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Brandon Milardo photographed by Andrew Keefe


Cornered: Brandon Milardo on Marketing for an Arts Organization

When something as intangible as art or performance has to be publicized and advertised, the challenge lies in convincing the community that a valuable experience is being offered. Brandon Milardo, who is the marketing director at Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP), has to navigate through the process of building a relationship between the company, its audience, and the surrounding businesses. We met up with Brandon to discuss his position at ASP and his thoughts on reaching out to the community.


Hedwig and the Angry Inch, photo by Joan Marcus


Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theater

Currently playing on Broadway at the Belasco Theater in New York City, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” has been nominated for 8 Tony awards — so far. This rock musical is centered around Hedwig, the transgendered lead singer in a fictional rock and roll band from East Germany. The production, written and performed by John Cameron Mitchell with music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, first appeared off Broadway in 1998.


Abe Lincoln's Piano at the Cutler Majestic Theater


Abe Lincoln’s Piano at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre

Artscope was at the Cutler Majestic Theater for a recent performance as Hershey Felder stepped out on stage with only artfully configured lighting and a few props to lead us through the crisis of President Lincoln’s assassination.

It helps, when one has something to say, especially over the length of 90 minutes, to be multi-talented. To sing, to dance, to mime, to mimic doesn’t necessarily illuminate every wrinkle of this complex communal and personal tragedy, but it does provide entertainment, and even provocation to wonder.


Danny Bryck, Skye Ellis (inside puppet), Sophorl Ngin, Jaime Carrillo and Nael Nacer in a scene from the world premiere of SILA by Chantal Bilodeau. A Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Project, produced by Underground Railway Theater. Photo: A.R. Sinclair Photography.


Underground Railway Theater presents Sila at Central Square Theater

Put eight characters of differing allegiances embodied by eight seasoned actors on Baffin Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, stir in climate disruption along with assorted native spirits, animals and near-death/real death experiences, and you have a potent, compelling brew.


ASP's Henry VIII - Cardinal Wolsey (Robert Walsh) and Queen Katherine (Tamara Hickey)-photo by Stratton McCrady


Henry VIII at the Modern Theater at Suffolk University

Boston, MA – A rare opportunity exists to see “Henry VIII,” one of Shakespeare’s seldom-produced plays, at the Modern Theater at Suffolk University. Directed by Tina Packer, the Actors’ Shakespeare Project gives us a fine glimpse of this very complex Tudor monarch, played by Allyn Burroughs, two of his six wives — Katherine of Aragon (Tamara Hickey) and Anne Boleyn (Kathryn Miles) — and the proud, ambitious Cardinal Wolsey (Robert Walsh).


The Magic Flute October 2013 Company Shot, set by John Conklin, costumes by Nancy Leary, lighting by Mark Stanley, photo credit Eric Antoniou

The Magic Flute October 2013 Company Shot, set by John Conklin, costumes by Nancy Leary, lighting by Mark Stanley, photo credit Eric Antoniou


Boston Lyric Opera’s The Magic Flute: In A New Key

The Boston Lyric Opera’s Magic Flute, in a new English language adaptation that world-premiered at the Shubert Theater Friday night, reveals the Tao of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart not through words but ultimately through the music itself. This contemporary reworking of Mozart’s final operatic fantasy, in performance through October 13th at the Shubert Theatre, updates the eighteenth-century libretto and resets the action among the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan.


Experimental Theatre takes shape at Touch Gallery.

Experimental Theatre takes shape at Touch Gallery.


Creatures at Touch Art Gallery

If I seem a little out of breath, don’t worry; experimental theater does that to me. “Creatures,” staged by Boston Experimental Theatre (B.E.T.) at Pezhman Tavori’s recently opened Touch Art Gallery, worked its audience.


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McCaela Donovan, Alejandro Simoes and Dale Place (Photo by Mark S. Howard) at Lyric Stage Company in Boston.


One Man, Two Guvnors at Lyric Stage

Types such as the grasping, controlling father, the impetuous, love-lorne daughter/son; the imperious master and oppressed servant; the materialistic cleric and the cowardly braggart paraded in a universal and eternal dance of fools.


Bill Mootos, Stephanie Clayman, Steven Barkhimer and Liz Hayes in Alan Ayckbourn's "Absurd Person Singular." (A.R. Sinclair Photography)


Absurd Person Singular at the Central Square Theater

Sir Alan Aycbourn’s play about three couples in the London of the 1970s climbing the social ladder through three successive Christmas parties is deliciously interpreted by the six actors who both partner and subvert each other’s efforts…



Q & A with Joi Gresham, Director and Co-Trustee of the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust

Huntington Theater Company in Boston’s South End is currently performing Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” a play that first debuted in 1959. When Hansberry passed away in 1965, she named her former husband as her literary executor, and that man later remarried Joi Gresham’s mother.