21 October 2015

Boston’s Theater Scene: Not All Arts Are Created Equal

Originally posted at The Boston Globe (10/21/2015) Emerson College’s plan to reconfingure the historic Colonial Theatre into a multipurpose space, including a student cafeteria, has shocked the arts community. Meanwhile, other theaters in Boston are also facing closure. The arts are in crisis we are told, and it’s true. But the arts have always been […]

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10 May 2014

Interview with Magda Romanska, author of “The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor”

Originally posted at Anthem Press Blog (5/9/14). The following is an interview with Magda Romanska, author of The Post-traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor: History and Holocaust in ‘Akropolis’ and ‘Dead Class’ This book is a historical and critical analysis of the post-traumatic theatre of Grotowski and Kantor, examining the ways they represent Auschwitz in their […]

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5 January 2014

Offstage, Dramaturgs Are Playing a Prominent Role

By Joel Brown GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JANUARY 04, 2014 The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas will hold their annual conference here in June. “The theme of the conference is looking to the future to see where we are going,” says conference chairwoman Magda Romanska, an associate professor at Emerson College and editor of an […]

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21 August 2013

Last Tango in Poland: Farewell to Slawomir Mrozek 1930-213

Originally posted at Theater Magazine (8/20/13). On August 15th the world theater lost one of its finest. Sławomir Mrożek, the brilliant, world-famous Polish dramatist, died at the age of 83 in Nice, France, his home since 2008. For international theater-going audiences, Mrożek is most famous for his absurd comedies, two of which, Strip-tease (1961) and the […]

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16 April 2013

The Case for National Theatre

Originally posted at The National Performing Arts Convention (44/15/13). A provocative blog post making one case for a National American Theater. Magda Romanska posts a wide-ranging, historic, international perspective on American theater vs. national theater traditions. Mitt Romney’s offhanded crusade against Big Bird, announced in a presidential debate with President Obama during the last election cycle, put […]

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30 March 2013

How the Holocaust Shaped Theatre: Emerson Professor Describes Its Impact on Polish Directors

Originaly published at The Jewish Advocate (3/29/13) “In Jerzy Grotowski’s 1967 staging of Stanislaw Wyspianski’s 1904 play, “Akropolis,” a retelling of stories from the Bible and Greek mythology, actors dressed in caps and rags labor on a bare set. Their movements become increasingly mechanistic as if consciousness has left their bodies. Some become inert, only responding to […]

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2 October 2012

Escape From Circus: Review of Mabou Mines’s “Dollhouse”

Originally posted at HotReview (10/11/12). During the ten years of its run, when asked what I thought of Mabou Mines’s Dollhouse, I’ve always responded that based on the reviews, and the video of the production, I felt ambivalent about it. Now that the show is finally closing forever, and after finally being able to see it […]

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11 September 2012

Genuine Illusions of our Times: Richard Foreman in conversation with Magda Romanska

Originally posted at HotReview (9/11/12). [The following conversation with Richard Foreman was conducted on October 12, 2001, one month after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Some short excerpts were printed in Theater magazine (32:1, Winter 2002), but this is the first time the interview has been published in its entirety. More than a decade after the traumatic […]

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2 April 2012

Theatre Blog: “Café Variations” – A Constellation of Moments. On Making Meaning in Theatre

Originally posted at ArtsEmerson Blog (4/2/12). Magda Romanska, Emerson professor and dramaturg for Café Variations provides behind the scenes insight into the production… The trouble is I can’t make sense of my life at all. I can’t see a beginning and a middle and an end It seems to me to be just a bunch of […]

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26 March 2012

Theatre Blog: “Café Variations” – The Music of Gershwin

Originally posted at ArtsEmerson Blog (3/26/12). As a child, George Gershwin would constantly get in trouble; he was well on his way to becoming a juvenile delinquent. It was sheer luck that saved him when his mother decided the family needed a piano for Ira to start music lessons. However, as soon as the piano was […]

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