More Travelin' Artists
Last week's feature story on Austin artists who are spending their summer vacation time doing art in other cities was too small to cover every local director, playwright, actor, dancer, and painter who's hitting the road this summer, so here's an addendum covering a few more wandering locals and what they're up to.
- Director Michael Bloom of the UT Austin Department of Theatre & Dance headed to Boston last month to accept the 1999 Elliott Norton Award for Outstanding Direction at a Major Theatre for Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, which he staged at the Huntington Theatre Company there. Our hearty congratulations to him. Next month, he returns to Boston to direct Mrs. Warren's Profession at the Huntington.
- Playwright Colin Swanson (Waterless Places) has flown off to Prague for two weeks. While the reason for the trip is unrelated to theatre -- Swanson does accounting work and some writing for a small legal and economic consulting firm there -- the playwright will be strengthening her ties to the English-language theatre community developed during the time she lived there and during follow-up visits. In 1997, she attended the Prague Summer Writers' Workshop, where she spent two weeks under the guidance of Paula Vogel. This year, Swanson says she'll be looking into applying for a Fulbright, networking for potential teaching and research opportunities in theatre, and getting a better grip on the language.
- Josh Frank -- whose Theaterless Theater Corps is headed to NYC for the Ice Factory '99 gig reported in last week's article, just returnedfrom Prague, one of his stops on a vacation tour of Europe. In addition to seeing lots of theatre (including a rarely staged opera by Kurt Weill which travels to the Brooklyn Academy of Music this spring), Frank met with the manager of German filmmaker Werner Herzog and got permission to stage the first authorized adaptation of one of his films. Frank's Stroszek, adapted from Herzog's The Ballad of Bruno Stroszek will premiere locally this fall.