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First rehearsal: The Shadow of the Hummingbird

One of the traditions of first rehearsal at Long Wharf Theatre is that everyone in the company, from the leading performer to the rawest intern, introduces themselves and says what their role is in the institution. No one expects the actors and visiting artists to remember everyone, but it a statement of communal purpose. We… Continue reading →

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First rehearsal: 4000 Miles

When Associate Artistic Director Eric Ting was a little boy, his beloved grandmother would bite him on the arm each and every time they saw each other. “She used to leave full blown teeth marks, an imprint on my arm,” Ting laughed as he told his story to the assembled staff and company of 4000… Continue reading →

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First rehearsal: Fences

Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein characterized Tuesday as a historic day in Long Wharf Theatre’s history. For the first time, the theatre will produce the work of the master playwright August Wilson. The staff and creative team celebrated the first rehearsal of Fences, directed by Phylicia Rashad. Edelstein pointed out that Wilson had a fruitful relationship with… Continue reading →

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First rehearsal: The Underpants, “a gloriously hilarious comedy”

With all of the preparation to get ready for the first rehearsal of The Underpants by Steve Martin, one would have to forgive Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein for being a bit confused. “It’s a beautiful day today, which is an auspicious beginning for the opening of our 19 … 19? 2013-14 season,” he said to… Continue reading →

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