Blog Archive - May 2019

Director Jane Nichols with the cast of The Learned Ladies

Director Jane Nichols' director's note for The Learned Ladies illuminates this production while also serving as a beautiful treatise on the rigors of comedic performance and why we need it, maybe more than even, right now. Please enjoy.

"Director's Note

The Learned Ladies is a scathing indictment of people Molière knew personally, as well as a comic satire on academic pretension, and repressive, narrow-minded views toward women’s intelligence and education. To boot, this is a rollicking family drama: sister versus sister, wife versus husband, brother versus brother, aunt versus herself, suitor versus parent, household help versus woman of the house. And then there are the two pedants at war as much with the English language as with each other.

No one escapes the bite of Molière's wit or rancor here, except perhaps Martine, the servant whose straightforward candor cuts through the pretensions and shabby excesses of self-regarding entitlement and with...

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Phillip Ray Guevara as Peter Rhys-Davies in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark / Photo by Isabel Le

From now until the end of the school year, we will be introducing and celebrating our graduating students, looking back on the work they've done during their time here, and sharing their reflections and wisdom as they head off into the professional world. Today our series continues with graduating MFA actor Phillip Ray Guevara.

Phillip Ray Guevara / Photo by Adam FontanaWhat do you know now that you didn’t know when you started this program?
I think I have a better understanding of how to connect the person I am with the person I want to be. This program has helped me develop a genuine sense of self worth and this whole "acting" thing seems a lot less daunting now. There's always this...

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