What a wonderful coming together of bright and dedicated collaborators. Jill brought out the best in that large crowd of directors and friends. She and her team managed to get half of Philadelphia, plus one director from Baltimore, to pack the Playground. Amazing.
We split up into groups of 5 or 6 participants and discussed a wide range of topics: including, different ways of directing where we compared the frozen-in-time classical Russian ballet to modern American dance which allows significantly more freedom to a choreographer. We also talked about the responsibility that everyone has to contribute to the success of a play--not only the playwright and the artistic director, but all the actors and theatre artists involved in a production.
The evening ended with a preview of the different topics at the upcoming monthly salons at various locations. Group members then shared news with everyone. I greatly enjoyed the evening and the many people who came up to me afterwards and wanted to learn more about the new website, Drama Around The Globe.
Many thanks to Jill and everyone involved in making this event a success, including: Taste the Difference Events for providing platters of delicious food and Vynecrest Vineyards & Winery for a wide range of wines. I am looking forward to many more salons in support of Philadelphia theatre.
not pictured: Susanna Berger, Anat Eshel, and Page Ridgeway.
Photos by Hannah Van Sciver