Category Archives: Long Wharf Theatre Mainstage C. Newton Schenck III Claire Tow

Drama Notes: Aaron Posner

First published in 1967, Chaim Potok’s coming-of-age novel The Chosen has become a beloved literary classic. The story of an unlikely friendship between two boys from different worlds growing up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the 1940s evokes universal truths about the power of friendship, the importance of relationships between fathers and sons, and the difficulty… Continue reading →

Posted in Dramaturgy, Playwrights | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment.

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 →

Posted in Actor profiles | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment.

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 →

Posted in Actor profiles | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment.

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 →

Posted in Actor profiles | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment.

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 →

Posted in Actor profiles | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment.

Drama Notes: Matthew Barber

Like the protagonist of her novel Eleanor & Abel – which Matthew Barber has adapted here into his new play Fireflies – Annette Sanford was a high school English teacher in a small Texas town. She was always fascinated by short stories, and would write them during her summers off. After 25 years, she left… Continue reading →

Posted in Creative team profiles, Dramaturgy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment.

5 Tips from a Chef to Cook Like a Pro

The cast of The Most Beautiful Room in New York are talented actors, singers, and dancers, but a few of them have to show some culinary talent on stage too. To help the actors out director Gordon Edelstein asked the talented Alex Blifford to come visit rehearsal. Alex is the Chef de Cuisine at Zinc,… Continue reading →

Posted in In Rehearsal | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment.

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 →

Posted in Long Wharf Theatre insider | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment.

DRAMA NOTES: An Interview with Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik, the writer of book and lyrics for The Most Beautiful Room in New York, is perhaps best known as a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he’s contributed fiction, non-fiction, criticism, satire, and memoir since 1986. He’s written numerous books during his tenure there, including Paris to the Moon, inspired by the… Continue reading →

Posted in Creative team profiles, Dramaturgy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment.

The Most Beautiful Room In New York | A Note On The New Title

LEARN ABOUT THE SHOW Titles are magical things made by mundane means. Authors work hard at titles, compiling lists and sharing them anxiously with friends, but when a title works it just works – though whether it works because the title brought grace to the project or because the project gave the title a grace… Continue reading →

Posted in Creative team profiles, Long Wharf Theatre insider, Show Announcement | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment.