By Ruthie Fierberg Acclaimed actor Kathryn Hunter has a longstanding history with Theatre for a New Audience, and now returns to her stomping grounds for their latest production: The Emperor. Running through September 30, the play—based on the book by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński—serves as a sort of biography of Ethiopia’s emperor Haile Selassie via…Read More »

BROOKLYN PAPER: Doing her parts: Actress plays 11 male servants in The Emperor

By Julianne McShane She’s playing all the king’s men. An award-winning actress will portray nearly a dozen different men in “The Emperor,” a play opening at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Fort Greene on Sept. 16. Kathryn Hunter said that she learned to juggle between the 11 male servants she plays by studying the book…Read More »

TDF STAGES: How Do You Dramatize the Downfall of an Autocrat?

By Gerard Raymond The audience never sees His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie in The Emperor, Colin Teevan’s stage adaptation of Ryszard Kapuscinski’s eponymous book. But you get a vivid picture of the 20th-century Ethiopian autocrat and his court through memories shared by his eleven loyal servants, all portrayed by Olivier-winning actress Kathryn Hunter. In the…Read More »

TIMES SQUARE CHRONICLE: The Emperor Kathryn Solitarily Surrounded by her Loyal Servants

Theatre for a New Audience, much to my pleasure, dives into their new season with a fascinating, although slightly distancing investigation on what it means to be Emperor of a small African nation in the early 1900’s. In the U.S. premiere of The Emperor, directed with structure and simplicity by Walter Meierjohann (the site-specific Romeo and Juliet in…Read More »

CURTAIN UP: Review of The Emperor

By Charles Wright In October 1973, ITV, the English television network, dispatched Jonathan Dimbleby and a film crew from the news program This Week to Ethiopia to assess the severity of draught-related famine in that country. ITV’s coverage and the book Dimbleby subsequently published, both titled The Unknown Famine, exposed a colossal humanitarian crisis that…Read More »

NEW VIDEO: Go behind the scenes at PERICLES First Rehearsal

The cast, crew, and creative team of Theatre for a New Audience’s production of PERICLES assemble for the first day of rehearsal of Shakespeare’s late romance, welcomed by Director Trevor Nunn and TFANA Founding Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz.

THEATERMANIA: Theatre for a New Audience Season to Include Pericles Directed by Trevor Nunn

Theatre for a New Audience has announced its 2015-16 season, titled Inimitable Voices, which will run at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, in Brooklyn. The season will include four plays by major American and European authors. The season will open with New York City Players’Isolde (September 6-27), a new American play about memory, identity, the ephemeral,…Read More »

BROOKLYN INDEPENDENT MEDIA Interviews the Panelists of ‘SEEING COLOR: Casting African Americans in Shakespeare’

In preparation for our panel discussion SEEING COLOR: Casting African Americans in Shakespeare, Brooklyn Independent Media sat down with 3 of our panelists, actress, poet, and playwright Nehassaiu deGannes, Theatre for a New Audience Artistic Director Jeffrey Horowitz, and Shakespeare and performance scholar Katharine Goodland. Click here to view their full interview.

ARCHITECTURAL RECORD profiles Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center

Architectural Record conducts an in-depth profile on our new home and the work of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture on the project. Click here to learn more about the creation of the Polonsky Shakespeare Center.

The New York Shakespeare Exchange

The New York Shakespeare Exchange (NYSX) is a New York-based theatre organization that combines Shakespearean text with contemporary themes and urban settings.  They offer a variety of programs that are not only accessible but also a lot of fun.  One of these programs, “The Sonnet Project,” is ambitious theatre venture that involves film and theatre…Read More »