At Indiana University theater department, where students are taught how to act, sing, and dance, they also learn how to fight on stage and in front of a camera. WFIU's Adam Schwartz visited a stage combat class to learn the secrets of making fake violence look and sound real.
Author Anthony Arnove talks about working with historian Howard Zinn on the followi up to Zinn’s People’s History and how a key scene in the movie Good Will Hunting le to the development of the project into a theatre and then a video production.
The Bloomington Playwrights Project's 2009 Ballot Box Blizzard offers thirty plays by twenty-four playwrights in just a little over two hours. In fitting with IU and Bloomington's Arts Week the theme, broadly interpreted, is politics. The audience gets to vote on their favorites and during the two brief intermissions there are energetic conversations as the electorate conference over their decisions and mark their ballots. WFIU's George Walker has more.
For The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the stage of the IU Auditorium has been transformed into a school gym complete with the baskets cranked up to the ceiling and the spellers sitting on a set of those darned uncomfortable bleachers.
Ramon Esquivel's "Nocturnal" at the Bloomington Playwrights Project is a fast moving forty-five minutes of theatre that begins with a high school spray painting prank and ends with each of member of the quartet and the audience shaken by the night's events.
IU Department of Theatre and Drama Chairman and Producer Jonathan Michaelsen talks about the balancing act of putting together a season and how those balances worked in choosing “Dead Man Walking” as their opening show.
IU’s master scenic artist and staff designer C. David Higgins discusses stage director Tito Capobienco’s concept and its realization through his set and costume designs for the new production.
Actor Aarya Sara Locker talks about her fascination with atypical love stories and her delight in the challenge of playing a character who we see in snap shots every five years as she grows and changes from the early fifties into the mid seventies.
Composer and IU faculty member Don Freund says that the germination of this project was curious. It began with the venue, and then the musical style, and only then the choice of Shakespeare’s play as the source for the text.
Actors Thomas Root and Brent Williamson who play the two gentlemen talk about their backgrounds and their own take on the relevance of the truths in Shakespeare’s comedy.