Telling stories

Both Paul & Katie touch on the nature of artistic ensembles in their recent blog posts, something I’ve been pondering myself lately. I consider the Lifeline ensemble truly fortunate, since the primary function of the group is to choose and develop the material we produce, not merely just to direct/design/act in it. We aren’t stuck […]

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News, news, and more news

Ron Hansen was here! Again! (Elise Kauzlaric, Brenda Barrie, Ron Hansen & Christina Calvit) Author Ron Hansen returned to Lifeline on March 14th to see the finished Mariette in Ecstasy (he’d already come on first preview weekend!) He did a book signing between the 4pm and 8pm shows and a talkback after the latter. We’ve […]

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Pain

As we’re working on Mariette in Ecstasy, a play which examines the lives of nuns at the turn of the century in upstate New York, I find myself struggling with one of the key ideas of the text. Why would anyone actively seek pain? Mariette Baptiste, a young postulant, loves Christ with a passionate, teenage […]

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