Drama Desk celebrated the 65th anniversary of the organization and the 60th year of its awards with a sparkling Diamond Jubilee at Sardi's on November 15th. Lauren Yarger reports.
From Our Desks
An ensemble of 2015 Drama Desk nominees wax wise to Doug Strassler about the wonderous news that their hard work won recognition.
On Wednesday, May 6, there was plenty of talent buzzing about New World Stages long before typical matinee time. That’s because it played host to the Drama Desk nominee reception for the 2014-2015 theater season.
Journalist, critic, and Drama Desk member Jonathan Mandell posed this essential question to more than a score of 2015 Drama Desk Award nominees at this year's reception.
“I think that every revolutionary idea begins in the theater, and that we have a responsibility as theater artists to put forth the vision of what we want our world to look like,” says Tonya Pinkins, one of the twenty-one New York theater artists who were asked this basic question.
Drama Desk was saddened to learn of the passing of Margaret Croyden, long-time member and acclaimed theater journalist and critic. She died on February 22, 2015, at the age of 92, at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home in Englewood, NJ, where she had resided for two weeks due to declining health, her family announced.
For theater audiences, there's no better show business topic than show business. John Istel reports on Drama Desk's latest panel, moderated by Adrienne Onofri.
Why have producers been mounting so many plays about plays lately, and why do audiences seem to love them so much?
Tom McMorrow, Drama Desk ex-president and Drama Desk News editor, offers his archive of theater history columns: "Broadway 100 Years Ago: Theater from Booth to Bernhardt to the Barrymores."
(Reprinted with permission from Drama Desk News, 1985-2013)
John Istel continues a series of interviews with Drama Desk Award recipients whose work has returned to a New York City stage this season.
"A muse of fire" lit up the Eugenia Room, as Charles Wright recounts, for Drama Desk's panel, "Why Shakespeare? Why Now?"
Eighty Drama Desk members and guests gathered to celebrate - a few days early -William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on Friday, April 4, 2014, for a luncheon-panel that featured five distinguished theater professionals, moderated by scholar-author-translator Carol Rocamora, addressing the topic “Why Shakespeare? Why Now?”
William Wolf reports on Drama Desk's February panel featuring a bevy of press agents talking shop.
How do you make a show a hit and keep it running? Do you always need a major star? Can publicity ploys give a production a lift? How has the Internet and social media changed the potential for reaching the public?
The transcript of Drama Desk's panel, "You Gotta Have a Gimmick," was transcribed by David Kaufman and edited by Edward Karam.
The panel took place on February 10, 2014, at Stage 72/Triad. It was moderated by Randie Levine-Miller and included critic Peter Filichia (a former Drama Desk President); veteran theater publicists Josh Ellis and Susan Schulman, as well as Leslie Badden Pappa.
Randie Levine-Miller: Today's theme is “You’ve Got to Have a Gimmick... or a Star.”