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Arden Theatre Company Announces 2006/07 Salons
Lively discussion series offers behind-the-scenes insights from theatre professionals

August 2, 2006

Philadelphia, PA - Arden Theatre Company is proud to announce its 2006/07 Salon series. Created to deepen the connection between artists and audiences, Salons provide an interactive, informal and entertaining opportunity for up-close-and-personal dialogue between the public and the region's premier theatre professionals. Salons are held from 6pm to 7:30pm at Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia.

You don't want miss these lively evenings, full of insights and anecdotes from behind the scenes! Salons are hosted by Arden's Associate Artistic Director Amy Dugas Brown, who founded the five-year-old Salon series. Says Dugas Brown: "I wanted to come up with a way to build a bridge between artists and audience members. Salons are a real conversation, not just a panel discussion." Salons are dynamic and festive, leaving both artists and attendees even more excited about theatre. Salons are perfect for theatre enthusiasts, theatre artists, students and anyone interested in learning what it takes to create the Arden's award-winning theatre productions.

Due to the increasing popularity of the series, the Arden has broadened the diversity of Salon topics this season. New subjects include From Page to Stage - Bringing a Novel Character to Life (apropos in a season that includes three literary adaptations) and Don't Kill the Critic with David Anthony Fox and Clifford Ridley (featuring two renowned Philadelphia theatre critics). Other Salon highlights include An Evening with Playwright Bruce Graham, whose play Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree will have its world premiere this season at the Arden, and Married to the Mob, featuring three of Philadelphia's most hardworking theatre couples.

Salons are $25 each, three for $70 or four for $80. Arden Theatre Company also offers special $10 tickets to students with valid ID. In addition to the discussion, the ticket price includes refreshments. Space is limited; reservations are encouraged by calling the Arden box office at 215.922.1122.

2006/07 SALONS

From Page to Stage - Bringing a Novel Character to Life
In a season that includes three literary adaptations of three beloved classics, how will the actors tackle the tricky job of bringing to life characters many of us have already cast in our minds' eye?

A Prayer for Owen Meany
Tuesday, October 10

John Irving's well-known character Owen Meany has a voice that sounds like he's murdering mice. How will actor Doug Hara accomplish that? Join director Terrence J. Nolen and cast members Hara (Owen) and Ian Merrill Peakes (John) in a discussion about how they approached Irving's quirky, complex world.

Crime and Punishment
Monday, November 27

The actors in Dostoevsky's tense, vigorous and psychological exploration of murder and redemption have their work cut out for them. How do they create - and recreate on a daily basis - a world of such dizzying emotional extremity? All three cast members reveal their triumphs and challenges.

Lookingglass Alice
Monday, June 4

The Lookingglass Theatre Company ensemble is renowned for its vibrant, innovative adaptations of literary classics. Each ensemble member contributes to the script and together they craft each moment that makes it from page to stage. Select cast members will share how they make a character their own while remaining faithful to Lewis Carroll's own eccentric ensemble.

Don't Kill the Critic with David Anthony Fox and Clifford Ridley
Monday, November 6

Arbiters of taste or harbingers of doom? Critics are a vital link between the art and the audience, but what does a critic feel is his responsibility to that connection? Two of the areas most respected critics David Anthony Fox (City Paper) and Clifford Ridley (formerly of The Philadelphia Inquirer) join us for a lively discussion about theatre criticism.

Can You Hear Me Now?
Monday, December 4

Join Barrymore Award-winning sound designer Jorge Cousineau as he reveals the power of a theatrical soundscape. You won't believe your ears as he gives living examples of how his work enhances your theatre experience.

A Dramatic Hothouse - Finding and Fostering New Work
Thursday, February 15

This February, Arden will workshop three new plays in three weeks as part of the inaugural, citywide Philadelphia New Play Festival: Where Theatre Begins. Join Murph Henderson, Arden's Director of New Play Development, and two of the Festival playwrights (expect David Davalos, Laura Harrington or Tom Donaghy) as we discuss the process of finding and fostering new plays.

Creating a Role
Monday, February 26

While bringing a classic character to life is thrilling, nothing gets an actor's blood up like the opportunity to be the first to breathe life into a new role. Join acclaimed Philadelphia actress Jennifer Childs, along with two actors in the Philadelphia New Play Festival, as they discuss their part in the playwriting process, the imprint they feel they leave on a new work and how they feel if the role is passed on to other actors in future productions.

How'd They Build That?
Monday, March 12

Every set you have seen in the theatre is the result of countless discussions, debates and deals among a director, set designer and technical director. From the director's concept to the set designer's vision to the technical director's blue print and bottom line, compromises and collaborations abound. Join us on a backstage tour of the Caroline, or Change set as director Terrence J. Nolen, Barrymore Award-winning set designer James Kronzer and Arden Technical Director Glenn Perlman point out everything they fought for on the set.

An Evening with Playwright Bruce Graham
Monday, March 19

Bruce Graham is unquestionably a feather in the cap of Philadelphia theatre. A gifted playwright (Coyote on a Fence, Philly Fan, Belmont Avenue Social Club, According to Goldman, among others) and screenwriter (Anastasia, Steal this Movie, others), Graham will share insights on his process, war stories from his work on both coasts, and probably a bawdy joke or two along the way.

"I Wanna Be a Producer"
Monday, May 7

Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen and Associate Artistic Director Amy Dugas Brown reveal the nitty-gritty of producing a seven-show season in a regional theatre. They'll cover actors and funders and everything in between, with time left over for questions about how they selected shows for the 2007/08 20th Anniversary season.

Married to the Mob
Monday, May 21

Step back Angelina and Brad - make way for these hardworking theatre couples. Maybe the paparazzi isn't a problem, but does working every weekend and mixing artistic temperaments really make for a loving marriage and secure family life? How do these couples deal with career ups and downs, bad reviews, long hours, and months on the road and still keep those home fires burning? Join Greg Wood and Susie Stevens, Catharine K. Slusar and Whit MacLaughlin, and Ben Dibble and Amy Dugas Brown as they try to make sense of it all.

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