A longstanding debate: Do I follow the stage directions in a script? Did the playwright write them or did the stage manager record them from the first production? What if my scenic design doesn't allow for the exact execution of the playwright's stage directions? Some of the questions I frequently hear from actors and directors, and the list goes on.
Take a read over James Shapiro's Op-Ed piece in The New York Times about modernizing Shakespeare's language for production. Spot on and exactly why we need to teach what the language is doing, not just what it means. Here's the article.
In September I was writing in my journal, and I started to get an idea for a longer play. I decided that in order to get it done, it might be fun to serialize it on my blog, with the idea that a new entry to the play would come out each Monday at Noon (EST). I finally got myself to sit down and write the first entry, and here it is. My goal is to have an entry each Monday until the play is done. Stay tuned, read the play, and send me feedback. You never know when I might need some inspiration. And thanks for reading!
In the spirit of new beginnings with this blog, I'm going to start a series of regular posts highlighting the work of artists who I admire. To kick off the series, I wanted to draw attention to the photography of Sharon Murphy, an Irish colleague and friend who I've known for over 10 years now.
I'm very excited to relaunch my website, joesalvatore.com, with a brand new look. #Grateful to Christine Carforo for her incredible design, thoughtful input, and patience with my so-called technical "skills." I can't praise her and her work enough.
Keep your eyes on this blog for matters and musings, just like the title says. I'll be posting about upcoming projects and performances, current events that matter to me, discoveries that I'm making as an artist and teacher, and maybe even some new plays. Stay tuned!