It's nice to see that White still has a place in the billboards outside the New Victory Theater. We had such a great time there.
White has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award in New York. It is nominated for Unique Theatrical Experience. We are all thrilled. The New Victory where we played White have also been given a special award: "For providing enchanting, sophisticated children's theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people." So we are thrilled for them too. The awards are on the 3rd of June.
Had a lovely review in one of the NYC blogs The Connected Mom.
"It began with the premise that children are intelligent and discerning audience members. It assumed they are perceptive and emotionally intelligent and compassionate creatures. My son left the play wanting to see it again. I left with a renewed love of the theater."
You can read the rest of the review here
Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
I love this photo from a show at the New Victory the other day. Thanks Alexis.
There is a lovely preview piece in Time Out New York Kids for this month - cklick here to read it.
White has been described as "an elegant little romp" and having "a slightly subversive edge" by the New York Press
Potato Needs a Bath has had another lovely review during it's run at the New Victory Theater
Potato has had a 5 star review from Time Out New York while performing at the New Victory Theater
Rob Weinert-Kendt has done a great article on the emergence of Baby Theatre in American Theatre magazine. I spoke to him last year when My House was playing at the New victory Theater in New York.
I particularly love this quote from Tony Reekie in it:
"... I wouldn’t want some of the people we work with to educate my children! But to tell my children a story, I can’t think of anyone better.”
Yesterday, Rob and I had a day off so we got out of Manhattan for a few hours and went to a place called Dia:Beacon. It's about an hour outside New York and is a gallery for large scale contemporary art works, many of which are amazing.
What was fascinating was that there were a small group of children, aged 1-4, who were also enjoying the works. Particularly one of four huge pieces by Richard Serra. It was collosal. It dwarfed the children...in fact it dwarfed everything. It was a huge piece of rusted metal wall. It was dark and shadowy yet the children were happily enjoying the space. Made me think about conventional materials for very small children. Thought it was interesting that the size and substance wouldn't be most peoples idea of what a toddler would enjoy, but this group were and suspect they are not unusual in that.
"What interests me is the opportunity for all of us to become something different from what we are, by constructing spaces that contribute something to the experience of who we are." - Richard Serra
You can see a couple of images of Richard Serra's works on their website: