The Arden Blog

The Inside Jokes of ‘La Bête’

September 18, 2014

by Sally Ollove, Arden Literary Manager With its rhyming couplets, sale clever wordplay, door-slamming farce, boors and know-it-alls, David Hirson’s La Bête is a fabulous homage to the writing of…

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Reflections from an Arden Apprentice

June 19, 2014

Greetings from Arden Professional Apprentice (APA) Laurel Hostak! Last September, >mind I took my first tour of the Arden buildings, tried out my new set of keys, and—most importantly—met six…

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Black Market Relics

May 27, 2014

Though the black market in relics depicted in Incorruptible was perhaps exaggerated in scale to serve the story,  playwright Michael Hollinger drew upon inspiration from historical record. Relics, the physical remains…

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An Extended Interview with Michael Hollinger, playwright of Incorruptible

May 20, 2014

In 1996, the Arden premiered Michael Hollinger play, Incorruptible, directed by Terry Nolen. Next season, the Arden will premiere Under the Skin, its eighth Hollinger play—and the seventh directed by…

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Meet Olga

April 2, 2014

Olga Responsible. Assured. Nurturing. Tired. Olga Prozorov is the oldest sister at 28 when the play starts; she is the matriarchal figure. She starts the play as a schoolteacher, a job…

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Letters from the Rehearsal Room Part Six

March 26, 2014

Dear Audience- At intermission of our Thursday night preview, I overheard a young man say “Chekhov is like an old time reality show.” I couldn’t agree more. When I was…

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Meet Irina

March 25, 2014

Irina Bright. Idealistic. Determined. Naïve. Irina Prozorov is the youngest sister at 20 years old at the beginning of the play. Irina’s only desire is to go back to Moscow, which her family left when…

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Meet Masha

March 19, 2014

Masha Smart. Witty. Seductive. Dangerous. Masha Prozorov is the middle sister, about 21 years old at the beginning of the play. When she was 18, she married her teacher with…

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Letters from the Rehearsal Room Part Five

March 19, 2014

Dear Audience- I am writing to you from deep within tech—the period in which we add the technical and design elements in one marathon week. Actors work 12 hour days…

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Letters from the Rehearsal Room Part Four

March 12, 2014

Dear Audience- Yesterday, we said goodbye to the rehearsal room in the Hamilton Family Arts Center and moved to the Haas stage. On our final night in the rehearsal room,…

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