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TAME./Shrew: Three women talk about facing the Bard's troubling play head on - DC Theatre Scene
WSC Avant Bard is presenting a world premiere and critics have lavished praise on its playwright. “Jonelle Walker’s vivid, artfully unnerving TAME. is a retort to Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew,” raved Celia Wren in The Washington Post. (The title of the play, by the way, is all caps and ends with a full-stop.) …

Henley: Cam, was Delia’s production the only one you’ve dramaturged or worked on?

Magee: I’ve played Kate, a bunch of times, full productions and in schools for the Folger. The full production was with Michael Tolaydo (and I did one in college), but I was very lucky with my director [Tolaydo] in that he didn’t put any politics in our Shrew. And he also let me play her as someone who had never been touched.

Walker: That’s fascinating.

Magee: So the kiss in the street, when she offers him the kiss in the street, she had no idea how to kiss. But if you quote me on anything, I want you to quote me on this, because this is what I believe after all these years with Shrew: I don’t think that Shrew needs to be redeemed. I think Shrew needs to stop being politicized. Because I don’t think it can hold it. And I think that’s why Ally’s play and Jonelle’s play are important. Because they can hold those big ideas. I don’t think Shrew can. It’s not really about that. It’s flimsy. It’s fluff.

Currin: And can I say something? I love Shrew, I do, but it’s not that good. In the canon, it’s not that good. There’s so much that doesn’t hold water in it. And in our contemporary minds, we pour so much of our perspective onto this poor little text that was not intended to do what we are trying to do to it.

on-my-own-little-planet said: uh so fun fact i was at the opening of Lazarus, at New York Theatre Workshop. it’s pretty avant-garde, so you should go in expecting that. I wasn’t and got a pretty big surprise, and i think the rest of the audience did too

TBH if you went into a David Bowie musical not expecting avant-garde I’m not really sure what to tell you

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338 - Expression

There’s nothing to paint anymore.
We’ve seen everything from the classical to the absurd.
There’s nothing to write anymore.
As many books are shredded as read.
There’s nothing to sing anymore.
The once avant-garde is now background music.

In a world where expression seems futile, it is hard to maintain creativity. But creativity is a primal impulse. Cave people painted on walls; everyone’s house has some image on display. Primitive scribes wrote records of their experiences; people still keep diaries. Early shamans sang; we still live with music. We cannot abandon creative expression in our daily lives, though it seems hard to come up with something new.

The only way to have fresh expression is to go deep within. In a sense, today’s extreme pluralism eliminates the obligation to do the same as others. At one time, artists, priests, writers, musicians, and craftsmen were obligated to their feudal lords. Today we are not constrained by hierarchical standards. We are free to commune directly with our inner callings.

By coincidence, this mirrors a more sophisticated understanding of the divine. We are no longer in a position of supplication with what is divine. Rather, divinity is a quality from within ourselves.

- Deng Ming-Dao

A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde opens today!

Planned in anticipation of the centennial year of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this exhibition brings together 260 major works from our collection, tracing the period of artistic innovation between 1912 and 1935, and highlights breakthrough developments in the conception of Suprematism and Constructivism, as well as in avant-garde poetry, theater, photography, and film.

For more info, visit http://mo.ma/RevolutionaryImpulse

[El Lissitzky. Proun 19D.1920 or 1921. Gesso, oil, varnish, crayon, colored papers, sandpaper, graph paper, cardboard, metallic paint, and metal foil on plywood. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Katherine S. Dreier Bequest]