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Jan.13.2009
San Francisco Arts Monthly
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, whose new play, T.I.C. Trenchcoat in Common, world-premieres here this month, should be easily identifiable among the java-drinkers at a Mission District café—after all, he’s 6’6”. But he’s sitting down, so he identifies me by my searching gaze. A lanky thirtysomething, he’s casual in a plaid shirt, with a shy, eager smile, a laptop and...
Article
Aug.15.2008
San Francisco Arts Monthly
“Writing The Tyrant was the most pleasurable composition process I’ve ever had in my life,” says renown new-music composer Paul Dresher. Sitting in a sunny, Zen-like restaurant complex courtyard in Berkeley’s gourmet ghetto, Dresher is taking a break from rehearsal to eat a bento box lunch and discuss his latest work, a solo chamber opera inspired by an Italo...
Article
Aug.15.2008
Back Stage
When Lee Strasberg directed the Group Theatre premiere of Sidney Kingsley’s Crisis (later called Men in White), he took the cast to a hospital to talk to doctors and nurses and rehearsed the operating-room choreography more than 100 times in three months (as Wendy Smith writes in Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America 1931-1940). The actors also practiced...