Seventh inning balloon ceremony at Koshien Stadium.

In a last gasp of summer freedom, I traveled to New York this past weekend to fill a long-recognized gap in my theatregoing experience by seeing Porgy & Bess. Like much of the rest of my summer, the trip had a theatrical element. What surprised me was that the following lyrics from the show’s standard Summertime (first performed in 1935) managed to describe perfectly my summer of 2012:



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They are the words every actor dreads hearing. The half-hearted “Thanks . . . that’s all we need to see today” or “Unfortunately . . . we cannot offer you a role, but please do audition for future productions.” A working actor is only such when we are, well



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Devised theatre? Also known as collaborative creation, original work, or ensemble pieces, among other names, devised theatre is a unique concept to be sure and not easily defined. For the past six months I have been part of



Alexandra Linn in <em>Putting It Together</em> (Colby College, January 2011). Photo © 2011. Jeff Earickson, Colby College.

Alexandra Linn in Putting It Together (Colby College, January 2011). Photo © 2011. Jeff Earickson, Colby College.

Okay, so it’s not exactly how the song goes. But this is surely my own “Season of Love.” 92,520 minutes short of a year ago I packed my station wagon to the gills and drove 618 miles from the quaint and quiet coastal town of Rockland, Maine to follow my big city dreams in



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There are several summer delights that I relish and look forward to every year: a baseball game (major or minor league) on a summer evening, the forbidden indulgence of a mocha chip ice cream cone, and fireworks on the fourth among them. But six years ago I discovered another summer pleasure to savor; this one is not illicit in any way and even involves air conditioning:

The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF)