Jan 15 2016

A Lifelong Passion: Libby Appel on Translating Chekhov

I discovered Chekhov’s plays when I was 16 years old and an English teacher in my junior year high school class assigned us The Cherry Orchard to read. It was a revelation for me from the first moment I picked it up. I still have difficulty understanding how a teenage girl could fall so madly in love with this play about loss, memory and grief, but fall in love I did. And this was the start of a lifelong passion with all of Chekhov’s works.

Jan 14 2016

Vivienne Benesch: Launching 2016 with Three Sisters

Making her debut as PlayMakers’ Producing Artistic Director, Vivienne Benesch also takes on the role of director for our next Mainstage production, Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Vivienne first read Three Sisters in college and says she learned more from working on one of its scenes than from every other scene from the entire semester put together.

Dec 18 2015

KJ Sanchez brings Highway 47 to PRC²

In a fascinating story expertly told, KJ shares a unique family history and what it was like to live under 300 year-old Spanish land grants in the high desert of New Mexico, where her family was among the original settlers.

Dec 7 2015

Behind the Scenes: A Peter Sketchbook by Mitchell Jarvis

Ever wonder what our creative cast members do backstage or during downtime at rehearsals? Actor Mitchell Jarvis, currently playing pirate chief Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, keeps a sketchbook of images from the show.

Dec 4 2015

Creating a Starcatching Color Palette for Peter

A show like Peter and the Starcatcher has an incredibly specific color palette, which means that we moved a lot of projects through the dye shop for this production,” says costume craftsperson Rachel Pollock.

Nov 30 2015

Holly Poe Durbin’s Costumes Bring Magic to Life

In our last post, Holly Poe Durbin described her design process from research to working with the costume team. Now, take a look as her creations are brought to life in our production of Peter and the Starcatcher.

Nov 19 2015

Lighting Designer Xavier Pierce on Finding Inspiration

To set the mood for Peter and the Starcatcher, lighting designer Xavier Pierce found inspiration from a variety of places, from his home in New York City and the work of artist Victor Eredel, to pictures and artwork such as the images we see below.