Month: February 2014

A Big Hello from the Director of the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA)

Tessa LaNeve

Tessa LaNeve, Director of ESPA and New Arts Programming

Oh well, hello. How do you do? I must say, that shirt looks really nice on you.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Tessa LaNeve, and I’m the Director of ESPA and New Arts Programming at Primary Stages… and I have the best job in the world. Except for maybe the people who name nail polishes and lipsticks. I’ve always wanted to try that out.

So – the greatest job in the world? Making a home – like, a real home with comfy chairs and a kitchenette – for over 2,000 emerging and established artists at the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). Yes, the classes and workshops are stellar. And the faculty is the bee’s knees and the cat’s pajamas. But what makes ESPA a very special place is our belief in having a home. (more…)

Creating a Season with Associate Artistic Director Michelle Bossy

Get a glimpse of the artistic production process from Primary Stages Associate Artistic Director Michelle Bossy as she walks us through the steps of assembling a season.

Associate Artistic Director Michelle Bossy

Associate Artistic Director Michelle Bossy

Even though we recently announced our 2014/15 season, in our administrative offices on 38th Street, our minds are already on 2015/16! We are still reading plays. Lots of them. Season planning doesn’t happen the month before we announce; we do it all year long. It is an ongoing process – creating relationships, talking with playwrights, agents, directors, actors, literary managers and artistic directors; attending readings, hosting readings, and stealing away quiet office afternoons to read the plays that are in our inboxes – that sometimes takes months or years. (more…)

The Tribute Artist is “SHEER JOY!” says the New York Times

The Tribute Artist, now a New York Times Critic’s Pick, opened this weekend to rave reviews!

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The Cast of THE TRIBUTE ARTIST

“Charles Busch’s delightful and slyly insigntful new comedy. The greatest pleasure of The Tribute Artist is watching Ms. Halston and Mr. Busch trading barbs so fluently, aggressively and affectionately….two top comic artists, in perfect harmonic disharmony.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times  (more…)

Meet a Tribute Artist: Jonathan Walker

Primary Stages sat down with actor Jonathan Walker to discuss his process, his work with Charles Busch, and his character in The Tribute Artist.

Jonathan Walker

Jonathan Walker in the Primary Stages production of Charles Busch’s THE TRIBUTE ARTIST

What is your role in The Tribute Artist?

I play Rodney Ash, Adriana’s long lost (degenerate, deadbeat, sort of charming but deadly, drug addicted, body snatching, gigolo) lover. (more…)

Meet a Tribute Artist: Cynthia Harris

Primary Stages sat down with The Tribute Artist cast member Cynthia Harris to chat about her character, the rehearsal process, and highlights from her extensive career on stage and screen.

Cynthia Harris

Cynthia Harris in the Primary Stages production of Charles Busch’s THE TRIBUTE ARTIST. Photo by James Leynse.

What is your role in The Tribute Artist?

Adriana, my character, dies a natural death and Jimmy, played by Charles, borrows my identity in the hopes of selling the townhouse in which I live.

What did you think of it after the first read? (more…)